The news, which reaches us on the 30th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War, that the Islanders are to hold a referendum on their choice of sovereignty, is, in my view, a bit daft.
Whatever the result, and it is almost certain to be a resounding vote to stay in (despite my revelation recently that 0.6% of the population is Japanese), the Argentines will claim, rightly, that we stuffed the place with British. Their claim, whatever its validity, is much older.
The effect the vote will have, though, is to stiffen the resolve of any future British government which thinks of giving them up. In this sense it is an astute move by the Islanders.