daniel hannan Jeremy Corbyn’s Caracas to think a ‘socialist utopia’ helps the poor — as socialism is always the same story : Sun.

The left-wing government of Venezuela has applied socialist policies which have been cheered on enthusiastically by Western followers, most of all Jeremy Corbyn.

Daniel Hannan argues that socialism is not helping the poor in Venezuela

Daniel Hannan argues that socialism is not helping the poor in Venezuela

 

Venezuela is the latest country to have followed that path. When I was growing up in South America in the Seventies, Venezuela was a place people wanted to emigrate to.

Now it is in meltdown, with inflation at nearly 800 per cent, blackouts, shortages and documented cases of death from hunger.

What went wrong? The usual thing.

A left-wing government applied socialist policies, cheered on enthusiastically by Western fellow travellers, above all Jeremy Corbyn.

Hugo Chavez, the firebrand revolutionary who was elected in 1999 after an unsuccessful coup attempt was, the Labour leader said, an “inspiration to all of us fighting back against austerity and neo-liberal economics in Europe”.

That was in 2013, after Chavez had changed the constitution to award himself near autocratic powers, closed down critical media and put in place a command economy whose dire consequences were already becoming visible.

An article in which Corbyn applauded the way ‘Venezuela is conquering poverty by rejecting neo-liberal policies’ has vanished from the Labour leader’s website

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An article in which Corbyn applauded the way ‘Venezuela is conquering poverty by rejecting neo-liberal policies’ has vanished from the Labour leader’s website

Corbyn was not alone. The British Left in general lionised Venezuela’s comandante. Labour MPs trooped out to Caracas to express their support.

Seumas Milne, now Corbyn’s press spokesman, wrote in the Guardian of how: “Venezuela and its Latin American allies have demonstrated it’s no longer necessary to accept a failed economic model, as many social democrats in Europe still do.”

Union boss Len McCluskey saw Venezuela as a country that the rest of us should copy. “Europe might want to learn the obvious lessons from Venezuela,” he said.

Diane Abbott agreed that Venezuela showed “another way” of doing politics.

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2 Comments

  1. Well who’d have thought it? Jeremy Cornyn, according to the right wing press, is responsible for everything that happens in the world.

    This is not socialism to blame, it’s US interference, and sanctions. What interest would the US and the UK have in oil-rich Venezuela? How come they won’t condemn Saudi for bombing and starving the people of Yemen?

    Watch the media spin on this, aided and abetted by an ex Blairite MP.

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