Clowns & Jokers

Stuck in the middle.... Left, right, centre. It's a mess out there.

Monday, May 15, 2006

"I didn't see anything about pulp, I was just looking at her."

"She was very pretty and I blew her a kiss," said Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, who spoke to reporters in Vienna after security ejected Greenpeace activist and Carnival queen Evangelina Carrozo from the room where the joint summit photo was taken. She evaded security as she stripped to a tasselled bikini and thigh-high leather boots carrying a sign protesting plans for the pulp mill along the Uruguay river.

"It was one of the best things that have happened at this summit," said Chavez, a left-winger who has become an icon of the anti-globalisation movement but who has been criticised by other Latin American leaders in Vienna for his confrontational style.

Sadly after she'd left Mr Morales bored everyone senseless with his rejection of the free market.

EU leaders rounded on Bolivia and Venezuela for challenging free market policies.

Wolfgang Schuessel, the Austrian chancellor and the event's host, told the two countries open markets were key to promoting economic growth and prosperity.

"There are always two possibilities in life. Either you want to open your markets or you don't want to open your markets - it's your choice," he said. "But the reality is ... open market societies are better in their performance than closed, restricted structures." Hope Chav had time to check out Vienna and take those wise words on board. Its been rated the world' s no 1 city based on quality of life (Economist).

Hat tip Bad Hair Blog

It cheered Tony up (front row left). And looked like a more exciting event overall than Ken's teen party in Camden.


At Tuesday, 16 May, 2006, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...


Is that you? I know you like to demonstrate with big, white posters.


At Tuesday, 16 May, 2006, Blogger MonicaR said...

Tony is loving it, isn't he?

At Tuesday, 16 May, 2006, Blogger Wolfie said...

Actually open markets are not always of a benefit to the country concerned, the notion that they are is capitalist propaganda. If you are a small, relatively poor country with modest natural resources the global economy will only pull you down and exploit your people. And you got that from an [honest] investment banker.

(don't tell anyone I said that)

At Tuesday, 16 May, 2006, Blogger Snafu said...

Wolfie, all countries have a comparative advantage in something so they should all benefit from free trade.

Is the only country waiting to discover the benefits of open markets North Korea?

I doubt Margaret Beckett would have the same impact as Evangelina at a summit;)

At Tuesday, 16 May, 2006, Blogger associatecontributor1 said...

This is point where I would usually make some mysoginistic comment about this womans assets with the hope of offending Alison, however one part of this post has forced me to change this routine. Who the @#&% protests a pulp mill?

At Wednesday, 17 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

Thats what I thought. Shes very committed to that pulp mill.

Actually i think its about the environment and some nasty western mill dumping waste in the river.

At Wednesday, 17 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

I would love to know what Tony was saying to the guy with crutches.

At Wednesday, 17 May, 2006, Blogger associatecontributor1 said...

Probably something about having Big Ben in the front of his trousers, or something about how the south is experiencing strong growth. Honestly I'm not sure what Blair would say he didn't even get a chance to see her best side.

(Ahhh... balance is restored to the universe)

At Wednesday, 17 May, 2006, Blogger Wolfie said...


free trade != open market

At Wednesday, 17 May, 2006, Blogger Snafu said...

Wolfie, I think open markets are always of benefit!

At Thursday, 18 May, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

Youre right about her best side AC1. There a few shots of her and ALL from the same angle.

Brazilians have a word -raimunda- that means a woman with an ugly face but a nice a***.

(Pronounced hi-munda.)

p.s Wolfie but i prefer capitalist propaganda!

At Thursday, 18 May, 2006, Blogger Tom Tyler said...

Chavez (from my point of view) is a predictable socialist asshole. Yet what depresses me is that the Venezuelans seem to love him so much. What is he doing that is hitting all the right buttons over there? Was their last president a complete useless twonk and so they are in that "honeymoon" period of "hooray, time for a change"? It's intriguing.
Even so, I think it's a disgrace that Red Ken can get away with his fawning upon him, and allows the visit to become yet another media gala for the left. "The devil has all the best tunes" as they say....

At Thursday, 18 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

Honestly Tom ive seen the footage from Kens show and its full of Latino teenagers idolising him the same way they would pop star and old fart socialist worker die hards. He's a lefty pin up. Ken likes to court controversy as without it he'd fade like a nasty stain.

As for Venezuela they like the populist big mouthed bullshitter who tells them what they think they want to hear and then pockets his countrys profits. Its mostly education i guess. They are poor and believe their orator. If they asked questions they could start with, for example, if he is so great why is the country poorer than before he started when his country has benefited from rising oil prices, there is no improvement in any social conditions, why? Why is his government stacked with military? Why is his hero butcherer Robert Mugabe?

Id like to see Ken answer those questions.


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