Falklands : MOTION OF THANKS SPEECH BY THE HON MRS SHARON HALFORD
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 08.06.2013 (Article Archived on 06.07.2013)
Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, I would like to thank His Excellency for his address. And I notice he started with oil and I would agree it is an exciting and challenging time that we face in the future. However, the expectation of oil - I think a lot of people in the community have great expectations that we instantly are wealthy.
THANKS SPEECH BY THE HON MRS SHARON HALFORD
Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, I
would like to thank His Excellency for his address. And I notice he started with oil and I would
agree it is an exciting and challenging time that we face in the future. However, the expectation of oil - I think a
lot of people in the community have great expectations that we instantly are
wealthy. And I would add caution as the
Honourable Roger Edwards did but we are not there yet.
Yes. We have had funds in but I think we have seen
a lot of “Father Christmases” emerging in our society and I think we will see a
lot more as we move towards production with spending all sorts of money. Yes.
We can spend some but we have to be cautious but the more we spend the
less we may have in the future, especially if it doesn’t come to fruition
though we hope it does.
The other thing I would hope that
we would not lose should oil eventually come to the surface is our work
ethic. The one thing visitors from
around the world have been amazed about is how many people work in the
Falklands as opposed to how many actually work in other places. And I think it is very important, as you
said, that our economy does not become reliant on this money.
We have had heightened
international interest in the Falklands this year and fuelled, I suspect,
originally by Argentina. So I think we
should thank them for that – for giving us a platform on which to speak
We also had the referendum and as
others have said, it was very well conducted.
We had an outstanding turn-out and result. And as a result of that we have all been
around various countries around the world on the public diplomacy front. And all the countries I have visited have
been absolutely amazed at the turn-out that we had and the end result as
well. But at least they have recognised
that the people have spoken. It’s not
Argentina, it is not the UK, it is the people of the Falklands and that is what
is important. And all those countries I
visited were welcoming and they recognised the fact that the people have
I noticed this season that farmers
are still upping their game and supplying FIMCO. And some are still trying to supply FIMCO
although I would stress it is not exactly easy at this time of the year,
especially with our roads. You did mention
the importance of transport and I think it is something that some of us that
live outside of Stanley probably rely on more heavily than those actually
living in Stanley. Though I would say that the extra funding that was put
towards the road network last season has resulted, in my opinion, in noticeable
improvements Island-wide although much is still needed to be done and funding
will need to be continued on into the future.
As you said about health, we have
increasing costs. We also have
increasing expectations. I am hoping
that when we get the NHS Teaching Hospital partnership sorted, it will prove
very beneficial going forward. I would like to give a special note of thanks to
those in the Social Services Department who have kept things running while it
has been considerably under staffed for some time.
As the Honourable Dick Sawle
mentioned bringing Falklands’ legislation up to date is a huge task. And as you said, I have been reading a small
part of it and will be continuing to do so when I am overseas shortly.
I support the Motion.