That old phrase, attributed to Harold Wilson, seldom applied so well as it did to Venezuela this week. A week ago, shell-shocked by Supreme Tribunal decisions 155 and 156, Venezuela’s dictatorship looked to be well on its way to consolidating itself. The opposition, stuck in its sad, never-ending internecine fights (latest chapter: primaries) looked an increasing irrelevance.

A week has gone by. It saw an unheard-of internal split, a TSJ-reversal, an OAS storm, and a stunning outburst of protest later. Nobody’s talking about MUD’s irrelevance now. The regime’s essential brittleness is once again on dramatic display.

A week really is a very long time in politics.

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