Letter: More troops for the Falklands – but why announce it?

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain is to bolster the defences of the Falklands amid renewed fears that Argentina could mount a fresh invasion of the Falklands.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain is to bolster the defences of the Falklands amid renewed fears that Argentina could mount a fresh invasion of the Falklands.

MICHAEL Fallon has announced he will be sending more troops to the Falklands to see off a heightened threat of invasion from Argentina.

Why has he done this?

Would it not be better to quietly get on with it, and have all the necessary deployment there before announcing in public our plans for the island’s defence?

Mr Fallon did not win the by-election, caused by the death of Ted Fletcher, but he only narrowly lost out.

He did beat Labour’s Ossie O’Brien at the subsequent General Election less than a year later.

He is now MP for Sevenoaks after a period out of Parliament.

Fallon lost the Darlington seat to Alan Milburn in 1992.

Nigel F Boddy,

Fife Road,

Darlington.