March 6th, 2013

Tears For Chavez

Tears for Chavez from the usual suspects this morning. A few historical inconveniences that seem to have slipped their minds: Venezuelan hyper-inflation resulted in widespread food shortages; over the decade of Chavez’s rule inflation was over 1,800%. A friend of Castro, Ahamadinejad and Ken Livingstone, according to Freedom House he oversaw a decline in human rights after political arrests and pressurising voters. He supplied the socialist Syrian Assad dictatorship with the diesel that fuels the war machine that is slaughtering the Syrian people. And yet:

Owen Jones: “Really upset to hear of Chavez’s death. Ignore his ignorant critics. A democratically elected fighter for the poor.”

Ken Livingstone: “Hugo Chavez showed there is an alternative to neo-liberalism and colonialism in Venezuela and worldwide. He was a friend & comrade.”

Diane Abbott: “Hugo Chavez has died. Commiserations to his family & the people of Venezuela. Tragedy for Latin America & Caribbean.”

Len McCluskey: “The executive of Unite, the biggest union in Britain and Ireland, wishes to express their deep sadness on behalf of its 1.5 million members at the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Our sincere condolences go to his family and the people of Venezuela.”

Kevin Maguire: “RIP Hugo Chavez if reports accurate. One of a wave of Lefties who improved lives of South Americans.”

George Galloway: “Farewell Comandante Hugo Chavez champion of the poor the oppressed everywhere. Modern day Spartacus. Rest in Peace.”

Jeremy Corbyn: “Very sad news at death of Chavez; he will leave a huge legacy of a different power relationship in Latin America.”

Grahame Morris: “RIP President Hugo Chavez. Deepest sympathies & respect for a true champion of the people from Labour Friends.”

Chris Williamson: “Desperately sad news from Venezuela. RIP Hugo Chavez you inspired progressives around the world. Viva Bolivar revolution.”

Ian Lavery: “Hugo Chavez has sadly passed on. A true socialist hero inspiring millions of ordinary people.”

Rest in peace…


  1. 1
    Mike Litorus says:

    You should only speak good of the dead. Chavez is dead.



    • 52
      What a plonker says:

      Plus I million.


      • 56
        Eddie the Beagle says:

        Supporters of Chavez are called “Chavs”.


        • 60
          BBC Bring Back Communism says:

          Homolies to Chavez have been ringing in our airwaves since last night.
          BBC radio 4 programme 15 minutes praising Chavez with interviews with our few American communist friends.
          Followed by 30 minutes of war front episodes based on Drop the Dead Donkey, but upgraded to today’s news with background noises of machine guns and orders in Malian French – our youngsters really enjoyed themselves today.
          We will continue all week on praising our hero Chavez. Not since Stalin, Trotsky and Lenin died have we had such a beanfeast.


    • 74
      JabbaTheCat says:

      There is a well articulated blog post over at Caracas Chronicles, summarising the process of acquiring the ingredients to bake a cake in the present day socialist land of milk and honey that is Chavez’s Venezuela…


    • 93
      AntiLeftoid says:


    • 94
      lojolondon says:

      I did enjoy how Red Ken flew over there to have a pow-wow and he was busy with elections so told Ken to bugger off. Only sad thing is Red Ken flew on first-class with 100 of his closest advisers, and of course we paid for all that!!


    • 101
      JabbaTheCat says:


  2. 2
    William misses Hugo says:

    And Billy Hague


  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Just that twat Castro to go, he’ll blow out his artificial anus sooner or later.


    • 70
      Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

      Don’t forget the family in charge of the North Korean regime.


    • 95
      PC Dixon says:

      Interesting but not surprising to see all of Galloway’s friends so upset!! – with luck Castro wont take much longer.


  4. 4
    Purple Kipper says:

    Having worked in Caracas just as Chavez was starting to consolidate his power, my first thought when I saw at 6 this morning that he’d died, was “Is it too early to open a bottle of champagne?”.


    • 63
      CSP of Venezuela says:

      Surruptitious fireworks (if they exist as such) were set off in Caracas on our leader’s death.
      We are searching for the culprits and will execute them.


  5. 5
    The BBC says:

    The leader of Venezula, Hugo Chavez has died.


    • 12
      Golden Shower Commander says:

      I’d better commission a Christmas tribute.


    • 15
      Fox News says:

      Evil, socialist, left wing dictator Chavez of Venezula has died


    • 16
      Chris Patten says:

      The Director General of the BBC, Hugo Chavez, has died


    • 47
      Postal Vote says:


      You, very conveniently for labour party, left out footage about Livingstione meeting Chavez in your news broadcasts yesterday evening and this morning.

      Surely no coincidence following all those generous license fee settlements under labour governments?

      It has been a clever strategy: generous license fee and lots of public sector job adds in Guardian and then having Guardian reporters on Beeb programs and beeb reporters rehashing Guardian headlines. Congratulations Mr Darling!


    • 102
      Expat Geordie says:

      Glad the old cúnt is dead. Hope he died in agony.


      • 113
        Anonymous says:

        You are sick!!! How could you wish that anyone dies in agony. You are a disgrace to Geordies and if you are an ex-pat stay away and don’t come home.


  6. 6
    Company Director Check says:

    Christopher Murray P@ul Huhne



  7. 7
    JabbaTheCat says:


    Castro next…


  8. 8
    Nauseated says:

    A roll call of idiots who would have our country become a similar socialist hell.


  9. 9
    Rupert the beer monster says:



  10. 10
    Have a heart says:

    Where will they get their free holidays now?

    North Korea takes ages to issue visas and their only hotel has run out of champagne.


  11. 11
    A BBC Weather presenter says:

    Dead. Yes, indeedy. Dead.


  12. 13
    Astroreaper says:

    They only support Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International when it suits them.

    You can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps. Assad, Gaddafi, Putin, Armadinajhad, Castro, Lukashenko, etc etc.

    Need one say more?


    • 18
      Double Standards says:

      Thatcher and Pinochet and Saddam.


      • 26
        Free Speech says:

        Andy Burnham, Tony Blair, Jack Straw


        • 42
          KGB oligarch always first with the news says:

          Peter Mandelson, Cashpoint Levy, Jonathan Mendelson, Dolly Dwaper, Smearer Mcbride and the list is long


        • 49
          steve smith says:

          Don’t forget Mandy , milli dee& milli dum flabbot and please god ken of the newts. And most of all please take Galloway first


      • 72
        Grrr says:

        Thatcher had nothing to do with Saddam, and Piochet was an ally in the war against the evil of communism.

        She did not ask people to copy Pinochet’s government, merely appreciate him as an ally.


  13. 14
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Given those eulogies, clearly his smell lingers on.


  14. 17
    Double Standards says:

    Chavez was no angel, but there’s a rank hypocrisy in revelling in his death whilst condemning those who talk about celebrating Thatcher’s eventual death. If it’s tasteless to celebrate a political opponent’s death when it comes to Thatcher, then why not show some class and not openly gloat over the death of Chavez? Or is it only disgusting when others do it? In that case, let’s simplify it. Enjoy Chavez’s death, and don’t complain when others enjoy Thatcher’s death.


  15. 19
    General Pinochet says:

    Thank you Guido

    I did not realise I still had so many supporters among your window lickers


  16. 24
    Reuters always first with the news says:

    This is breaking news indeed

    Guido is almost as fast as the Eye on this old news


  17. 25
    Joseph Kennedy, grandson and namesake of the Ambassador says:

    As I said in the last post, truly a prince among men whom I was able to repay for his humanitarianism:


  18. 28
    A good Catholic says:

    Nothing like kicking a dead man is there?

    Vile has no limits


  19. 29
    Double Standards says:

    Pinochet, friend of Thatcher, mass murdering dictator.


  20. 39
    KGB oligarch always first with the news says:

    Chilcot will give those criticised the chance to “reply” BEFORE PUBLICATION

    Having already heard them

    WIll it then be redacted like so much else then?


  21. 43
    steve smith says:

    It’s quite touching really how these deluded souls are given succor by the tolerant British society


  22. 45
    left in venezuela says:

    As someone who experienced Hugo’s Venezuela and hates the red tide I am happy today. Glad Fidel doesn’t have long to go!


  23. 48
    Residing in 96.999% white Merseyside says:

    There will be plenty of support from his fellow Latin American countries. Cristina and the Uruguayan President have already arrived in Caracas for the funeral.

    Will any of our lot attend?


  24. 50
    YorkshireLad says:

    How can one ‘commiserate’ with a family one of whom has died? Surely you extend sympathy or offer condolences.
    Am I thick, or is it Dianne Abbot?


  25. 51
    Terence says:

    Never trust a politician who wears military uniform.

    You only have to look at Brazil and Colombia to see how the region is doing will without nutter “politicians”.


  26. 53
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    How different things would have been if Chavez had got a job with JP Morgan. The praise would have been deafening.


  27. 54

    RIP it couldn’t have happened to a nice fella!?


  28. 55
    Gordon Brown says:



  29. 58
    fendel says:

    Loved it when the Spanish King told him to shut it.


  30. 59
    marvin tpa says:

    goodbye and thanks for all the fish!

    now i’m really feeling depressed


  31. 61
    Marxist Bastard. says:

    Chavez was a bourgeois politician who implemented a lot of popular and progressive social reforms by wielding the bourgeois state machine – while smashing up independent workers’ organisations.

    Can’t believe these so-called socialists are praising him.

    Oh and fuck Len McCluskey.


  32. 66
    Gary Elsby says:

    Don’t you just admire someone who believes that the whole of a Country’s wealth should not be in the hands of a few hundred people.


  33. 67
    nrGOM says:

    Uncle Bob next please…


  34. 69
    Anne.D.Burnbum says:

    Is it me or is the Mid Staffs scandal on labours watch with 1200 needless deaths gaining traction? x


    • 73
      Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

      I hadn’t noticed it. If the Labour-related aspect of the scandal is being emphasised, it won’t be thanks to the BBC scum.


  35. 76
    Jimmy says:

    Despite his best efforts, he was no Pinochet.


    • 96
      2112 says:

      ..and Pinochet, despite his best efforts, was no Stalin, Mao or even Pol Pot.


      • 97
        Jimmy says:

        Although like Pol Pot he enjoyed the enthusiastic support of the British Conservative Party.


        • 98
          Oh GROW UP! says:

          Oh do grow-up Jimmy!! Just because John Pilger tells outrageous lies about why Communists are so evil (all down to British Conservatives and the CIA apparently!) it doesn’t actually make it fact. Pol Pot was a communist and not therefore, would never be supported by the British Conservatives, least of all, during the cold war.

          Socialists only produce oppression and destruction of anything decent and worthwhile. That has always been the case and it always will be.

          How do you sleep at night Jimmy, being an ardent believer in such evil?


  36. 77
    Andy Hornby says:

    If Mr Cameron were to die of cancer do you think people would be crying in the streets?


  37. 79
    Logan says:

    George Galloway is a political ligger.


  38. 80
    Red Egg Millitit... National Socialist says:


    Oh happy day :)


  39. 86
    Tosspot says:

    Reminds me of what you get when you have the Trots…. a pile of Crap.


  40. 88
    Tosspot says:

    Guido, are you certain the Influential People who follow your blog, are in need the services from Ag


  41. 92
    Spencer says:

    I don’t think the Libyan’s were too keen on Chavez either – friend of Gaddafi and all that!


  42. 100
    MB. says:

    Listening to Livingstone praising him this morning was reminiscent of the trade union leaders and Labour politicians who praised Stalin in his day then later Soviet leaders.


  43. 103
    Gloone says:

    1800% inflation over a decade is roughly 35% inflation.

    Guido’s trying to scam you.


  44. 107
    Scamp The Excitable Dog says:

    It’s been almost as bad today as when Diana died.

    It’s a bit of a crack up really isn’t it?…People like Jones and McClusky getting so teary eyed about this.
    My reckoning is that they’ll have probably already got their ‘respectful’ Tweets ready for when Thatcher and The Queen pop their clogs to give everyone the blindside.
    The problem is, they’re not really clocking that they’re simply just the same sort of ‘slave’ who thinks any of the world leading elite give two hoots about anyone outside their own self-serving, troughing social circles,
    Why on Earth does anyone think they all hang out together?


  45. 108
    hold them to ac says:

    “Desperately sad news from Venezuela” Desperately sad man as he is so over-emotional and believes Chavez was a good dictator.


  46. 109
    steve smith says:

    the cuban govt have issued a statement saying hugo chavez is the embodiment of socialism.
    Whats that ,dead and rotting from the inside


  47. 110
    manicbeancounter says:

    One of the best indices of a fair and just society is Transparency International’s Corruption perception index.
    Venezuela is ranked 165 of 179 countries – with a score of 19/100. That is, Venezuela is perceived as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

    Friends of Chavez by rank and score
    Syria 144 and 26
    Iran 133 and 28
    Ecuador 118 and 32
    Bolivia 105 and 34
    Cuba 58 and 48
    Was Hugo Chavez liked because beside Venezuela the other countries looked good?

    For Comparison
    Iraq 169 and 18
    Turkmenistan 170 and 17
    Haiti 165 and 19
    Columbia 94 and 36 (Neighbour, but not friend of Venezuala
    Nigeria 139 and 27
    UK 17 and 74
    New Zealand 1 and 90 (top with Finland and Denmark)
    USA 19 and 73
    North Korea, Afghanistan and Somalia are joint bottom with a score of 8.


  48. 111
    Keith says:

    Yes it is sad that Chavez is dead. The poor of Venezuala have benefited from good healthcare and education thanks to this man. It is understanable that the right wing parasites have nothing good to say. Long Live the Bolivarian Socialist Revolution.


  49. 112
    Antony says:

    There really are some disillusioned fools writing on this blog – pity they don’t realise who their real enemies are – the bankers and rich parasites who are laughing all the way to the bank. We need a Chavex figure here.


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