Marks & Spencer causes uproar by selling globes showing the Falkland Islands under their Argentinian name

MARKS & SPENCER has sparked outrage by selling globes showing the Falkland Islands under their Argentinian name of Malvinas.

Falklands War hero Simon Weston, 58, has called the decision "crass stupidity" – and bosses from the company say the "decorative item" will be reviewed.

A total of 255 British troops died in the 1982 conflict over the South Atlantic islands.

But the M&S globes, sold in stores and online in two sizes for £39.50 and £49.50, list the British territory as the 'Islas Malvinas', followed by 'Falkland Islands' in brackets.

They also say the capital is 'Puerto Argentino' with its correct name, Stanley, in brackets.

In brackets, too, is a line saying the islands are “claimed by Arg and UK”.

Critics have called the globe a "slap in the face" for those who fought and died in the conflict.

Mr Weston, who was severely burnt when his ship was bombed in 1982, told the Express: “For Marks & Spencer to be selling something like this is crass stupidity.

“It misrepresents fact and history. There’s no Puerto Argentino and there never was.

"The islands have never been settled by the Argentinians.

“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?”

Roger Edwards, who served with the SAS in the Falklands War and is a member of the islands’ legislative council, said: “These misunderstandings occasionally crop up and are the result of decades of Argentine misinformation.

What happened during the Falklands War?

The two-month war was brief – but it cost hundreds of British lives.

On 2 April 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, a remote UK colony in the South Atlantic.

The move led to war with the British.

The UK, which had ruled the islands for 150 years, quickly chose to fight.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said the 1,800 Falklanders were “of British tradition and stock”.

A task force was sent to reclaim the islands, 8,000 miles away.

The conflict lasted just over two months from April to June.

The fighting ended on June 14.

It was a brief but bitter war, with 255 British troops losing their lives.

“The name ‘Falkland Islands’ dates back to 1690, when the English sea captain John Strong made the first landing of the uninhabited islands, nearly 200 years before Argentina became an independent nation.

"Our capital has always been Stanley since it was established in 1845.”

Shopper Andrew Magowan spotted one of the globes at a branch in Northern Ireland.

The retired police officer said: "It’s a slap in the face to the brave service personnel who died to liberate the islanders from Argentina in 1982.”

Officials from M&S say the item will be reviewed.

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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