politics.co.uk podcast: The Falklands under threat

Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, under threat once again
Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, under threat once again

Tensions are rising between Buenos Aires and London, as the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War looms.

Argentina is waging a 'war of attrition' against the inhabitants of the Falkland Islanders. Its diplomatic manoeuvrings threaten Britain's trade agenda in South America. But the UK is confident it can hold the Falklands in the event of a future military attack - and the possibility of oil in its waters is greatly encouraging those in Port Stanley.

This week Alex Stevenson interviews a genuine Falkland Islander, Barry Elsby, to get his views on the present difficulties;


ex-defence minister Derek Twigg, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on the Falklands;

and security expert Nigel Inkster of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

The question is a simple one: given the trouble Argentina is making, is clinging on to the Falklands really worth it?

Let us know what you think - but not on this page, please! We've set up a podcast forum on our Facebook page for you to air your views.

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