February 20th, 2014

6 Photos of Venezuelan Socialism in Action


270 Comments

  1. 1
    Owen Jones says:

    TRUE SOCIALISM AT WORK. MORE TURNIPS, COMRADES

  2. 2
    Mong Watch says:

  3. 3
    Danielle Stevens says:

    The death camps will follow – always do when socialism reaches its end in any country.

    Owen Jones, Diane Abbott – this is the murdering socialist tyranny you support.

  4. 4
    Owen wouldn't last a day in Venezuela without bodyguards says:

    I think crying on your little hugbox on tumblr is the more desperate act here Owen.

    What’s wrong little man, scared to face up to the reality?

  5. 5
    Maximus says:

    “This comment is unverified”.

  6. 6
    HattieHasABigBlackC0ck says:

    “These photos are unverified.”

    Can you just stop pretending to be a journalist you insufferable propagandist?

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    Send in Comrade Leninstone immediately to negotiate cheaper Oyster cards and lecture tours for Jihadist clerics!

  8. 8
    Tourist Planner says:

    Kiev, Caracas, Aleppo, Bangkok, Cairo, Rio—it’s hard to choose this year’s holiday destination. What’s Edinburgh likely to be like in September?

  9. 9
    Spartacus says:

    did the police shoot dead a black guy to start all this?

  10. 10
    Loosing It... says:

  11. 11
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    Best form of defence for Owen is attack the truth bringers :)

  12. 12
    Mong Watch says:

    G’reece.

  13. 13
    Spartacus says:

    Probably same as my visit earlier this week – full of beggars

  14. 14
    M'orning S'tar says:

    No. The government took away the peoples toilet paper.

  15. 15
    John Bellingham says:

    Young master Owen, you must try to get your terminology right. There is a difference between Trolling and Flaming. Newcomers to the Internet, i.e. those who only started using it after 1992 when the WWW became generally available for Children and Grannies often make this mistake. It just shows ignorance.

  16. 16
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    I was thinking of a cheapy to Sharm el Sheikh but that is a no-go now!

  17. 17
    OwenJones' Mum says:

    When is Owen Jones going to join the revolutionary fight for freedom in Venezuela?

  18. 18
    Mike Tinycock CBE says:

    I agree. Venezuela is a magnificent example of socialism at work. Katya and I are thinking of retiring there. Boaz.

  19. 19
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Marxism creates shortage (of everything except extortion). Eventually a shortage of life occurs.

  20. 20
    Owen Jones 12 1/2 says:

    Well mummykins i’m more a thinker than a doer see.

  21. 21
    T'ravelocity says:

    Tripoli and Damascus are off the destination list as well.

    Beano to Baghdad also not a smart move, despite the huge amount of Peace and Democracy Blair delivered to them.

  22. 22
    Owen Jones says:

    I’m in bed, making tent poles and knocking them down right now mum.

  23. 23
    FFS says:

    That would piss you off actually, to be fair…….

  24. 24
    The British media are cunts says:

    It’s like r&ping children, socialists see no problem when they are involved.

  25. 25
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Anyone who still has faith in Marx is Caracas.

  26. 26
    Tony Blair Envoy of Piss says:

    I’m a straight sorta guy…

  27. 27
    A right fucking bastard says:

    Does anyone know the latest score in Kiev?

  28. 28
    FFS says:

    “I never wanted to be a writer or appear on television”

    Rubbish. One of the most active narcissists out there.

  29. 29
    oh do grow up says:

    So anyone who disagrees with him is a right wing troll?

  30. 30
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    The arch-bish is fibbing says Clegg!! – one act of contrition and three hail Marys from the King of Fibbers, I hope

  31. 31
    A right fucking bastard says:

    “Kiev, Caracas, Aleppo, Bangkok, Cairo, Rio—it’s hard to choose this year’s holiday destination. What’s Edinburgh likely to be like in September?”

    Egypt’s cheap at the moment.

  32. 32
    Cinna says:

    Blocked many more people today young’un?

  33. 33
    Leon says:

    Scandalous, isn’t it?

  34. 34
    Owen Jones says:

    At this point it will cease to be “proper socialism” and we will re-label it as “Far-right” in the traditional manner. We will blame Maduro and claim he has desecrated the memory of the great socialist hero known as Chavez, the new Guevara (only not quite as cool on a T-shirt to be honest as he was a bit of a porker).

  35. 35
    Crosseye says:

    The arch bish is probably asking Harmon for advice on how to get away with diddling kids more effectively.

  36. 36
    Peter Morrison says:

    What are you inferring?

  37. 37
    i think says:

    EU-1
    Democracy-0

  38. 38

    I visited Dresden in the 1980s. The supermarket shelves were empty then. The police were unfriendly. No one would look you in the eye.

    But that was in the relatively innocent days of communism when just a few people used to be bumped off occasionally when trying to escape over the Berlin Wall, just so the authorities could keep up the notion that resistance was futile.

    These modern socialist hell holes are, if anything, even worse. The authorities can’t hide the rest of the world any more. They cannot hush up the truth either.

    But somehow, UK mongs will still vote for this sort of stuff. Their cheerleaders will find some fine words to explain it all away. If Brown had remained in power for another ten years, we would have looked like this.

    We either sit back and accept it – or we fight it.

  39. 39
    Ted H says:

    I got away with it, he he he

  40. 40
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    Owen is like that little Royal Navy seaman arrested by the Iranians, who cried after having his toys taken off him………

  41. 41
    Historian says:

    Simon Bolivar is the only true hero down there.

    And Maduro would be wise to remember that, before the people do.

  42. 42
    Mike Hancock says:

    They are even burning MacDonalds now.

  43. 43
    Mr Blobby's pet goldfish says:

    Clegg, like Cameron and Smith are wrong.
    Vincent Nichols is right, As anyone with any sense knows

  44. 44
    Harriet Harman says:

    You wouldn’t believe the number of police, Tory party high-ups, church leaders, civil servants and other influential people we ensnared with our little PIE p@edo trap.

    Their all dancing away to our Marxist tune now of course. We’ll make sure their names never come out as long as they do our bidding.

  45. 45
    Our Host says:

    But..wheat is at an all time low? Why are the shelves empty? It’s that simple, isn’t it?

  46. 46
    FFS says:

    Harman told the bishop his name would never come out as long as he stuck with the Marxist line. Favours have been called in once again. That PIE membership list was the gift that kept on giving……

  47. 47
    IDS must surely hang says:

    836,000 “mistakes” by the DWP this year, leading to food parcels from the Trussel trust ALONE, this year Cleggy? If that is so then the minister presiding over the intolerable omnishambles must resign.

    Or is there a politically motivated attack on benefit recipients by the agents of fear and destitution, at the DWP, aided by right-wing collaborators that have enabled an unelected government free reign not only to destroy the safety net but to change the law so they have 5 years without having to face the electorate?

  48. 48
    A cheeky scouser says:

    Reminds me of Toxteth that.

    Red sky in morning shepherd’s warning.

    Red sky at night Toxteth’s alight

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    JH-32094-0239-4 says:

    Of course.

    This is a socialist we are dealing with here. They are pathologically incapable of understanding that someone may have a different view of the world, and will immediately denounce said person as evil.

    This bile is not just reserved for the right wing – the real hate comes out as leftist groups start to splinter under the weight of the egos and ideological contradictions involved, which of course was so well satirised in the ‘Judean People’s Front’ bit of Life of Brian.

  50. 50
    FFS says:

    Socialists see no problem when favours can be called in later……..

    The End always justifies the Means. Whatever the Means, however evil and immoral….

  51. 51
    Making Plans For Nigel says:

    He accidentally wrote a book???

  52. 52
    socialism is shit jimmy says:

    How many times do socialists have to fuck up for the obvious conclusions to be drawn ffs?

  53. 53
    M103 says:

    Just as a matter of interest, when was the last time this country witnessed Marxism or socialism? Not since well before 1979.

  54. 54
    Village Idiot says:

    ….Labours Navy!

  55. 55
    Piers Morgan says:

    I can confirm that they are indeed photographs

  56. 56
    Big Farmer says:

    Either that or the Trussel Trust have an agenda.

    Oh, hang on – they do.

  57. 57
    The former President of Ukraine says:

    Twitchy bottom time in Downing Street perhaps.

  58. 58
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    Correct.

  59. 59
    Diane Abbot says:

    WACIST

  60. 60
    Lord Scalded Bollock says:

    And how would you know the results of welfare reforms unless you have been on the receiving end Nick?
    You have enabled the Tories to accomplish their destruction of welfare in this country and to sell off public assets to their pals.
    You have blood on your hands Nick and we, the ordinary people, are not going to forget or forgive your complicity

  61. 61
    Ronald McDonald says:

    Help!…my pants are on fire.

  62. 62
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    Suffer little children to come unto me?

  63. 63
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Called “chavez”

  64. 64
    Guardian Reader says:

    “RNIB threatens DWP with court action for failing to cater for blind
    Charity considering dozens of cases against department relating to their failure to send out benefits letters in braille or large print”

    Will IDS be prosecuted for this?

  65. 65
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    That shop looks like any day in East Berlin in the 1960s and 1970s.

  66. 66
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    No, I think there was a five minute scare in about 1919. Nothing since.

  67. 67
    actually says:

    It’s an easy mistake.
    You’d be amazed at the numbers of people
    who accidentally write books and appear
    repeatedly on the BBC when they’d rather
    be shelf-stacking in the local Co-op.

  68. 68
    Bill Quango MP says:

    I’d quite like to be a lefty. When your ideology falls to bits you can always blame the CIA or Thatcher and be absolved of any failing.
    But if that doesn’t work for some reason you can fall back onto trusted wrong kind of snow excuses

    North Korea isn’t commie it’s a dictatorship..
    The Stalinists perverted Leninism.
    Venezuela is being subverted by big oil capitalism.

    No need to ever ace reality.

  69. 69
    East Berliner says:

    The shops are full today…but we can’t afford to buy anything in them.

    Ain’t capitalism gr8!

  70. 70
    cornwall storms says:

    does anyone know of a socialist country anywhere that is thriving healthy happy and providing properly for its people?

  71. 71
    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? says:

    You have to wonder if the heat affects these peoples brains, I mean they must be genetically stupid to keep voting in socialists and bankrupting themselves time and time again without pausing and realising, wait a minute this might not be working.

  72. 72
    Bill Quango MP says:

    For what exactly?
    Where is the law on sending Braille letters? Is the
    And is the law written in Braille ?

  73. 73
    JH-32094-0239-4 says:

    Simple – the currency is so debased that shops either:

    A: Constantly adjust the prices up and stock the shelves
    B: Leave the prices as they were and literally pay people to shop
    C: Leave the shelves empty

    Doing A gets you labelled an evil capitalist who should be fined and imprisoned for extorting the people and being a barrier to the arrival of the Socialist Golden Dawn. Argentina is at this stage, hilariously trying to fix prices below the level at which shops can get the goods on the shelves in the first place, never mind make a profit.

    Doing C will bankrupt you less quickly than B.

    So guess what shops do?

  74. 74
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m going there to help save them

  75. 75
    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? says:

    You have to wonder if the heat affects these peoples brains, I mean they must be genetically stupid to keep voting in socialists and driving themselves to extreme poverty time and time again without pausing and realising, wait a minute this might not be working.

  76. 76
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Another charity which grows a political arm.

    Will their lawyers be pro bono?

  77. 77
    JH-32094-0239-4 says:

    Simple – the currency is so debased that shops either:

    A: Constantly adjust the prices up and stock the shelves
    B: Leave the prices as they were and literally pay people to shop
    C: Leave the shelves empty

    Doing A gets you labelled an evil capitalist who should be fined and imprisoned for extorting the people and being a barrier to the arrival of the Socialist Golden Dawn. Argentina is at this stage, hilariously trying to fix prices below the level at which shops can get the goods on the shelves in the first place, never mind make a profit.

    Doing C will ruin you less quickly than B.

    So guess what shops do?

  78. 78
    A Welsh Nationalist says:

    This reminds me.

    What are we doing for St David’s Day ?

  79. 79
    Lance Corporal Bill Bloggs (retired) says:

    You are talking nonsense.

    Where are the 978 shop assistants ?

  80. 80
    Dave Spart says:

    I blame American oil interests/foreign mercenaries/the EU/international capitalism/bourgeois reactionaries er neoliberals/Zi*nists/giant radioactive mutant badgers.

  81. 81
    JH-32094-0239-4 says:

    Ah but remember, the second it goes unmistakeably to shit it ceases to be ‘socialism’ any more, along with mutterings about it all being America’s fault it didn’t all turn out perfect.

    You only have to look at Abbopotamus’s sudden silence on the subject, along with wee Owen’s writhings to see the gameplan laid bare.

  82. 82
    Bob Geldof says:

    I fooking hate Bono and lawyers.

  83. 83
    Maduro says:

    You bet I do!

  84. 84
    Sir William Wayde says:

    Uruguay.

  85. 85
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    A picture of a good marxist after social chemotherapy.

  86. 86
    BBC says:

    We prefer squeaky-bum time.

  87. 87
    JH349849583249030 says:

    Just go and knock on a random door in Wythenshawe and ask why they do it.

  88. 88
    Gertrude Perkins says:

    Do those police vans say GMB on the side?

  89. 89
    Historian says:

    UK after re-electing Blair in 2005 ?

  90. 90
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Why not try independence?

  91. 91
    David Blunkett says:

    Eh?

  92. 92
    F**k the LibLabCon says:

    Wait, what…

    He’s a Saint now, when did that happen?

  93. 93
    Isaac Hunt says:

    Sticking leeks up our arses?

  94. 94
    Nicola's Surgeon says:

    Scotland

  95. 95

    When you can show me photos from Westminster & Bruxelles look similar, wake me up. ‘Til then, don’t bother.

  96. 96
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    A base need within neotes to have something without working for it (i.e. getting someone else to do the work), Marxism creates more neotinism perpetuating the problem.

  97. 97
    F**k the LibLabCon says:

    A fine job you’ll do too Gordo.

  98. 98
    Twampersand mk II says:

    Wouldn’t shit you off though.

  99. 99
    A Wythenshawe Resident says:

    Come after 3pm otherwise we’ll still be in bed.

  100. 100
    Ukrainian says:

    Vitali Klitschko is da man

  101. 101
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    All purchases have to go through various government departments, especially for imports such as wheat.

    The rest you should be able to fill in.

  102. 102
    A Gentleman Rioter says:

    Indeed.

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  104. 104
    Maimed Cadger says:

    When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty!”

    ~~Thomas Jefferson

  105. 105
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    It’s been more socialist than capitalist since Major and it’s just got worse (as is inevitable).

  106. 106
    Cinna says:

    If all else fails hold a hutton type enquiry.

  107. 107
    Von Rumpoy killed our giraffe. says:

    I think the Ukrainians have got a penalty.

  108. 108
    Twampersand mk II says:

    I think it’s the TGWU. Something to do with driverless trains.

  109. 109
    Ian Smith says:

    Universal Credit will be delivered on time and on budget. I may now be the only person who believes this.

  110. 110
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    The BBC is funded the way Venezuela is run. just saying…

  111. 111
    Adolf Hitler says:

    The only person to kill more of the fuckers than me was Stalin, so credit where it is due if you don’t mind.

  112. 112
    The Critic says:

    I think, it may be case of the more bile we throw, the more we loathe you. Quite why we should be ‘rattled’ by our dislike of you, is difficult to understand.

  113. 113
    I feel fubarred etc... says:

    R N I B = Raving Nauseating Institute of Birdbrains

  114. 114
    F**k the LibLabCon says:

    North Korea

  115. 115
    Cinna says:

    Well something good is coming out of all this then.

  116. 116
    A Private Education says:

    5 seconds to comply

    ~~ Robocop

  117. 117
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Luxembourg?

  118. 118
    JH349849583249030 says:

    Uh-uh.

    Uruguay is doing OK for the main reason that it is not as fucked as it’s neighbour across the River Plate, so there is a huge inflow of money and productive people looking for a refuge.

    It’s also not that Socialist – you have to pay for medical treatment unless you are dirt poor. There is also little welfare – another reason the country is doing well.

    I don’t think White Dee would like it, put it that way.

  119. 119
    F**k the LibLabCon says:

    Smart guy.

  120. 120
    Twampersand mk II says:

    Hairy palmed, wife beating, porridge gobbling drunks.

  121. 121
    why are charities so effective at wasting other people's money? says:

    How much will the charity waste on legal fees
    if it goes to court?
    How much does the RNIB pay it’s chairman etc?

  122. 122
    Black Dee says:

    Wacist!

  123. 123
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    It’s like they’re sociopaths who cannot understand that other people exist.

  124. 124
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Just think of the smell.

  125. 125
    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? says:

    Don’t sit on the fence, tell us how you really feel Dave

  126. 126
    The Critic says:

    How much goverment funding does RNB get? Does it spend any on lobbying?

  127. 127
    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? says:

    I’d buy that for a dollar!

  128. 128
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Just as it’s amazing how many people appe’ar repe’atedly on the BBC who are actually good for nothing but shelf-stacking at the Co-Op.

  129. 129
    FFS says:

    You seem to be doing alright when I’ve been to East Berlin.

    Of course you are now expected to actually work to produce the things you’ve always wanted to consume. You seem to think you could have one without the other…..

  130. 130
    Tina Thatcher says:

    Why don’t you go away and play with your children.

  131. 131
    Twampersand mk II says:

    He’s more like the fat lezzer spaz that was in the same boat. Over promoted, only allowed to play because the rules have been skewed in their favour, then writes shit in the papers about their ‘expetience’ in exchange for wads, basicalyy editing out the bits about being a useless coward.

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  133. 133
    broderick crawford says:

    yeah owen … why not emulate your socialist forbears who at least had the bottle to go iff and fight for the rebel cause in the Soanish Civil War!!!

    Off with you to Kiev or Cracas little man ….. take your pick .

  134. 134
    Homer Simpson says:

    Ur-a-gay!

    Ha ha ha!

  135. 135
    Moley says:

    The Venezuelan verdict on Socialism; (From a placard);

    “They speak like Marx

    Rule like Stalin

    And live like Rockefellers

    While the people suffer”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-19/venezuelan-protesters-sum-it-all-one-banner

    Coming to a Miliband Government near you in the not too distant future.

  136. 136
    Hades is never full says:

    No, you didn’t.

  137. 137
    Herman Van Rompuy says:

    I’d buy that for two Euros and tax it at 70%

  138. 138
  139. 139
    M Oaten says:

    :)

  140. 140
    Peter Mandelslime says:

    I’ve been on the receiving end.

  141. 141
    Owen Jones says:

    This is the utopia we shall bring to the UK.

  142. 142
    Clarks Pie says:

    An amusing ‘mini encyclopaedia of bile’ on Owen’s site. Pretty tame tbh.

    However, the most common observation (surely) that he’s simply a ‘Twat’ appears to be missing.

  143. 143
    FFS says:

    It will be delivered neither on time nor on budget, but fortunately for you, IDS, nobody in voter-land either cares or knows what you are talking about anyway.

  144. 144
    Throg says:

    They look like our local Co-op – socialist grocers are incapable of running anything properly

  145. 145
    Von Rumpoy killed our giraffe. says:

    Ever since the British people were hoodwinked into the EEC, we’ve been living with socialism.

  146. 146
    Andrew Mitchell says:

    Fucking p’l e b s!

  147. 147
    Burger King says:

    Oi! Flame grilled is our thing!

  148. 148
    Bloody, bloody modbot strikes again says:

    And the Uruguayans hate the Argies

  149. 149
    piss mongchin - professional cunt and shit nose mobber says:

    there was me having guided the mirror into having such a big anti-war stance, critical of the government etc etc and along came those fake images and viola! all the good anti-war stuff we had done got tainted by association. obviously i had to go and lay low for a while but back i came and look at me now i have become more successful than ever!!!

  150. 150
    he better stick with accidentally writing says:

    Little Owen wouldn’t be able to reach the top shelves.

  151. 151
    FFS says:

    GWB – after Bush. I think the neo-cons need to be more careful with their advertising.

  152. 152
    Twampersand mk II says:

    Whenever the Gov takes more of the money out of your wallet than it leaves behind, only to give it to people who either don’t work or only adminstrate the theft, that’s socialism.

    We’ve had it since the late ’60s.

  153. 153
    Wake up & vote UKIP says:

    The ultra hard left EU backed Ukrainians battling with their Russian capitalist backed elected government – interesting times.

  154. 154
    Chris Smith says:

    I’m not fussy ducky.

  155. 155
    Lee Harvey Oslwald says:

    Cuba

  156. 156
    Wake up & vote UKIP says:

    Aa is for arse.

  157. 157
    Ludwig van Beethoven says:

    Speak up man!

  158. 158
    ABBA says:

    Sweden

  159. 159
    Well there's a British Embassy there. says:

    Blackburn

  160. 160
    Anonymous says:

    Safety shoes too big for his dainty feet.

  161. 161
    Chavscum says:

    Why are blind people manning lifeboats?

  162. 162
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    These City types have such a sense of humor you know.

  163. 163
    Please Welcome our newest member Mali says:

  164. 164
    Double Agent says:

    It’s a CIA plot.

    Next, they release the winged orcs.

  165. 165
    FFS says:

    From my observations and studies it seem most suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Symptoms:-

    Expects to be recognized as superior and special, without superior accomplishments

    Expects constant attention, admiration and positive reinforcement from others

    Envies others and believes others envy him/her

    Is preoccupied with thoughts and fantasies of great success, enormous attractiveness, power, intelligence

    Lacks the ability to empathize with the feelings or desires of others

    Is arrogant in attitudes and behavior

    Has expectations of special treatment that are unrealistic

    Not entirely confined to left-wingers in the public eye, but nevertheless I think you can see the symptoms exemplified in many. They all fancy themselves as some kind of Ché Guevara with the same Messianic influence on the general public. The politics isn’t actually that important to the person with NPD – it’s more the positive attention they get from espousing left-wing politics.

  166. 166
    Ben says:

    France next

  167. 167
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    I know ;-)

    So do the police apparently: Still looking for the gun man.

  168. 168
    Self righteous charity scum says:

    You don’t understand; it’s not a waste if we give the cash to our relatives and mates in the legal dept.

    Don’t you dare criticise me, I donate my time to charidee. I am untouchable. Where’s my M.B.E?

  169. 169
    The US State Dept says:

    Fuck the EU.

  170. 170
    Cinna says:

    Any charitable organisation receiving government funding ceases to be a charity in my view.

    FFS, they have forgotten the meaning of charity.

  171. 171
    Owen's Mum says:

    He likes to talk and talk and talk. Sitting down quietly, attention in silence, not jabbering on at strangers is not part of his personality.
    Bless, that’s my boy. Bless him.

  172. 172
    The PM says:

    There is a great big ugly boxer on my telly from Kiev waving his fist in the air and shouting.

    What has William Hague done now ?

  173. 173
    Sir William Wayde says:

    It all goes back to Rousseau, who was awash with love for humanity in general, but an utter scumbag when dealing with any individual person.

  174. 174
    Clickbait says:

  175. 175
    comp kid says:

    Oh dear.
    He truly believes that people care what he thinks or says.
    That Oxbridge education,being indulged by the BBC and
    travelling first class has obviously given him an over-inflated
    sense of his own importance.

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    Twampetsand mk II says:

    My favourite is when lefties pretend that the only reason that communism failed in the USSR and China is because the rest of the world isolated them and subjected them to sanctions.

    The natural corrollary is that we will only be able to conclusively prove that communism works when the entire world adopts it and the Earth has a global, single government.

  177. 177
    Eccles says:

    You don’t think those riots are spontaneous too.

  178. 178
    Gordon Brown says:

    Idiot; don’t buy it, PFI it. Only 1 euro per year for the next 2500 years (plus maintenance and dilapidation costs etc)

  179. 179
    Twampersand mk II says:

    Good for them

  180. 180
    The people really running everything says:

    We like evil people. They can always be relied upon to do our bidding.

  181. 181
    David Cameron, bumsex marriage says:

    They are on the way:

  182. 182
    Jack Black says:

    Is that a game?

  183. 183
    Andy Pandy says:

    I would turn over quick and watch the Olympics.

  184. 184
    God's Holy Trousers says:

    Ken Livingslime was unavailable for comment.

  185. 185
    Malowenio says:

    Some are born authors, some achieve authorship, and some have authorship thrust upon them.

  186. 186
    All Services Recruitment says:

    “I fancy being in the armed forces and having a uniform but I don’t want to see active service”

    “Your best bet is the Navy”

  187. 187
    the BBC just loves posh Oxbridge socialists says:

    Oh is that programme still going?

  188. 188
    Jack Straw says:

    Oh Yes

  189. 189

    Don’t forget the new economy – barter.

    It is gaining popularity all over Europe and has long been established elsewhere, not only in Britain but in Africa.

    None of this business ever touches the official figures. We can only guess its value in terms of “lost trade” or really “hidden trade”.

    It flourishes in command economies but also in high tax western economies. I would suggest that between 10% and 20% of world trade, the more especially in essentials, is now done in this way.

    Recessions can be explained in terms other than there being less business.

  190. 190
    A man on the Rue Du Cirque says:

    Why do you think the President of France has taken to wearing a crash helmet?

  191. 191
    Ze French Plod says:

    Zut Alors a elmet you say, mmm.

    Did he ever own a Luger and liked whacking Ïraqi families?

  192. 192
    Hooda Thunquit says:

    In Venezuela, the socialist government controls the exchange rates and forces shops to use the national currency.

    But all the shopkeepers need to pay in dollars because they import so much of what they sell.

    This means the blackmarket is the only viable source of supply.

    Unfortunately, the government clamps down on the shopkeepers whenever it can, so the shelves empty and cannot be re-stocked.

    The socialist government will never acknowledge they are in the wrong, and so they spiral down into chaos.

  193. 193
    Erskine says:

    LP -> the ultimate fuckwit useful idiot.

  194. 194
    Anonymous says:

    One of the numerous examples of Owen Jones that screams “Narcissistic Personality Disorder”.

  195. 195
    Tony Blair, the murderers' murderer says:

    Mine are too!

  196. 196
    Armed Police flags says:

    UNITE

  197. 197
    Alton Towers says:

    They aren’t, they just think they are.

  198. 198
    Venezuelan Police Federation says:

    They called our leader a name.

  199. 199
    Anything Guido can do... says:

    15 terrifying images which show that Kiev is a real warzone

    http://rt.com/news/ukraine-street-warfare-firearms-658/

  200. 200
    deep fried Bowie says:

    Is Tomorrow’s World still on ?

  201. 201
    My name is Michael Caine says:

    Tractor production UP.

  202. 202

    Just to let you know I saw your Maghreb–Europe Gas Pipeline post. Very interesting, thanks! :-)

  203. 203
    Anything Guido can do... says:

    Threats of sanctions against the Ukrainian government look like blackmail, and a demand for early elections is a way to force Kiev towards the EU, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The sanctions will only encourage extremists, he added

    http://rt.com/news/ukraine-blackmail-west-sanctions-910/

  204. 204
    Vinny says:

    They didn’t get a vote last time. Not a proper one. It’s the socialist way.
    One man, one vote, one time.

  205. 205
    Frack Off! says:

    Oklahoma earthquake spike likely linked to fracking boom

    http://rt.com/usa/oklahoma-earthquakes-fracking-wells-826/

  206. 206
    RT says:

    Russian lawmakers suggest that internet authors whose works attract 10,000 or more visitors a day should be accredited as journalists, receiving all rights and responsibilities commensurate with this status.

    The changes in state attitude to the blogosphere are the main part of the fresh package of amendments to the Law on Mass Media, Izvestia daily reported on Wednesday quoting an unnamed parliamentary source. According to the source, the figure of 10,000 daily visitors is already fixed in the draft papers, but did not specify if this was a single-time threshold or a mean index.

    When a blogger signs for mass media accreditation he or she will automatically have an obligation to observe all legal norms applied to registered news outlets – the obligation to verify information before distributing it and responsibility for the consequences caused by the publications.

    Izvestia’s source noted that the new amendment was modeled on a scheme already in use in Israel.

  207. 207
    Now that's a law says:

    The potential difference between two points on a circuit is equivalent to the product of the current between them, and the total resistance between those two points.

    ~~ Ohm

  208. 208
    Diane Abbopotamus says:

    Do they mean us?

  209. 209
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    You should try the Co-op in G-loucester Road B’ristol. It is good. But don’t rush, it is clsed for refurbishment.

  210. 210
    Newton says:

    What the left never understand, is that when you tilt the balance, it will always swing back, and it will over-swing until it comes to a halt again.

  211. 211
    Famous German Chancellor Once Said 'We Are Socialists' says:

    It’s conned people about Hitler for 80 years, why stop now.

  212. 212
    JH349849583249030 says:

    If it was your local Co-Op there would be erratically stocked shelves, surly staff and random tatty shit, all at Waitrose prices. I use them only under duress.

  213. 213
    comp kid says:

    The female Owen Jones.

  214. 214
    Politicians bribe you with borrowed money says:

    Destruction of welfare?
    Either you have absolutely no idea of what is going on (or who pays for it) or you need to stop reading the Labour Party’s script.

  215. 215
    Anonymous says:

    Not shown ont the BBC !!!!!

  216. 216
    Politicians bribe you with borrowed money says:

    Hear hear!

  217. 217
    Politicians bribe you with borrowed money says:

    Government funding? Surely you mean funding from the taxpayer..

  218. 218
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Socialism/Communism always ends the same way. Famine & firing squads.

    Venezuela is a nasty reminder of what Britain would be like under a Labour regime.

    Be afraid!, be very afraid!

  219. 219
    Charlie says:

    Looks like Peckham , another Socialist Paradise with Harriet Harman as the local MP.

  220. 220
    כריס says:

    The pandora’s box of intolerance in France was opened when the security services sat back and let muslims shoot up our school children…

  221. 221
    BBC Programme Director says:

    What on earth is the problem?

    Have they run out of champagne?

  222. 222
    Politicians bribe you with borrowed money says:

    Another reason why the BBC should not be funded by threat of imprisonment.

  223. 223
    Llareggub says:

    I don’t give a shit.

  224. 224
    JH349849583249030 says:

    Yeah, who would have thought that the left having the run of play for 30 years would lead to any sort of backlash.

    I don’t think they realise quite how patient people have been with them. There will be a price to pay for their attempts to balkanise the country.

  225. 225
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    It was an eye opener for me seeing that it reached down into N!geria – wasn’t aware of that.

    Here is a fuller map of European Gas supply:

    http://www.ipm-bt.co.il/userfiles/files/ENTSOG_CAP_Feb2012.pdf

  226. 226
    Charlie says:

    Middle class socialists are largely immature.An aspect of being young is immaturity which involves being egocentric and suffering from narcissism .

    When working class people left school at 14 and went to work they entered an adults’ world. Many jobs involve labour where if one is slap dash, then one can be killed or maimed: one has to rapidly appreciate the consequences of one’s mistakes.

    Nowadays , middle class socialists go to university and when they enter work in their early to mid 20s where they can say and do anything and they will not be killed or maimed. Consequently,middle class socialists can remain ego centric and with a high degree of narcissism for the whole of their life : H Harman would be a good example.

  227. 227
    Llanfertydwylloclkinerbaradenferfechgogogogogoc says:

    having been mouthing of again, in Wales this time, Cameron is making himself, everdy, a welsh rare bit – what a fucking tosspot he is

  228. 228
    Ask Stalin says:

    It’s a good deal if you end up deciding who gets shot.

    That’s something the useful idiots like Owen Jones and Laurie Penny never quite understand, it would not be them in charge of things when the dust has settled.

  229. 229
    C Rook says:

    Ah…a travel guide to Essez. Gotcha.

  230. 230
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    And on the right when the ideology fails you can always blame the disabled, the unemployed and – not forgetting – the Romanians.

  231. 231
    just a minute says:

    I’ve got a question.
    What does she think of the BBC censoring
    it’s coverage of British newspapers?

  232. 232
    Llareggub says:

    Looks like a typical Saturday night in Cardiff.

  233. 233
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    Homosexuals and Lesbians can now adopt little children.

    This is one of Hollande’s flagship policies.

  234. 234
    J Slingo says:

    See…this is why we have to act now on global warming. I can see a clear correlation between civil war and climate. You mark my words.

    (Dave, Ed: Did I get that right?)

  235. 235
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    But you get a nicer type of rioter under the Tories.

  236. 236
    Inspector Heat says:

    You mean the type who threaten to behead Charlie and Camilla in Oxford Street and then disappear into the dark of the night.

  237. 237
    The Singing Oyster says:

    Many moons ago in the 1970’s when I was a naive young man, I bought a copy of the weekly (I think it was weekly))newspaper issued by The Workers Revolutionary Party, and was rather foolishly persuaded to take out a subscription of it for a short time. Afterwards, I was routinely asked to attend their meetings but I never ever got around to doing so. What struck me at the time when reading this newspaper was the amount of bile and hatred thrown at their far left rivals. In comparison their right wing rivals barely got a mention. This is something that I have never ever forgotten.

  238. 238
    Anonymous says:

    The big question should be will Labour continue with Universal Credit or abandon it if they ever got re-elected?

  239. 239
    He's a very naughty boy says:

    Leave the little boy alone guys, he’s only young and his temper tantrums will calm down if nobody takes any notice of him, after all it’s half term and little ones do get fed up of going shopping with mummy and daddy.

  240. 240
    PC Dixon says:

    Thats cos his a friend on Millipede………Hope he sent a letter of consolation to the President—–What you think

  241. 241
    Jack Ketch says:

    Don’t be daft. A Narcissist is someone who is stupidly infatuated with themselves. With the Jones boy–it is the real thing.

  242. 242
    PC Dixon says:

    TWAT or ARSE – take your pick -

  243. 243
    Jack Ketch says:

    Read the Wiki entry on the economic history of Venezuela. The Administrations of Perez are hilarious reading.

  244. 244
    Anonymous says:

    Weren’t the EU thinking of taking some sort of economic action against Switzerland as well?

    Voting’s too dangerous to be left to ordinary plebs. Better introduce Mandlescum’s post-democracy quick and save us all.

  245. 245
    Jack Ketch says:

    I would suggest that Britain operated a socialist economy from 1941 through to 1951 at least.

  246. 246
    Keitho says:

    Uruguay is an extremely well run country both relative to its neighbors and in a general sense too. You can’t characterise its style of government as it is a healthy mix of good policies from many ideologies. Education at all stages is excellent and it has almost full employment. No internal political strife and democracy holds sway.

    Also they have just legalised weed.

    People are happy.

  247. 247
    Raymond Baxter says:

    In the year 2014 people will only need to work 2 days a week, and will be travelling in British made 1000 mph nuclear powered hover trains.

  248. 248
    Anonymous says:

    When a native, non-J*wish French person gets a kicking from imported North Africans, is there a big outcry? Or do the media, government and minorities go into keep schtum mode like over here?

  249. 249
    Jack Ketch says:

    The RNIB pension fund has a net deficit of £28.6million.
    34 people earn in excess of £60k per year and 8 between £90k and £140k with a total payroll of £63.7 million.
    Just read their annual report to find out how they are worried about carbon footprints, disassociation from tobacco companies, the health and happiness of employees and their striving for equality and diversity—Christ! Can’t these people SEE?

  250. 250
    BBC Dis-infotainment says:

    Doubtless, like the one just off Colston Av. a little pricey for essentials like bread. Its bruschetta nibbles are to die for though. Power to the people!

  251. 251
    John Bellingham says:

    The South African Broadcasting Corporation would not show news film of the Toxteth and Brixton riots in 1981 in case the Darkies got ideas (although they showed Korean shopkeepers shooting looters in LA in 1992).
    Perhaps the BBC should tone down their coverage in preparation for this summer’s pillaging season.

  252. 252
    Freedom says:

    Thank you Guido.

    There are people whose lives are falling apart in Venezuela. They are not activists or poltical obsessives, but ordinary men and women. They have had the struggle to be free thrust upon them and thier own government has unleashed all the weapons it has at its disposal to crush their spirits.

    For many Venezuelans the only solace is that news of the scale of what they face may somehow get out and that one day some form of justice will be achieved.

  253. 253
    Spartacus says:

    norway has to be the top of the list

  254. 254
    Spartacus says:

    yes but he could buy a gun and do something about it

  255. 255
    Spartacus says:

    out brothers out

  256. 256
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Nearly – HS2 is coming

  257. 257
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Wehey, empty shelves. Last time I saw those was in Commy Poland in the 1970s. Just need the queue round the block for the one available sausage.

  258. 258
    Don Stamp says:

    It won’t be long until The Guardian’s finest are penning columns saying Venezuela failed because it just wasn’t socialist enough.

  259. 259
    J Dromey says:

    If I criticise Venezuela, will I also get gagged (preferably by a big black cock)?

  260. 260
    J Pritchard says:

    This post is just stupid.

    What about a few years ago when we had the London riots where shops were being vandalised and the police and government lost control for 24 hours. You could do a similar post with photos from that time with Croydon burning and put the headline “6 Photos of British democracy in Action”. Would it be a fair representation on what is happening and going on in the UK?

    Answer: No. You always need context. And with Venezuela it is very very easy for media to put zero context on Venezuela. The British media only ever report about Venezuela when they sense a right wing coup d’etat. Venezuela is a perfect example of how our so called news omits the real story.

  261. 261

    I was looking for this certain info for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck

  262. 262
    By the way says:

    The violent thugs/fire-bombers are ultra hard right – fascists.

  263. 263
    Anonymous says:

    No I don’t think you or anyone else will fight for ( or even against anything)
    You will all accept your fate and meekly accept the scraps thrown to you.

    Most people accept ‘Austerity’ as if it is an accomplished fact already.

    There is no way on the planet any of you will be fighting anybody or anything.

    In fact whilst your world is falling apart aqnd you are wondering how it happened
    you’ll still be twittering and tweeting the usual crap.

    Scenario: Nuclera War imminent – Four minute warning……and now the Weather.

  264. 264
    Anonymous says:

    Right-wing spin: You’re using “the poor” for your own devious ends!

    Owen’s reply: “If you build support for slashing social security by painting an image of the feckless and work shy hiding behind closed blinds, this does not apply. If you speak out against, say, cutting tax credits, sanctioning unemployed people, or driving hundreds of thousands of people to food banks in the 7th richest country on earth, you are clearly only cynically exploiting the vulnerable to build your own profile.”

  265. 265
    Anonymous says:

    Apart from playing the Race Card/attacking the EU – what other policies does UKIP have?

  266. 266
    1940 says:

    But British people have every reason to hate and fear people working for a one-party, hard-right, state. For anyone interested in finding out where much of this vile, unreasoning (Daily Mail type) blind-hate on this site comes from – try Room 101 of the new Tory HQ.

  267. 267
    Anonymous says:

    Oxford Dictionary of Politics: Elitism

    “The belief: that government is in practice confined to elites; that, following a maxim of Hume, ‘ought implies can’ (in other words, that there is no point in saying that government ought to be controlled by the people if in practice it cannot); and that we might just as well accept what we are bound to have anyhow. These views are especially associated with Mosca and with Pareto in the early twentieth century, and with Schumpeter in mid-century. All three writers shade into elitism in sense 1 because they go on to produce normative justifications of rule by elites in a democracy. However, their earlier arguments do not in themselves imply that if democratic control of the government were somehow achievable it would be undesirable.”

    Then again, does it not seem like the mindset of some of the hard-right loons on this site?

  268. 268
    By the way says:

    Just what IS the “real” story?

  269. 269
    Anonymous says:

    Bet you objected when the “ordinary men and women” bravely set fire to parts of the Britain? Are we really to believe all this Color Revolt BS? Wake up people – don’t be conned by Uncle Sam.

  270. 270
    Anonymous says:

    Yes, be very afraid. Afraid of the right-wing loons that want Britain to be come a right-wing, one-party, state?


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