Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Venezuela: Socialist Paradise Update


How is the loony Labour left’s latest favourite socialist paradise Venezuela faring? Not since Gadaffi have we had an oil rich socialist paradise in the making to set an example for us running dogs of capitalist imperialismo. Socialism should surely work when you are floating on billions in oil wealth – just share it out comrades! Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves at 298 billion barrels – that is more than Saudi Arabia or the UK’s measly 6.9 billion barrels – untold riches. Yet according to Bloomberg data:

  • Oil production has declined by 27.2% over the last decade. Production declining…
  • GDP growth in 2013 was 1.3%. In 2004 it was 18.3%. Growth slowing…
  • The country’s inflation rate in May 2014 (61%) was the highest in the world. Iran was second and Argentina third. Venezuela leads the world in inflation…
  • The bolivar, the national currency, has fallen 88% since 2008. Devaluing…
  • Foreign exchange reserves have fallen by 51% since 2008 to $20 billion. Cash running out…
  • In 2012 it 22% of families lived below the poverty line, last year it was 27%. Poverty is rising…
  • Meat production is down 36% this year. Dieting…
  • In January 2014 there was a 28% shortage of basic goods, compared with 8% in 2005. More people queuing…

Guido has just finished reading the new book from “our generation’s Orwell”, Comrade Owen Jones, in which he advocates sweeping nationalisation with currency and capital controls. Like they have in Venezuela…

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Guardian Workers Revolt Over £2 Million Boss
NUJ Condemns Widening Bosses’ Pay Gap

Guardian writers are unhappy that their pay is falling in real terms whilst their bosses’ pay tops £2 million.

guardian-logoFollowing today’s chapel meeting at 2pm, the following motion was passed unanimously:

The chapel believes that GMG’s continued payment of grossly inflated boardroom bonuses and remuneration packages is a violation of the Guardian’s values and represents a failure of corporate governance and accountability by the Trust.

The fact that one package of over £2m has been agreed after five years of large-scale company losses and falling real terms staff pay and numbers demonstrates that City-scale boardroom pay at GMG remains out of control and that genuine independent oversight is not taking place.

The chapel, which represents the overwhelming majority of Guardian and Observer editorial staff, believes the decisions of the board and trust on boardroom pay do not reflect the views of the staff, readership or the ethics of the Guardian that the Trust is obliged to uphold.

The chapel has no confidence in the existing system of executive remuneration, and calls on the company to publish details of all existing long-term incentive and boardroom bonus schemes, as well as the total executive bonus pool paid out annually.

The chapel believes that reform of governance at the Guardian is now essential, and calls on the Trust to respond to chapel representations for reform made over the past five years. The chapel reiterates its opposition to executive performance bonuses and calls on the trust to accept elected staff representation on the remuneration committee and to expand elected staff representation on the Trust itself.

The chapel instructs the officers to prepare a pay claim for this October’s settlement that takes account of GMG boardroom excess, narrows the widening gap between the lowest and highest paid in the company and aims to recoup the real terms cuts in pay and freelance rates sustained by NUJ members over the past five years.

Where was that tribune of the workers and Guardian columnist when the union was meeting?

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Owen Jones was having a cappucino breakfast tea in Bar Italia, Soho…

UPDATE:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Quote of the Day

Owen Jones pays tribute to the intellectual ascendancy of the right…

“In this country, the Institute of Economic Affairs was founded in 1955; the Centre for Policy Studies in 1974; the Adam Smith Institute in 1977. They not only laid the ideological foundations for privatisation, the stripping of trade union power and the slashing of taxes on the rich and corporate interests, but helped shift the terms of political debate. The left has been on the defensive and in intellectual retreat ever since.”

Thursday, April 24, 2014

One Rule for Owen…

Owen Jones launches a one man campaign to ban people from calling Boris by his first name today, ironically on a platform called Comment is Free.

In the first line of his third paragraph Owen asks: “can we drop the over-familiar “Boris”, please?”

Then, two sentences later: “If Ed Miliband was filmed flailing around on a zip-wire, it’d be game over, but with Boris, it was all “LOL!””

That went well.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Andrew Pierce v Owen Jones

Two MediaGuido Twitter bitch fight regulars are reaching for their saucers of milk this afternoon.

Andrew Pierce and Owen Jones have fallen out again, this time over Nigel Evans.

Andrew Pierce accuses Owen Jones of lying.

Who to believe?

Is what one of them says in public is not quite the same as what he says in private. Is one of them lying? They can’t both be telling the truth. Who? 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Free Speech Campaigners Slam Labour’s Venezuela Hypocrisy

The likes of Diane Abbott, Owen Jones, Grahame Morris et al are the first to speak up about human rights abuses committed by allies of western governments. Freedom of speech campaign group Index on Censorship has condemned those same Labour loonies for their double standards of refusing to condemn the state sponsored violence in socialist Venezuela:

“The point of universal rights is that they are universal. It’s not a credible position to condemn the violence and rights violations of regimes you dislike and then to stay silent on the same actions carried out by people whose politics you support.”

For shame…

WATCH: Lefty Infighting Rears its Ugly Head

For once, Mehdi speaks for the masses…

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Labour MP Uses McAlpine to Gag Venezuela Critics

Loony pro-Chavez Labour MP Grahame Morris (above centre) is getting very tetchy this afternoon, threatening to sue anyone criticising him for his stance on the country and comparing himself to Lord McAlpine:

Go back to March last year, before Maduro ordered the arrest of the opposition leader and Venezuela descended into state sponsored violence, and Morris was full of praise for the tyrant responsible:

Still the likes of Morris, Owen Jones and Diane Abbott refuse to condemn the violence…

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Mensch v Jones

Owen Jones reckons there has been a “Hopkinsisation” of political discourse, as he struggles to come to terms with people being closer to Katie Hopkins on welfare reform than him. Actually, the Guidoisation of politics has been taking place for ten years now.

On that subject, scourge of lefty twitterati Louise Mensch has come up with the most offensive thing anyone can say to get under Owen’s skin:

1-0 Mensch. 

You win some you lose though, judging by this earlier discussion on MPs’ deselections:

Easy mistake to make…

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Last Person to Leave Venezuela Please Turn Out the Lights

Over in free and prosperous Venezuela last night, moderate and reasonable President Maduro addressed the nation on television. As he laid out his socialist vision of glorious revolution and the bright red future, large swathes of the country were plunged into darkness as crippling power cuts took out its oil refineries.

No doubt Owen Jones is standing by to observe how everything is fine.

Price caps work then, do they?


Seen Elsewhere

Cracknell v Boris | Sun
British Muslims are Failing to Integrate | Dan Hodges
Dear Sarah Wollaston… | ASI
Treatment of Ashya King’s Family Authoritarian | Brendan O'Neill
Stop the War Should Disband | Rob Marchant
State Should Not Act as Parent | Kathy Gyngell
Guido’s Column | Sun
Don’t Bottle Schools Revolution | Dom Cummings
Sack Bercow | Melanie Phillips
Tories Should Have Open Primary in Clacton | Mark Wallace
Osborne Tricked Into Haircut | Janan Ganesh


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