When McDonnell Supported Maduro’s ‘Socialist Revolution’

On Sunday John McDonnell tried to distance himself and Jezza from the Maduro regime in Venezuela, claiming Maduro isn’t a socialist. That’s not what he used to say…

Will Maduro be congratulated this time by comrades Corbyn and McDonnell for winning a rigged election? He was last time…

McDonnell Accountancy Review Chief: Venezuela Wasn’t Real Socialism

John McDonnell launched another ‘review’ over the weekend, this time of the UK audit and accountancy sector. The Shadow Chancellor said:

“People are sick of losing their jobs, their pensions and their shareholding from corporate failures, but watching the culprits keep their large pay offs, pension pots and bonuses.  So I have asked Professor Prem Sikka to examine our regulatory system and bring forward proposals for reform to reinvigorate it.”

No mention of the good professor’s credentials. Must be your average independent expert, right…

Not exactly. Professor Sikka is a longstanding Corbynista campaigner who described accountants as “the pinstripe mafia” and argues accountancy firms “destroy societies”. He has made his support for Jezza’s economic platform, and Corbyn himself, widely known. Sikka has written for the Morning Star, hard left Labour Briefing and was on McDonnell’s now defunct Left Economics Advisory Panel. In 2015 he addressed the Morning Star How To Defeat Austerity conference. Best of all, he thinks collapsed Venezuela didn’t experience real socialism, because “state-capitalism dominated”. Marxist accountants aren’t common, McDonnell, of course, found one…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

McDonnell: Venezuela Was Not a Socialist Country

‘Real socialism has never been tried…”

Venezuela Seeks Election Observers as Maduro Bans Opposition From Running

Venezuelan despot Nicolas Maduro has welcomed international observers to witness the country’s “flawless electoral system” during its presidential elections in April, as the Bolivarian regime bans the leaders of all the main opposition parties from standing. The leaders of the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties – who together make up the opposition’s main electoral alliance – have all been barred from taking part. Maduro says:

“Venezuela is open to every necessary guarantee and welcomes every international observer willing to come. More than to inspect, they will be able to learn from the flawless electoral system we’ve built.”

Back in 2012 Venezuela looked to Britain for its election observers. A delegation of Labour MPs including one Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Grahame Morris and Colin Burgon (Richard’s uncle), flew to Caracas alongside other “impartial” Chavistas including Owen Jones. After six years of human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings and opposition politicians being locked up, will Jezza, Diane and Owen be volunteering this time round?

McDonnell Tells Davos: Venezuela Failed Because It’s “Not Socialist” Enough

John McDonnell has told the Davos World Economic Forum that Venezuela is in crisis because it “took a wrong turn” and strayed from the “socialist path.” Speaking to a gathering of global business and political leaders, sworn Marxist McDonnell joked that he “always gets thrown” questions on Venezuela – the collapsing hard left state he and Jeremy Corbyn have valorised for decades. Labour’s Shadow Chancellor said:

“I think would have been successful if they had actually mobilised the oil resources… I think in Venezuela they took a wrong turn, not a particularly effective path and not a socialist path.”

McDonnell’s ‘oil reserves’ explanation was comprehensively debunked last summer when the Venezuela crisis was severely embarrassing the Labour leadership. Top thought leadership from Davos man McDonnell…

Venezuela Runs Out of Money, Defaults on Debts

This morning Venezuela, a country with the largest proven oil reserves in the world, went bust and defaulted on its sovereign debt. As always the central problem of socialism asserted itself, eventually they ran out of other people’s money. In the Tory attack video above Corbyn and his allies glorifed Chavez and Maduro “for showing another way is possible”. The only way now is bankruptcy….

Whilst the Venezuelan people are reduced to searching through garbage for food and advised by government officials to eat pet rabbits, Nicolas Maduro, the man Jeremy Corbyn congratulates for countering capitalism on live TV call-ins to the dictator’s propaganda show, has pocketed a $35 million bribe from corrupt capitalists. The country is sliding further into dictatorship and the likes of Owen Jones still deny it… 

Journalists Heckled and Questions Banned at Labour Venezuela Event

Labour conference heard a message of solidarity from the Venezuelan ambassador last night before top Corbynista Chris Williamson went full shouty crackers. Williamson awkwardly singled out Nick Cohen and Michael Crick, calling out their names at least fifteen times and wildly demanding to know why they weren’t “celebrating” Venezuela. As wide-eyed Williamson went Caracas, Cohen asked if the journalists under attack could ask questions. John McDonnell’s PPS Karen Lee shouted “No”. Cohen asked again: “We can’t ask questions?”, to which Lee replied: “Absolutely not”. All a bit odd and embarrassing for Williamson really, journalists were left wondering if he’s all there…

Williamson Praises “F**king Fantastic” Venezuela

Top Corbynista Chris Williamson is in today’s Morning Star heaping praise on the murderous regime of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro. In a sit-down interview with the communist rag, Williamson lauded the failed socialist state as a model for Britain:

“Look at the investment in healthcare and housing… the country had eliminated illiteracy in Venezuela by 2005, I mean, fucking heck, what a fantastic achievement. I saw it as an exemplar for this country…

“When the BBC asked me to do that Newsnight interview, I f*d and blinded at this producer guy who rang. I said: ‘Why have you asked me?’. Well, I was a bit more blunt than that. ‘What the fuck are you asking me to come on for? I’m not a bloody expert on Venezuela, I’m just inspired by some of the stuff they’ve done.’… I went on in the end.”

Williamson dismissed the ongoing political and economic crisis, which has seen widespread violence against protesters and the midnight arrest of opposition leaders. He said: “Clearly, in the recent crisis that’s been going on, a number of police and security personnel have overstepped the mark.” Watch them “overstepping the mark” here

The Venezuelan ambassador is at conference today…

“A Rabbit is Not a Cute Pet” Venezuelan Government Tells Starving Citizens

Over the summer disturbing reports out of Venezuela told how starving citizens were being forced to steal animals from the country’s zoos to survive. Boars, buffalo and tapirs were pillaged by desperate victims of Corbyn’s socialist paradise, leaving concerned animal lovers worldwide wondering whether it would be pandas, meerkats, koalas or giraffes next on the menu. To stave off the bout of critter kidnappings Venezuela’s agriculture minister has now unveiled the government’s new “Rabbit Plan”, ordering the nation to breed hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting bunnies – and then eat them. During a televised broadcast alongside Jezza’s comrade Nicolas Maduro, minister Freddy Bernal told Venezuelans they should not see the big-eared burrowing creatures as “cute pets”.

“There is a cultural problem because we have been taught that rabbits are cute pets. A rabbit is not a pet; it’s two and a half kilos of meat that is high in protein, with no cholesterol.”

As a committed vegetarian, will this slaughter of Venezuela’s furry friends be the final straw that sees Corbyn at last condemn the Maduro regime?

Morning Star: Human Rights Watch Lying About Venezuela

Remember the paper produced by this clown Ben Chacko is delivered to Corbyn’s office every morning. He seems to think Human Rights Watch are involved in some sort of right-wing, CIA plot…

Bell Pottinger’s PR For Venezuela

It isn’t just Jeremy Corbyn who deserves scrutiny for his links to the murderous Venezuelan regime. UK PLC has approved millions of pounds worth of arms export licences to the country over the last decade. Meanwhile, “reputation management” PR specialists Bell Pottinger worked for Venezuela’s state-owned oil company in 2014Petroleos de Venezuela is one of the key arms of Nicolas Maduro’s regime and needed help cleaning up its image after being hit with sanctions for trading with Iran. It has been accused of “gross mismanagement” and sacked workers who didn’t support Venezuela’s leader, pretty much summing up how the Venezuelan government does things. The book ‘Crude Nation‘ tells how Bell Pottinger conducted surveys for the Venezuelans about the concerns of their foreign partners. At least Jezza didn’t actually take Maduro’s petrodollars…

Bell Pottinger could do with some reputation management of their own at the moment. Aside from Venezuela, they are in front of the PRCA this week over allegations they helped stir up racial tensions in South Africa. Other recent clients have included the brutal regimes in Bahrain and Egypt, the dictator of Belarus and the wife of Syrian butcher Assad. Of course, those following Bell Pottinger’s newest recruit on Twitter know they are not exactly fans of democracy… 

Maduro’s Thugs Executing Opponents


Yesterday Corbyn attempted to give moral equivalency to the government and protesters in Venezuela. Last night on
Newsnight an activist from Labour’s Socialist International sister party in the country said there was no equivalency. Guido wonders how there can be when Maduro has marauding thugs in uniform on motorbikes beating up and killing protesters. Maduro has uniformed security police arresting opposition leaders in the middle of the night. There is no equivalency…

In the UK, hard left mouthpieces like Owen Jones shamefully try and change the subject to Saudi Arabia’s wrongdoing, however, no one in mainstream British politics is advocating turning Britain into Saudi. Corbyn, Abbott, Mason and Jones have all lauded Venezuela as proof that in the fight against ‘neo-liberalism’ “a different world is possible”. Ken Livingstone may lament that Maduro didn’t execute the ‘establishment elite’, his friend Maduro is making up for it by executing young opponents…

N.B. These camera phone videos come from a single source, via Brazil. Guido has been able to verify one video’s authenticity with Human Rights Watch material.

Corbyn Doubles Down on Venezuela

Jez is back from his cycling holiday in Croatia; asked specifically whether he condemns President Maduro’s actions, he says:

“What I condemn is the violence that’s been done by any side and all sides in this.”

As expected…

UPDATE: “Both Sides”

UPDATE: Labour NEC member Jasmin Beckett says Corbyn’s position on Venezuela “isn’t good enough”.

Owen Jones Gets Owned Over Venezuela

Kate Andrews schooled Chavista Cheerleader-in-Chief Owen Jones last night on Sky. He came close to losing his rag – again…

Incidentally Owen did not tell the truth about the other socialst Latin American regimes; Uruguay, Bolivia and Ecuador have had falling GDP per capita for the last 2 years, they’re all getting poorer under socialism. Ow-end…

Labour Hawks Want Corbyn to Renounce Maduro

Labour MP Graham Jones is optimistic Corbyn will come out and condemn Maduro:

“Jeremy in his own time will come out and condemn Venezuela, I am sure he will. Nobody can accept the human rights abuses that are going on in Venezuela.”

The more hawkish Labour types are demanding Corbyn answer a very simple question: Does Jeremy Corbyn still support Venezuela’s regime?

Progress’s Conor Pope says “I do happen to believe what Corbyn thinks about Venezuela now is relevant and important, but not because of votes. Judgement and morals. Corbyn held up Chavismo as a model. Fair to ask where went wrong.” Socialism comrade, socialism went wrong as it always does…

CCHQ is piling in on the issue too:

Will this attack line work? Would need to see polling on it on its efficacy. Clearly in the general election swing voters didn’t care about Jezza and the IRA or Jezzbollah™ enough to matter. Venezuela might be more salient for millenials. Or it might not…

Shameful Silence of Labour’s Chavistas

On Tuesday the Organisation of American States issued a strongly worded condemnation of Maduro’s secret police’s arrests of opponents:

“This latest action taken without the minimum guarantees of any legal framework is completely harmful to the human rights of both leaders and their families. In both cases, the detentions are carried out instilling fear and intimidation of their families. The Venezuelan regime continues to escalate its use of repression.

On Sunday there were 16 indiscriminate murders of citizens who protested against a fraudulent election and the installation of an illegitimate national constituent assembly. Today there was the selective targeting of opponents. The regime is trying to silence Ledezma and López and, through them, silence and subdue an entire people. It is no accident. They are opposition political leaders in a framework of the social, political and economic crisis of a Venezuela that is suffering to return to democracy.

There are no legal rationale for Ledezma and López to be in jail. This is the same lack of rationale used in the cases all political prisoners. The justifications are arbitrary and unlawful, among other things because they ignore the health concerns- which have not changed- that led to the leaders’ release, because they imply that they were planning an escape, or because they broke a prohibition of making public declarations.

These are errors in the manipulation and use of the law that are made by the Regime. They are imprisoned because they are politicians who demonstrate leadership. They are imprisoned because they are hostages of the government. I urge the international community, the countries of the OAS, the United Nations, the European Union and the Vatican, among others, to continue to adopt measures to defend democracy and human rights in Venezuela.”

In 2015 some 114 politicians, mostly Labour MPs, backed the Organisation of American States call for “respect for the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of states and its commitment to the defence of democratic institutionalism of the state of law in agreement with the OAS Charter and international law, and therefore disagree with all external interference, including through US sanctions on Venezuela.” Guido lists their names below:

1. Dave Anderson MP, 2. William Bain MP, 3. Dame Anne Begg MP, 4. Clive Betts MP, 5. Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, 6. Paul Blomfield MP, 7. Sarah Boyack MSP, 8. Annette Brooke MP, 9. Richard Burden MP, 10. Molly Scott Cato MEP, 11. Martin Caton MP, 12. Katy Clark MP, 13. Ann Clwyd MP, 14. Michael Connarty MP, 15. Jeremy Corbyn MP, 16. David Crausby MP, 17. Mike Crockart MP, 18. Alex Cunnigham MP, 19. Jim Cunningham MP, 20. Nic Dakin MP, 21. Ian Davidson MP, 22. Geraint Davies MP, 23. John Denham MP, 24. Rt. Hon Frank Dobson MP, 25. Brian Donohoe MP, 26. Frank Doran MP, 27. Jim Dowd MP, 28. Mark Durkan MP, 29. Jonathan Edwards MP, 30. Bill Esterson MP, 31. Neil Findlay MSP, 32. John Finnie MSP, 33. Paul Flynn MP, 34. Hywel Francis MP, 35. George Galloway MP, 36. Andrew George MP, 37. Lord Anthony Gifford QC, 38. Sheila Gilmore MP, 39. Baroness Anne Gibson, 40. Pat Glass MP, 41. Mary Glindon MP, 42. Roger Godsiff MP, 43. Tom Greatrex MP, 44. Nia Griffith MP, 45. John Griffiths AM (Welsh Assembly Member,) 46. Rt. Hon. Peter Hain MP, 47. David Hamilton MP, 48. Mike Hancock MP, 49. Mike Hedges AM (Welsh Assembly) 50. Mark Hendrick MP, 51. Stephen Hepburn MP, 52. Cara Hilton MSP, 53. Kate Hoey MP, 54. Jim Hood MP, 55. Kelvin Hopkins MP, 56. George Howarth MP, 57. Glenda Jackson MP, 58. Cathy Jamieson MP, 59. Bethan Jenkins AM (Welsh Assembly) 60. Darren Johnson AM (London Assembly) 61. Baroness Jenny Jones AM (London Assembly) 62. Rt. Hon. Sir Gerald Kaufman MP, 63. Baroness Glenys Kinnock, 64. Jean Lambert MEP, 65. Ian Lavery MP, 66. John Leech MP, 67. Andy Love MP, 68. Alex Lowley MSP, 69. Caroline Lucas MP, 70. Elfyn Llwyd MP, 71. John McDonnell MP, 72. Jim McGovern MP, 73. Catherine McKinnell MP, 74. Siobhan McMahon MSP, 75. Anne McTaggart MSP, 76. Michael Meacher MP, 77. Ian Mearns MP, 78. Graeme Morrice MP, 79. Grahame Morris MP, 80. Ian Murray MP, 81. Lord Martin O’Neill of Clackmannan, 82. Fiona O’Donnell MP, 83. Sandra Osborne MP, 84. Albert Owen MP, 85. Rt. Hon Lord Pendry PC, 86. Baroness Margaret Prosser, 87. Murad Qureshi AM (London Assembly) 88. Yasmin Qureshi MP, 89. Jenny Rathbone AM (Welsh Assembly) 90. Lord Nic Rea, 91. David Rees AM (Welsh Assembly) 92. Linda Riordan MP, 93. RT. Hon. Dame Joan Ruddock MP, 94. John Robertson MP, 95. Alex Rowley MSP, 96. Lindsey Roy MP CBE, 97. Barry Sheerman MP, 98. Jim Sheridan MP, 99. Rt. Hon. Andrew Smith MP, 100. Elaine Smith MSP, 101. Keith Taylor MEP, 102. Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM (Welsh Assembly) 103. Stephen Timms MP, 104. Derek Twigg MP, 105. Jean Urquhart MSP, 106. Valerie Vaz MP, 107. David Ward MP, 108. Tom Watson MP, 109. Mike Weir MP, 110. Sandra White MSP, 111. Hywel Williams MP, 112. Mark Williams MP, 113. Chris Williamson MP 114. Mike Wood MP

Not all are by any means Corbynistas, Tom Watson, for example has always been a supporter of NATO, the Western alliance and the norms encouraged by multilateral organisations. Do they no longer back the OAS when it calls out Maduro for escalating repression?

Williamson Refuses to Pick Blair Over Maduro

Labour Shadow Home Office Minister Chris Williamson defended Nicolas Maduro’s socialist regime on Newsnight. He refused to say whether he would side with Tony Blair over Maduro and Venezuela’s former leader Hugo Chavez. Asked about its midnight arrests of opposition leaders, Williamson said of the Venezuelan government:

“They’re under incredible pressure… I’m yet to hear any criticism…of the United States intervention there and the sanctions.”

Maduro enablers at the top, useful idiots in the ranks...

Corbyn Congratulates ‘Dictator’ Maduro in State TV Propaganda Broadcast

This is the moment Jeremy Corbyn offered his “congratulations” to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who was last night branded a “dictator” by the international community. Corbyn appeared as a special guest on Maduro’s personal weekly propaganda show En Contacto con Maduro (In Contact With Maduro), broadcast on state televeision and radio throughout Venezuela. Introduced by Maduro as a “friend of Venezuela”, Corbyn addresses his host as “Mr President” during a 2014 discussion about Tony Benn. Maduro replied: “Thank you Jeremy, for your call and your greetings”…

Last night Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Maduro is behaving “like a dictator of an evil regime”. As the US government issued further sanctions, its treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said Maduro is a “dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people.” Pressure is mounting on Corbyn to distance himself from the Venezuelan government. Opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were arrested by the armed forces in midnight operations condemned as “deeply concerning” by the UN’s human rights chief. The death toll in anti-government protests has soared to more than 120. Labour MPs are calling on Jez to publicly denounce the regime…

Corbyn has also featured on pan-South-American network TeleSur, which is funded by the Venezeuelan government. He gave an exclusive interview to the station in 2015. Last year the Argentine government pulled all co-operation with TeleSur, saying it had “no pluralism“. The Maduro regime often interrupts television channels to deliver mandatory joint broadcasts known as ‘cadenas’. Last year press freedom monitors at Freedom House named En Contacto con Maduro in a damning report which found: “freedom of expression and information has progressively declined under the governments of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro.” Corbyn’s chumminess with Maduro won’t be so easily censored…

Ken: Venezuela in Chaos as “Chavez Did Not Execute Establishment Elite”

As secret police arrested opposition leaders in the middle of the night, Ken Livingstone backed the collapsing regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, blaming the country’s troubles on an “establishment elite” that previous governments had failed to “execute”. Notorious for his public statements regarding dictatorships of all kinds, Livingstone has regularly endorsed former President Hugo Chavez.[…] Read the rest

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