He must be Caracas!

During the election campaign a popular joke was that if he lost, Livingstone would run off to a luxury villa in Venezuela before the skeletons in the cupboard are found.

It was a funny enough little joke that no one really thought would happen, until now. In a life imitates art (if you can call a rubbish joke art) Livingstone is on the Chavez payroll. I hope that the former Mayor gets to catch up on his tan while he is in Caracas, he was looking rather peaky the last time I saw him hanging around at city hall.

6 responses to “He must be Caracas!

  1. Just discovered this blog. People like you make me proud to be African. You demonstrate how wrong Livingstone’s politics are – patronising Africans, as if we can’t achieve things for ourselves. You prove that we can. Well done.

  2. Just discovered this blog. People like you make me proud to be African. You demonstrate how wrong Livingstone’s politics are – patronising Africans, as if we can’t achieve things for ourselves. You prove that we can. Well done.

  3. I cannot see what is wrong with a internationally-respected city leader like Livingstone giving advice to other major cities. Livingstone’s administration established itself a world leader on city government issues like the environment and transport, seen for example in the role London played in establishing the C40 group of cities against climate change and the work with the Clinton Foundation. As Venezuela is a democratic country with aspirations to improve the quality of life for its citizens in the capital city – which has many deep-seated problems – it makes perfect sense for them to ask those who have experience in urban policy to help out.

  4. I cannot see what is wrong with a internationally-respected city leader like Livingstone giving advice to other major cities. Livingstone’s administration established itself a world leader on city government issues like the environment and transport, seen for example in the role London played in establishing the C40 group of cities against climate change and the work with the Clinton Foundation. As Venezuela is a democratic country with aspirations to improve the quality of life for its citizens in the capital city – which has many deep-seated problems – it makes perfect sense for them to ask those who have experience in urban policy to help out.

  5. The Venezuelan oil deal was always dodgy because it was never clear how much valuable help the Venezuelan governemnt was actually receiving and obviously the matter of how much revenue would have been pumped into the economy had it been sold at normal price (the excuse of its going into the hands of oil barons only goes so far).

    The fact that Livingstone is still working for Chavez goes some way towards proving that he was in the deal for the right reasons and dedicated to an equitable deal. It in no way validates his judgement (or Chavez’s) but it’s something he should really be considered morally obliged to do in the circumstances, and he’s doing it, so most of us feel reassured about his character and less guilt/unease vis-a-vis the Venezuelan people. I wouldn’t want to exile him to Venezulela to pay penance but there’s certainly a feeling of a debt needing to be repaid and I would actually respect him if he did take up residence in Caracas as permanent infrastructure adviser.

  6. The Venezuelan oil deal was always dodgy because it was never clear how much valuable help the Venezuelan governemnt was actually receiving and obviously the matter of how much revenue would have been pumped into the economy had it been sold at normal price (the excuse of its going into the hands of oil barons only goes so far).

    The fact that Livingstone is still working for Chavez goes some way towards proving that he was in the deal for the right reasons and dedicated to an equitable deal. It in no way validates his judgement (or Chavez’s) but it’s something he should really be considered morally obliged to do in the circumstances, and he’s doing it, so most of us feel reassured about his character and less guilt/unease vis-a-vis the Venezuelan people. I wouldn’t want to exile him to Venezulela to pay penance but there’s certainly a feeling of a debt needing to be repaid and I would actually respect him if he did take up residence in Caracas as permanent infrastructure adviser.

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