Tuesday, May 09, 2006


Guess who Ken's invited over for tea? From the Times:
Which international leader publicly threatens to blow up his country’s oilfields, supports Iran’s nuclear programme, says that the Falklands belong to Argentina and believes that Robert Mugabe is a "true freedom-fighter"?

The answer is none other than Hugo Chávez, the President of Venezuela, who readily antagonises and hurls insults at the leaders of other nations, including Tony Blair, whom he called an "ally of Hitler". Next week London will have the dubious honour of a visit by Señor Chávez, hosted by none other than its mayor, Ken Livingstone.

Emboldened by a huge windfall of petrodollars due to climbing oil prices, Señor Chávez has no shortage of international cheerleaders. He has become the voice and leader of the resentful of our world. From Argentina to the offices of the Greater London Authority, almost every person bearing a grudge against capitalism, free markets, democracy and the rule of law support his "revolution".
Meanwhile, in the eyes of our European neighbours, our very own chavs have propelled the UK to the top of the yob charts.

UPDATE Why Blogger won't allow comments on this is beyond me. Am checking out WordPress because for all their talk, Google aren't really delivering. But then what can you expect for nowt? Grrr...