We have had many threads that have discussed the plight of Venezuela and tonight things are taking a turn it would appear in that forsaken country.
There was an interesting BBC programme ' REVOLUTION IN THE RUINS: THE HUGO CHAVEZ STORY ' shown 16th Jan 2019. I recommend viewing it for those interested in the politics of then and it's resonance with the politics of today.
It covered the rise / Socialist Revolution of both Chavez and Moduro and the subsequent impoverishment of the Venezuelan people.
It followed the Economy, Nationalisation , Shut down of the press, Total Compliance , Loyalty or Prison, Government Brutality, finally Dictatorship.
Yes it did cover the good side of their nature and helping the population but it followed a time line of why and how through Economic Mismanagement, Continued Corruption, Printing Money, Borrowing Money , led to a crime wave that worsened under Moduro.
We all know, although some do not accept , the Venezuelan people are starving, Inflation runs in figures of obscenity, mass migration in the millions, shelves bare of supplies even of toilet paper , medicines and health care destroyed.
There were two people interviewed in the BBC programme and what they said chimed with me thinking of the politicians who have declared we ' Could learn from Venezuala' and we know who they are.
One said on the subject of ' Cult and Personality ' , being 'Seduced and Controlled ' :-
" Whilst we had the positive side we also had the slippery side to authoritarianism "
The other said :-
" You cannot just vote for the shiny new thing and the promises of ' Romantic Revolutions ' you have to vote for the boring politician that has stable ideas to move people over time '.
Will Moduro the dictator still be in power ? Events are showing today this ' just might ' prove too much for even him but he no doubt he will survive. After all brutality and oppression has become the way to control the people in his Socialist Venezuala.
Silent treatment - son
Caught in the act - neighbours
How to say it - 'no'