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Old 29th Jul 2017, 21:28
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I'm looking forward to it as well. Argentina and Brazil are very slowly recovering from the toxic combination of populism and corruption but they never went as far as Venezuela.
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Old 30th Jul 2017, 06:22
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There's nothing wrong with Venezuela's political system. Corbyn tells us so.

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Old 31st Jul 2017, 04:53
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So I am assuming that Los Roques has just entirely imploded as a tourist destination.

Pity, best posadas, bonefishing and driftdiving I've ever experienced.
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Old 31st Jul 2017, 06:23
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Old 31st Jul 2017, 07:28
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Another useful idiot..

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Old 31st Jul 2017, 18:04
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Caution - aviation content!
My wife and I visited Venezuela 23 years ago on a 3 week small group tour taking in many of the highlights of the country. The tour guide was a Venezuelan who provided a significant educational content to the visit. We got out of Caracas pretty fast because even then it was not a great place to be, but elsewhere, everyone was friendly and seemed content with their lot. We learned that the socialist government wanted to provide everyone with good schooling, healthcare and social benefits. This was most easily achieved by persuading the poor farmers to come to the towns where they could be looked after more easily. The social benefits were not difficult to provide because of the income coming from oil sales - the country having massive stocks, as well as considerable other mineral wealth. The lack of jobs in the towns wasn't a big problem with welfare benefits for the unemployed, and food could be imported.Down near the Brazilian border we were taken to see gold being extracted by illegal mining washing away the rain forest. No-one seemed too concerned about it. Petrol was only about 3 cents per litre! The country clearly had huge tourist potential, but there were few doing anything to develop it.

Our first internal flight was from Caracas to Mérida 5000' up in the Andes in, I think, a 727. Interesting arrival as we descended in a visual circuit from an upwind position where the runway was visible off ahead and to the right of the plane. As we descended a mountain appeared between us and the runway! The pilot clearly enjoyed descending from downwind using the air brakes around the mountain staying about two wing spans away from the rocks and about 300 feet above the ground! We levelled on final to land on a runway surrounded on either side and at the end by buildings. (Check it out on Google Earth). Seemed pretty hairy at the time.

A later highlight of the trip was a fly-by of the Angel Falls in a DC3. I even got to sit in the left hand seat and waggle the controls. No locked flight deck door there!

After the tour, we took a short beach extension to Choroni, a quiet beach resort. My wife and I got quite friendly with a Venezuelan couple with whom we discussed the challenges of the country and my view that it could do much better, given its resources, if it wasn't suffering such corrupt government. Our new friends nodded. A day or so later, I mentioned our interesting flight into Mérida. The Venezuelan gentleman said how dangerous the airfield was with numerous accidents every year adding that he had tried to get jet flights into there banned when he had been Minister for Aviation! Oops - you don't always know who you are talking to!

Anyway, the collapse in the oil price now seems to have had disastrous consequences for an economy based on socialist principles which didn't include keeping everyone working and making 'real' money. As well as silence from Corbyn, has anyone heard anything from Ken Livingstone, another great fan of the country?
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Old 1st Aug 2017, 08:21
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Maduros thugs follow the Socialist manual by rounding up the opposition..

Venezuela key opposition leaders seized after poll - BBC News

....any word from Corbyn yet?
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Old 1st Aug 2017, 23:18
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As of the 1 August, all dependents of British Embassy staff have been withdrawn from Venezuela.
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Old 2nd Aug 2017, 10:30
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....any word from Corbyn yet?
Labour MPs urge Jeremy Corbyn to condemn Maduro’s Venezuela regime

Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure from MPs and socialist politicians in Europe to condemn personally President Maduro’s violent regime in Venezuela.

British MPs from all parties called last night for the Labour leader to speak out after his historical support for the state’s leadership. Censure of Mr Maduro grew yesterday following reports that two opposition leaders have been seized from their homes.

Angela Smith, a Labour MP who has joined a new all-party parliamentary group on Venezuela, declared herself “appalled” at the “wilful destruction of democratic structures” in the country. “I hope that my party leadership will as soon as possible condemn what’s happening in the country and call for the release of opposition party political prisoners,” she said.....

The Tory MP Mark Pritchard, a member of the all-party group, praised Mr Corbyn’s long history of campaigning for human rights in Latin America, but added: “His silence on Venezuela is now disappointingly deafening.” Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, told The Times: “I think a lot of British people would be reassured if the leadership of the Labour Party made it clear that they had ended their infatuation with the Venezuelan regime.”

Mr Corbyn was also looking more isolated after Gianni Pittella, leader of the Socialist MEPs in the European parliament, censured Mr Maduro over his power grab at the weekend. With parliament under opposition control, Mr Maduro is creating a rival body that will have the power to redraw the constitution. The opposition, describing the process as a sham, boycotted Sunday’s elections in which members of the new body were chosen. Among those elected were Mr Maduro’s son, Nicolás Jr, and his wife, Cilia Flores. Critics say that the new assembly will bypass parliament and establish a Cuban-style dictatorship.

Mr Pittella said: “The vote cannot be seen as a genuine act of democracy — it was held against a backdrop of political violence, only increases divisions in the country and threatens Venezuela’s democratically elected institutions. The election was a sham and the latest example of President Maduro’s slide towards authoritarianism. We condemn his actions in the strongest possible terms.”

Other left-wing European parties weighed in to distance themselves from the Caracas regime. Pedro Sánchez, the leader of Spain’s socialist party, said he “strongly condemned the destruction of the democratic freedoms that is taking place in Venezuela”. He added: “We must demand from the Maduro regime — because it must be called that — the liberation of each and every political prisoner.”.....

On Monday Liz McInnes, Labour’s shadow foreign minister, urged “the government of Venezuela to recognise its responsibilities to protect human rights, free speech and the rule of law”. She added: “President Maduro must also respond personally to the legitimate concerns of the international community about the increasingly authoritarian nature of his rule and the growing hardship facing his people.”.....

Sources indicated that Mr Corbyn did not plan to make a statement......
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Old 2nd Aug 2017, 10:32
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....any word from Corbyn yet?
He's waiting for Diane Abbott to come up with her version of Venezuela's trade figures that he can quote
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Old 2nd Aug 2017, 12:27
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Not withstanding the political nonsense from Labour (above), I well remember whilst an apprentice at RAF Halton in the late 50s and early 60s, we had two Venezuelan apprentices in my entry. Their uniform, was very reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan's Major General. All gold braid and SD hats in the style of Italian policemen. RAF officers at Halton were reminded at least once, not to salute them!! At weekends, they used to stay in some of London's most expensive hotels, all paid for by the Venezuelan government. I'll bet they don't do that now, on the other hand.......
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I was 89th, we had one. He had a very nice car!!
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Old 2nd Aug 2017, 13:01
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Sources indicated that Mr Corbyn did not plan to make a statement......
Seamus Milne is probably begging social media sites to remove any videos of Corbyn praising the regime. He has a history of deleting his embarrassing posts.
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Old 2nd Aug 2017, 13:50
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Well, what a surprise.......

Venezuela 'fixed' referendum turnout - BBC News
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Old 2nd Aug 2017, 16:04
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That was predicted.
His son and wife are members of this new kangaroo thingie. (Sorry kangas, I like you guys)
I don't think this guy is going the way of Cuba - more like Erdogan and KimFatWun - probably thinking - If they can do it, so can I.
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Old 2nd Aug 2017, 16:21
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You know it's a crap country when even the airline HQ had 'LAV' on the door
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Old 2nd Aug 2017, 16:37
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I don't think this guy is going the way of Cuba........
Cuba, for all its faults, was at least a functional country.

No, Venezuela is heading the way of Zimbabwe. To all intents and purposes a failed state, broken by a savage experiment in revolutionary socialism. Whose establishment have themselves become the corrupt self-serving elite they swore to destroy, their raison d'être to hold onto their position and their privileges no matter what.

I wonder if the apologists for the regime see the irony?
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 07:31
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"......Britain’s three biggest trade unions have come under pressure to condemn Mr Maduro after it emerged that they have links to a UK-based campaign group that is supportive of his regime. Unite, Unison and the GMB are all affiliated to the Venezuelan Solidarity Campaign (VSC), which aims to “defend the achievements of the Bolivarian revolution” and claims to have ties to 18 British unions.

Unite said on its website that “record levels of investment in public services have seen four million Venezuelans lifted out of poverty”. The Trades Union Congress promoted a VSC event in March this year on its website.

Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, called on the unions to condemn the Maduro regime. “There are breaches of basic human rights and currently opposition leaders are being arrested in the middle of the night at gunpoint,” he said. “Venezuelans are suffering under the regime. There is 800 per cent inflation, starvation, hospitals with no medicines. They should condemn Maduro’s Marxist regime.”

Spokesmen for Unison and the GMB confirmed that they were affiliated to the VSC. The TUC said it did not have a position on Venezuela. Unite declined to comment......."
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 07:50
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Venezuela voting machines ‘were tampered with’

President Maduro has been accused of organising election fraud on a “historic” scale after it was revealed that officials invented one million votes in Sunday’s constituent assembly election. The allegation was made by Antonio Mugica, chief executive of Smartmatic - the company that provides the country’s voting machines.

“Based on the robustness of our system, we know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a national constituent assembly was manipulated,” he said. “We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by authorities is at least one million votes.”

The government had used what it alleged was a “record-breaking” turnout as justification for pushing ahead with the constituent assembly. The all-powerful body, which is expected to be installed today, has the power to re-write any law it wishes. The Venezuelan National Electoral Council announced on Sunday that 8.1 million people, or 41 per cent of the electorate, participated in the vote. Hundreds of near-empty polling stations and exit polls from independent and opposition sources suggested the real figure was about half that at best.

Scepticism over the government figures was rife, given that they would indicate an improbable comeback for the ruling Socialist party in the midst of a calamitous collapse in the country’s economy and anti-government protests. Venezuela did not allow independent observers to oversee the vote, which was boycotted by the opposition.......

Luis Almagro, the former foreign minister of Uruguay who is head of the Organisation of American States, said the Smartmatic revelations confirmed Sunday’s vote was the “biggest electoral fraud in the history of Latin America”........
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It's all the fascist right's fault I tells yer.


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