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  1. Dear all,

    I’m a Venezuelan who’s been living in the UK for over 12 years and 2 of those in London. I think Caracas Chronicles would do well to stay away from discussing London’s politics for many reasons, some of them mentioned by Francisco and others which basically have to do with the fact that this blog’s coverage of London politics is patchy at best. Boris Johnson won by a few votes and although I didn’t particularly agree with some of Red Ken’s policies (including his involvement with Chavez), he did improve many issues which affect the quality of life of poor and middle class Londoners (I’m in that bracket) and Boris Johnson is threatening to ‘undo’ many of Ken’s better ideas for the city. If CC’s readers lived in London, I think many would appreciate the sheer horror some of us feel about having such a ‘buffoon’ like Boris Johnson taking over such a complex city as London. Although a right-wing politician, Boris has nothing to envy our very own Chavez regarding madness and lack of experience in government. I’m hoping to be wrong and that Boris turns out to be better than he seems…but I’m not holding my breath. Que Dios nos agarre confesados!

  2. Dear all, I’m a Venezuelan who’s been living in the UK for over 12 years and 2 of those in London. I think Caracas Chronicles would do well to stay away from discussing London’s politics for many reasons, some of them mentioned by Francisco and others which basically have to do with the fact that this blog’s coverage of London politics is patchy at best. Boris Johnson won by a few votes and although I didn’t particularly agree with some of Red Ken’s policies (including his involvement with Chavez), he did improve many issues which affect the quality of life of poor and middle class Londoners (I’m in that bracket) and Boris Johnson is threatening to ‘undo’ many of Ken’s better ideas for the city. If CC’s readers lived in London, I think many would appreciate the sheer horror some of us feel about having such a ‘buffoon’ like Boris Johnson taking over such a complex city as London. Although a right-wing politician, Boris has nothing to envy our very own Chavez regarding madness and lack of experience in government. I’m hoping to be wrong and that Boris turns out to be better than he seems…but I’m not holding my breath. Que Dios nos agarre confesados!

  3. Anonymous commenter has a point.

    Since we don’t live in London we really don’t know the ramifications of the changes. It could very well be that we are witnessing another ’98 and another ‘Chavez’. Of course as Quico pointed out, since he doesn’t live there he can afford to be glib… hmm… that’s kind of reverse PSFish of you wouldn’t you say Quico?

  4. Anonymous commenter has a point. Since we don’t live in London we really don’t know the ramifications of the changes. It could very well be that we are witnessing another ’98 and another ‘Chavez’. Of course as Quico pointed out, since he doesn’t live there he can afford to be glib… hmm… that’s kind of reverse PSFish of you wouldn’t you say Quico?

  5. No harm in writing about my city from afar, providing you have something interesting or relevant to say. “Yay” doesn’t really do it for me.

    The PSUV didn’t lose London, not even metaphorically. Aside from a few side-swipes in the right wing press, Chavez was not an issue in the election campaign. Ken Livingstone lost (narrowly) because of New Labour’s unpopularity. Ken’s vote (we call him by his first name in London) held up remarkably well, and was a full 12 points higher than Labour’s vote nationally. If that’s down to the PSUV, then clearly being alligned with Chavez is a vote winner.

    The electoral coalition that backed Ken was made up of inner-city working class ethnic minorities and non-racist working class whites (with some cosmopolitan middle class support). He was opposed by the outer London middle class suburbs, and racist working class whites.

    Voters for the LibDems (a centre party) and for the BNP (a fascist party), coalesced around Boris Johnson. Boris won because he united the opposition, including the racist vote – which sadly is an increasingly important factor. Race is not the only factor, but it is not an exaggeration to say that this was a vote against multi-culturism.

    Ken vote actually went up, both numerically and in terms of first preference share.

    If you’re interested in an analysis of the results that goes beyond “yay” or “boo”, we have a good piece on the 21st Century Socialism website.

    http://21stcenturysocialism.com/article/the_colour_of_london_01649.html

    Democratic Deficit

  6. No harm in writing about my city from afar, providing you have something interesting or relevant to say. “Yay” doesn’t really do it for me. The PSUV didn’t lose London, not even metaphorically. Aside from a few side-swipes in the right wing press, Chavez was not an issue in the election campaign. Ken Livingstone lost (narrowly) because of New Labour’s unpopularity. Ken’s vote (we call him by his first name in London) held up remarkably well, and was a full 12 points higher than Labour’s vote nationally. If that’s down to the PSUV, then clearly being alligned with Chavez is a vote winner.The electoral coalition that backed Ken was made up of inner-city working class ethnic minorities and non-racist working class whites (with some cosmopolitan middle class support). He was opposed by the outer London middle class suburbs, and racist working class whites. Voters for the LibDems (a centre party) and for the BNP (a fascist party), coalesced around Boris Johnson. Boris won because he united the opposition, including the racist vote – which sadly is an increasingly important factor. Race is not the only factor, but it is not an exaggeration to say that this was a vote against multi-culturism. Ken vote actually went up, both numerically and in terms of first preference share.If you’re interested in an analysis of the results that goes beyond “yay” or “boo”, we have a good piece on the 21st Century Socialism website. http://21stcenturysocialism.com/article/the_colour_of_london_01649.htmlDemocratic Deficit

  7. Besides the fact I do live in london, I appreciate this little hints at news development in other places with political/economical links to Vzla. As far as I can see, there is indeed such a link in between London and Venezuela.

    Paco said… “we really don’t know the ramifications of the changes”.
    I would expect this blog as a place to discuss those ramifications of the changes, somehow from the Vzlan perspective.

  8. Besides the fact I do live in london, I appreciate this little hints at news development in other places with political/economical links to Vzla. As far as I can see, there is indeed such a link in between London and Venezuela.Paco said… “we really don’t know the ramifications of the changes”.I would expect this blog as a place to discuss those ramifications of the changes, somehow from the Vzlan perspective.

  9. Both with this and with the Bolivian election, Venezuelans on both sides are starting to sound like U.S.Americans talking about Palestine. No, it is not all about you. In fact it is barely at all about you. Elections are rarely decided on foreign policy, especially local elections and elections in weak states. Votes are controlled by pocketbook, potholes and pinheadedness. And not much more. Trying to see either the Bolivian or London election as a rejection of Chavez is just as goofy as seeing the Hamas election as a rejection of the U.S. It’s not.

  10. Both with this and with the Bolivian election, Venezuelans on both sides are starting to sound like U.S.Americans talking about Palestine. No, it is not all about you. In fact it is barely at all about you. Elections are rarely decided on foreign policy, especially local elections and elections in weak states. Votes are controlled by pocketbook, potholes and pinheadedness. And not much more. Trying to see either the Bolivian or London election as a rejection of Chavez is just as goofy as seeing the Hamas election as a rejection of the U.S. It’s not.

  11. My point is simply that from an unabashedly venezuelacentric perspective – which is what this blog is about – the 0.1% of the election that was about Venezuela makes up 99.9% of what’s interesting about it. I’d get into ramifications if this was London Chronicles. It isn’t. It’s Caracas Chronicles and from my perspective all that matters is that the chavez ball coddler is out of a job!

  12. My point is simply that from an unabashedly venezuelacentric perspective – which is what this blog is about – the 0.1% of the election that was about Venezuela makes up 99.9% of what’s interesting about it. I’d get into ramifications if this was London Chronicles. It isn’t. It’s Caracas Chronicles and from my perspective all that matters is that the chavez ball coddler is out of a job!

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  14. Well, it is ok. Do you have more photos of your equipments.. i have visited the site komatpillar.com it sells a lot of used machineries and heavy equipment. Iam still searching on the internet who sells machineries with the Caterpillar brand.

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