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Call for Falklands flag to be raised at a Welsh county hall

05 Mar 2024 2 minute read
Councillor Huw Murphy has asked the Falklands Flag be raised at County Hall, Haverfordwest. Picture: Pixabay.

Bruce Sinclair Local Democracy Reporter

A call to raise the flag of the Falkland Islands at a county hall building in Wales will be heard later this week.

In a submitted question, which will be answered at the March 7 meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council, Councillor Huw Murphy will ask: “Would the Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council [Cllr David Simpson] agree to the raising of the Falkland Islands flag on June 14, 2024, outside County Hall?”

Liberation Day

“June 14 is Liberation Day within the Falkland Islands to celebrate the return of democratic rule following an illegal military occupation by Argentina. The restoration of democracy to the Falkland Islands on June 14, 1982, ultimately returned democratic rule to Argentina.

“The purpose of raising the Falklands flag at County Hall on June 14 is to remind us of the ultimate sacrifice made by 255 service personnel serving our country during the Falklands war.

“Poignantly 22 of those lost in the conflict were serving on HMS Ardent, a Royal Navy destroyer sunk on May 22, 1982. HMS Ardent has a close association with the county of Pembrokeshire through its affiliation with Milford Haven.”

“Great resonance”

“The raising of the Falklands flag at County Hall will have great resonance for the town of Milford Haven and for members of the HMS Ardent association, in that their service many years ago is still remembered.”

The flag of the Falkland Islands features the Union flag in the top left along with a coat of arms featuring a ram and a ship, The Desire, which discovered the islands.

Cllr Murphy’s call to raise the flag at County Hall, Haverforedwest will be answered at the March 7 meeting, one of 35 items on the agenda, including the controversial potential council tax rise of 16.3 per cent.

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago

Why not!

Just don’t forget this was yet another Tory failure of diplomacy and government policy like Suez, keep this separate from the bravery of our Soldiers, Sailors and Airforce personnel…

New Labour have to face their own conscience…

4 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Part of Maggies’s distraction tactics for 1982 when her government wasn’t doing too well. Then she rode the wave of jingoism and Foot’s clumsiness to victory in 1983. And the electorate hadn’t even plumbed the further depths of indifference back then.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

I was subbing for RR in Shrews at the time, the drawing office had separated into hawks and doves, today the doves would get the sack…

the original mark
the original mark
4 months ago

Sounds like jingoism is still alive and well, this has nothing to do with the poor saps that were sent out there to fight, and the question still remains as to what would have happened had the english army faced a trained military force rather than a bunch of conscripts who didn’t wan’t to fight?

4 months ago

And while they are at it, on 19th of July they can fly the Jamaican flag, on Aug 15th the Indian flag, Oct 1st the Nigerian flag and Dec 12th the Kenyan flag, all of whom obtained independence from Britain and became democratic countries. Plenty of soldiers died in all of the above, and more.

Last edited 4 months ago by Gareth

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