May 20th, 2018


Groundhog day

General elections in Venezuela today. Really dodgy ones, where the authoritarian streak of the current lot in office begins to approach a real dictatorship (although polls give Maduro 37% against 32 of his main rival but this may not reflect in vote and the main opposition are calling for abstention). Maduro blames the US and big corporations for the current crisis -and it is not entirely untrue but it is only a minor contributing factor where the main one is the incompetence, corruption and hubris of this lot who call themselves 'socialist' and perhaps believe to an extent that what they're doing but the results have gone from bad to catastrophic, which I don't put down to their being socialist but to their being incompetent, corrupt and arrogant. Most people I know that are able to leave the country have done so or are in the process of doing it.

Maduro will win and in a way it may be a legitimate win (the poorest people are still somewhat better off than they were historically, even as the rest of the population is in desperate crisis) but a disaster for my original country nonetheless. A situation that seems to hit bottom all the time and yet it gets ever worse when you think it wouldn't be possible.

The whole thing just breaks my heart.

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