February 27, 2010
A Hong Kong Model for Falklands
Matthew Parris, The Times
Many people remember where they were on the Saturday morning in March, 1982, when the House of Commons met to hear Margaret Thatcher signal war on Argentina. But I remember where I wasn’t. I wasn’t in the House of Commons. I was honouring a commitment in my Derbyshire constituency. That misjudgment will remain for the rest of my life a small but significant regret.
As the task force set sail and battle commenced, I was to learn a lesson. The English are a surprisingly bellicose people. When it comes to a fight that we think we can win, calculations of rational self-interest are cast aside. Forget this, and you will miss your country’s mood and end up spitting into the wind.
All through that conflict I spat into the wind. I supported the war without a...
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