More words have been written about the Falklands/Malvinas than the islands probably deserve. Sadly, almost a thousand service personnel died there too, in the months after Argentina invaded 30 years ago this week. Why is the problem so intractable? The answer to that question can perhaps be boiled down to less than 70 words. Read more

William Hague travels this week to Brazil; the UK foreign secretary wants to curry favour and, more importantly, greater trade with Latin America’s rising powers. “Britain is coming back,” he says. “We are turning around decades of British withdrawal in Latin America.”

What a shame, then, that next door in Argentina much of British diplomacy has literally slipped back into the semaphore age – at least when it comes to the Falklands/Malvinas issue. Read more