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LESLEY KEATING: To fake or not to fake, that is the question

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Everyone seems to be getting their knickers in a knot about a letter the Argentine president paid to have printed in two national papers, essentially claiming, again, sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.

No matter that this is just a PR exercise to gain kudos with her voters.

When a stony broke Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982, the government of the day was facing a discontented voting population.

So could it be a coincidence that again the Malvinas, as the Argentinians call the Falklands, are being used in a very public way in a bid to divert the populace from a very unpleasant meeting of the International Monetary Fund, which is investigating the country’s suspect economic statistics? Answers on a Falklands postcard.