“A key fact,” I say, “is that the 3,000 people who live in the Islands want to remain British.”
“Ah,” says the top diplomat. “But how do you know that? Opinion surveys can always be manipulated.”
This comment surprises me. I ask whether the diplomat knows from which country the people who live in the Falkland Islands originate or what language they speak; has ever spoken to a Falkland Islander; or has ever been to the Islands. The answer in every case is no.