March 14, 2013

IF YOU DON'T THINK YOURSELF A NATION YOU AREN'T ONE:

Falkland islands referendum: who were the three 'No' votes? (Neil Tweedie, 12 Mar 2013, The Telegraph)

So who exactly are the 'Falklands Three', the trio of dissenters who voted 'No' to the Falkland Islands remaining as an overseas territory of the United Kingdom?

That was the inevitable subject of conversation in Port Stanley, together with satisfaction at the resounding victory for the Yes-vote in a referendum on the future of the territory. Of 1,518 votes cast during the two-day poll, 1,513 came out in favour of maintaining the islands' current political status, representing 99.8 per cent of the vote. One ballot paper was rejected and one remained unaccounted for after the count on Monday night. That left three people who desire either immediate independence from Britain or a transfer of sovereignty, presumably to Argentina, which claims the islands as its own.

Stanley is a small place - the entire Falklands enjoy a population of only 2,900 permanent and guest residents - and most things do not remain secret for long, but a secret ballot is a secret ballot.
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