The Hollywood actor Sean (A member of the Ex-Mr Madonna club along with Guy Ritchie and star of 1980s brat pack movies about college boys and girls behaving badly) Penn has come in for a bit of flack after his pro-Argentine anti-imperialist comments on the Falkland/Malvinas Islands. Even Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has got in on the act. The trouble is whenever celebrities make ill-advised forays into political or economic analysis, regardless of whose side they take they tend to get ridiculed. And often rightly so. After all if Barack Obama tried his hand at acting or if David Cameron attempted to make it as a rock musician they would no doubt be sneered at.
Who’d want to live on a cold wet wind-swept island in the Atlantic anyway? I pose this question with deliberate irony as I type this, while looking out the window at the cold wet outdoors.
My solution is this. Give the islands to Argentina as long as they undertake to build a theme park dedicated to the one-eyed Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant “Just one more thing…” Columbo, as played by the late Peter Falk. It could be called the Falk-Land Islands Theme Park.