Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
23 December 2007

Gone fishing (sort of)

I can’t imagine why anyone would sit at the water waiting for a fish to bite into a fish hook and then reeling in that fish and taking out the hook and then having to slaughter it and clean it before eating it. I prefer my fish with wasabi at the Japanese Restaurant so I do not have to confront the horrors of eating dead animals. So I won’t be off fishing.

I will, however, be on holiday, so I will probably not be updating the blog or if I do, won’t do so regularly for the next while. For all readers of this Blog, enjoy your holidays and whatever you do, give somebody you love a big hug.

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