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Ken Livingstone Goes Loudly Mad (Venezuela …)

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Ken Livingstone ‘s Adviser on Anti-Imperialism. 

Items today:

Ken Livingstone: Venezuela should have followed my economic advice.

Ken Livingstone gave an extraordinary interview on talkRADIO this morning, saying the country ignored his economic advice – and this folly is the root cause of its decline.

The former mayor of London also said America had played a major part in Venezuela’s crisis, that Hugo Chavez’s failure to kill the country’s oligarchs is a “problem”, and that Nicolas Maduro seemed a nice and fair men when he met him.

Livingstone spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer this morning about the mounting crisis surrounding Maduro, which escalated further this week following the arrest of two leading opposition figures.

Livingstone told Julia Hartley-Brewer that he’d offered personal advice to Venezuela’s minister of finance, telling the country to move away from its economic dependence on oil.

But, Livingstone said, “he ignored my advice… and that’s one of their problems.”

He then went onto speak of this:

Ken Livingstone: Venezuela crisis caused by Chávez’s failure to kill oligarchs

Ken Livingstone, a former mayor of London, has blamed the turmoil in Venezuela on Hugo Chávez’s unwillingness to execute “oligarchs” after he came to power.

Livingstone, who is suspended from the Labour party, also blamed the economic crisis in the country on the government’s failure to take his advice on investment in infrastructure, which he said would have reduced the Latin American state’s dependence on oil.

The former mayor, a longtime supporter of the late president Chávez and his successor Nicolás Maduro, said the socialist leader’s enemies wanted to restore their power.

One of the things that Chávez did when he came to power, he didn’t kill all the oligarchs. There was about 200 families who controlled about 80% of the wealth in Venezuela,” Livingstone told Talk Radio.

“He allowed them to live, to carry on. I suspect a lot of them are using their power and control over imports and exports to make it difficult and to undermine Maduro.”

The Newshounds of the influential Labour Party Marxists  state today (August the 3rd),

….unconfirmed reports in the party suggest that Ken Livingstone is facing a new investigation over his comments on the relationship between Zionist organisations and the German Nazi government in the early to mid-30s. The comrade remains suspended for statements he made about the limited cooperation between these two otherwise bitterly opposed forces; concretely over the immigration of Jews from Germany to Palestine.

More:  Livingstone’s ‘blasphemy’

Indications from reliable sources inside the Labour Party indicate that investigators will have a lot more on their plate after  the latest outbursts.


Written by Andrew Coates

August 3, 2017 at 5:10 pm

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  1. FYI people. I did a thread here on issues with Labour Party *policy* over Venezuela as Livingstone, Williamson etc is all we’re hearing about and not, y’know, policy. https://twitter.com/pauloCanning/status/892704800898416641

  2. If you listen to the interview Livingstone is talking about Chavez in relation to other Latin American regimes when he says Chavez didn’t kill the oligarchs but let them live as a statement of fact – it is Hartly Brewer of course who talks over him, putting words into his mouth implying Livingstone was in favour of executing them and not allowing him to deny it – you can just about hear him trying to do it with his sound turned down while Hartley Brewer shouts on. It is a dishonest account of the interview in the Guardian, and a more dishonest account here. Classic example of how the media distorts people and produces – yes – fake news.

    As for Maduro, Livingstone is, not surprisingly, soft on him – Maduro is an authoritarian bureaucrat pretending to be a socialist. That doesn’t mean we should support the right wing CIA/oligarch backed opposition fighting in the streets. Instead we should support all socialists trying to find a way out of the impasse.


    August 3, 2017 at 10:17 pm

  3. Livingstone is, I hear, an experienced politician.

    If he has not mastered the art of the interview by now he never will.

    I agree totally with the last paragraph.

    Andrew Coates

    August 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm

  4. Describing Maduro as a ‘bureaucrat’ is a new one on me. And as if that’s a bad thing.

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