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Thursday, 10 October, 2002, 08:17 GMT 09:17 UK
You've been Tango'd - comments
Argentina - You've been Tango'd. Thank you for sending us your comments. They will be posted here and updated throughout the week.
My heart goes out to those in Argentina. It only shows me that it's important to always have a back up plan.
Akua Hinds, Canada
I thought that the programme brought about good awareness of what was happening in Argentina, and I feel for the middle class people who have lost money. However, the programme did focus more on the bank HSBC than it did on any others, was it just HSBC or were others involved?
It is very important to be moved by what we see but apart from feeling anger we sometimes do not know how to act. Several comments in this page asked for what can be done. We invite all the people that care about Argentina to contact us. The Argentine Solidarity Campaign was set up in January 2002 in London by British and Argentine nationals. Our aim is to build solidarity with the people of Argentina.
We share your feelings of despair and exasperation about what is happening and we want to help from here, UK
At no point have the Argentine people looked to the military to get them out of the crisis - something they have frequently done in the past. This sign of political maturity is one ray of light in an otherwise dark period.
Marķa Vieyra, Argentina
Like some others, I was very disappointed by the 'technical quality' of the programme - i.e. the frivolity of imitating old newsreel-styles, the focus on middle classes no longer able to enjoy champagne and holidays in Cancun when some 50% of the population is officially recorded to be living below the breadline. This is a serious situation, not a place for the culture of game-shows and 'reality TV'; what happened to Reithian values?
I thought the You've Been Tango'd programme was excellent. Having lived in Argentina, it perfectly captured the desperation of the people there. A benchmark for good television.
Appalled at the manner in which programme was presented on Sunday 13 Oct. It was a distorted view of the reality of victims of the 'corralito'. Shameful, distasteful, ignorance and lack of sensitivity. I can provide advice and put you in contact with experts and Argentines suffering the crisis in a portrayal more akin to reality and quality of report.
Vijay Parbat, UK
If it is theft under international law then maybe other people should apply for an HSBC loan or credit card, pay the debt of one Argentinean and then refuse to repay HSBC on the grounds that the original debt is now repaid. Come on someone with influence or institution try it.
Rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. That is modern capitalism! Greedy American bankers and American government IMF,WB, and greedy Argentine politicians are to blame. It is time for the rest of the world to fight back this form of economical terrorism on ordinary people!!!
Argentina is becoming increasingly reliant on tourism. The devalued Peso is making tourism in this beautiful, but previously expensive country, all the more possible for Europeans. Nothing in your program went any way to encourage people to go to Argentina. In fact it did the reverse. Tucuman, a beautiful province, was made to look like a huge dustbowl. Buenos Aires is still an utterly stunning (and relatively safe) city, yet the photos I saw of it were mainly black and white, implying that all elegance had disappeared. Not true. I know many Argentines who whilst thankful for the coverage, were appalled by the content and its presentation. I am inclined to agree with them.
HSBC was asked for an on camera interview for the film - but the bank declined
I was moved by the plight of those people who placed their trust, in the banking system of such an unstable government. Why can't pressure be put on HSBC bank to make a policy change and make good all the hardship caused? I for one shall be considering closing my accounts with HSBC.
I watched the programme and thought it to be an extremely accurate reflection of what has happened there, and how it affects ordinary people. I was a Brit working in Argentina and left a year ago. I was however unable to empty my account before the "corralito" moved in - I doubt now I'll ever see more than 10-15% of what the government has taken. That money will be safely tucked away in a multitude of foreign banking centres, and in future-proof Dollars, not the sinking Pesos the Argentine people (and I) have been uncharitably given.
I protest - on behalf of these victims - to the HSBC and the IMF, and demand the return of these peoples' savings immediately. If we do not stand up for other peoples' rights, there will be no one to stand up for ours. And we might even lose them if we are not careful. Democracy is a very fragile commodity. Living in a great country like the UK, we need to stand and be counted. HSBC, you have lost a customer.
I for one will be changing my bank from HSBC and telling them why. If enough customers did this world-wide they would have to give the money back or face ruin.
Alejandro Canonero, UK-Argentina
I want to congratulate each and everyone who produced this report on Argentina, for its objectivity and truthfulness. BBC is, indeed, a reliable media.
I am an Argentine studying in London. I just know I love my country. I just can say that Argentina has all the resources to be a great country. We can't blame only the politicians, they are not aliens, and they are one of us with more power. We are all a little corrupted...so it's a matter of changing things from the roots. The power corrupts and the absolute power absolutely corrupts
Jeff Gardner, UK
If a trade union tries to protect its low paid members and shuts down an industry they are vilified as wreckers, but the banks protect their rich shareholders and destroy a country, Hey - no problem. Who says there isn't one law for the rich and another for the poor!
Your programme seems to have singled out HSBC for particular criticism. Was it worse than any other foreign banks operating in Argentina? I do not bank with HSBC and the only time I have been in touch with it was in connection with a trust which it manages and of which I am a beneficiary. I found the bank to be as uncommunicative with me then as it was in the programme with you.
George Mealor, USA
Where are the brave souls of the IMF whose charter supposedly is geared to safeguard against this very type of calamity?
Jason Lentz, USA
Greed always seems to take over in these situations, corporate America is no better and potential will be far worse, only time will tell. It is time political differences were put aside and the people must save themselves, surely Argentina must have a brave untainted Champion who will guide them out of this ridiculous situation. Time to tell the truth and win back support that is so badly needed. Viva Sasovsky.
It is day light robbery and no one is saying anything. What is the world coming to.
Argentines have always voted for provincial government which promised to waste cash on civil service bureaucracy, instead of letting it be invested it in hard-currency industries like tourism and food exports. Until these provinces stop wasting voters' cash, national reconstruction cannot begin.
Julie Webb, USA
It's such a shame that Argentina is like this now. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was among the top ten richest countries in the world.
Lyndon H. LaRouche, is a physical economist. His "New Bretton Woods" system, which was first established by Franklin D. Roosevelt, seems to be the only system that could work in the situation in Argentina. It is based on the fixed-rate exchange system, which could allow Argentina to pay back the right amount of money, the amount that they initially owed. Why can Argentina not adopt the same system by questioning IMF and World Bank, which seem to be imposing Argentina even now to deal with the international monetary issues, instead of its own national economy?
Louis Sparre, Argentina / USA
A very vital subject made somewhat difficult to watch not only by the subject matter, but also the annoying editing based seemingly on a French Art film. BUT why was seemingly no effort made to speak to someone senior from HSBC head office, or the IMF. Is the BBC yet again afraid of stepping on toes???
It seems this type of financial crisis recurs in S. America generally and in Argentina particularly. What has happened to the IMF help in the past? It's like a bank lending to a hopeless spender who always promises to reform but never does. Or is the Argentine Govt. actually stealing the money?
You may be trying to remain an impartial observer, but I wish you'd posted details of people at HSBC here in the UK, to whom viewers might write to protest about what's happening in Argentina.
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