Outrage as M&S RENAMES the Falklands on globe using the Argentinian name ‘Islas Malvinas’ instead as it is called a ‘slap in the face’ for British troops who died in 1982 war
- The globes has the Argentinian name followed by Falklands Islands in brackets
- It also lists the capital city as ‘Puerto Argentino’ and not Stanley
- Veteran Simon Weston said M&S selling the globes was ‘crass stupidity’
Marks & Spencer has caused outrage by selling globes renaming the Falkland Islands using their Argentinian name – as critics say it is snubbing British troops.
Critics said it was ‘a slap in the face’ for the 255 British troops who died in the 1982 conflict over the South Atlantic islands.
The globes lists the British territory as the ‘Islas Malvinas’ followed by ‘Falkland Islands’ in brackets.
Marks & Spencer has caused outrage by selling globes, pictured, renaming the Falkland Islands using their Argentinian name. Critics said it was ‘a slap in the face’ for the 255 British troops who died in the 1982 conflict
They also say the capital is ‘Puerto Argentino’ with its correct name, Stanley, in brackets alongside the words ‘claimed by Arg and UK’.
The globe comes in two sizes, for £39.50 and £49.50, and is sold both in stores and online.
Falklands veteran Simon Weston, 58, who was badly burned in the conflict, said that M&S selling the globe was ‘crass stupidity’.
He said: ‘If you’re going to provide an educational tool then it has to be factually correct.
‘How can you educate when the globe is wrong and it is being sold in British stores which means British youngsters get the wrong information?’
Retired police officer Andrew Magowan, who spotted a globe at an M&S in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, said it was a ‘slap in the face to the brave service personnel’.
Falklands veteran Simon Weston, 58, who was badly burned in the conflict, said that M&S selling the globe was ‘crass stupidity’. M&S said they will review the product
Roger Edwards, who served with the SAS in the Falklands War and is a member of the islands’ legislative council, said that misunderstandings like these ‘occasionally crop up’.
He says this is the result of ‘decades of Argentine misinformation’.
M&S said that they will review the product following the backlash.
A spokesperson said: ‘This is a decorative item. However, we take all customer feedback on board and we will review the product.’
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