Every January 10th, Falkland Islanders celebrate Margaret Thatcher Day to celebrate the victorious British defense of the sovereignty and self-determination of the South Atlantic islands from an attempted Argentinian invasion in 1982.
Margaret Thatcher Day means even more this year, as Britain prepares to defend its own sovereignty by leaving the European Union on January 31st.
The reason Margaret Thatcher Day is celebrated on January 10th every day is because that day marks the anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s visit to the islands in 1983.
During the five day trip, the then British Prime Minister was given “the Honorary Freedom of Stanley and all Townships and Settlements throughout the Falkland Islands” award.
Back then, the British Prime Minister was being urged to negotiate with Argentina via the United Nations. She refused.
Much like President Trump, Prime Minister Thatcher refused to accept the “managed decline” theory pushed by many in her own government, and much of the bureaucratic and media classes.
Instead, she fought, and the history of the Falklands War is now well documented. She was proved right.
Mrs. Thatcher’s insistence of defending the sovereign choice of the Falkland Islanders was confirmed in a referendum in 2013 – some 30 years later – when 99.8% of voters opted to “retain their… political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?”
So join the National Pulse is raising a toast to Margaret Thatcher Day, today.