British Empire Threatens Argentine President Kirchner with Thatcher-Style Coup
June 27, 2012 • 8:13AM

On June 22, the Argentine daily La Nacion, voice of the country's British-allied oligarchy, trumpeted the Empire's threat to crush Argentina and replace President Fernandez de Kirchner with a Margaret Thatcher-style government.

On June 20, Fernandez had skipped the Rio+20 summit and returned home to deal with a national truckers' strike that disrupted energy supplies and created economic chaos, as truckers shut down refineries over demands for higher wages and income tax relief, while denouncing high inflation. Police were deployed to unblock oil refineries and release fuel.

In its editorial entitled "The President, in Shakespeare's Shadow," La Nacion made an analogy to developments in Great Britain in 1978-79, when Prime Minister James Callaghan was forced to return home from Guadaloupe to unsuccessfully deal with a truckers' strike led by union leader Moss Evans, amidst soaring inflation. Wage increases came too late, the daily warned, "the union convulsion" wasn't stopped, and Callaghan was removed.

La Nacion, which claims that Fernandez's protectionist economic policies are leading the country to disaster, pointedly notes that the British crisis, dubbed "the winter of our discontent" from Shakespeare's Richard III, led to Margaret Thatcher coming to power. "If Cristina Kirchner were able to grasp the intolerable British flavor of this story," — i.e., the same thing could happen to her — "she might discern a lesson, just so that events don't repeat themselves."

Despite the fact that truckers got a 25% wage increase last week, union boss Hugo Moyano, who is also head of the Peronist CGT labor federation, is holding another one-day stoppage June 27 that London-allied forces hope will destabilize the government. Although it is unclear what, or who, is motivating Moyano, the strike plan has split the labor movement; it is also backed by the same agricultural producers' organizations that tried to overthrow the Fernandez government in 2008, including most notably the landed oligarchy's Rural Society, a known British asset. As Fernandez has pointed out, truckers' demands for income tax relief is a fraud, as 80% of workers who are on the books pay tiny amounts of income tax, if any at all.

The regional environment is also being queued to favor a destabilization of Fernandez. On June 22, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo was impeached in a lightning-fast move by the country's Senate, which the Argentine President has denounced as a virtual coup d'etat — clearly looking as much over her own shoulder as the murky internal situation in neighboring Paraguay.