Hugo Chavez death, more SWP rape claims, Mallow Easter race festival 2013

The death of Hugo Chavez has put me into a reflective mood. In life and death he divided the left. Was he a voice for 21th century socialism? There are claims that he helped the poor and the rich hated him for that. It is claimed that since he first came to power he has made the country more democratic. We cannot ignore the claims that the economy of his oil rich state of Venezuela is preforming poorly. His friendship with Cuba, Iran, Syria and others show a distain for democracy internationally. According to Gene in the blog harrysplace his opponent for the last Presidential election is a social democrat. Looking at the record of Chavez I have mixed feelings about his politics. Socialists should base their politics on democracy and the people and not on one person. The cult of personality has done great harm to the left in the 20th century. We shouldn’t support any old tyrant just because they are anti-western. Real social democracy will be anti dogmatic and it will support democracy nationally and internationally. I don’t think that Chavez will shape 21th century socialism. I hope he doesn’t have any influence at all. With friends like the dictatorships of Iran and Cuba he was no friend of democracy or the Jews.
There seems to be more claims about the British SWP rape claims. According to the blog harrysplace the British SWP is torn by internal splits and revelations of rapes and cover ups. The question I want to ask is why is the Irish media so silent about this story. After all the SWP in in Ireland and they are a part of the United Left Alliance in the Dail. Is looking like a trendy pretend leftie more important than the protection of women and political morality in certain sections in Ireland?
Just a remember the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend race meeting is on In Mallow racecourse on Mar 30 to Apr 3 2013. I have one issue about the Mallow races and that is why is it called the Cork racecourse. The racecourse is in Mallow. For anyone interested in local history Michael Shine passed away. He was a good age he wrote about local historical matters in the Mallow Field Journal may he rest in peace.


Author: irishfabian

This blog expresses my views about the world. I am a member of the Irish Labour Party in Cork East.

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