It's our oil (or will be soon)
There can’t be too much doubt that the current Venezuelan government is incompetent, corrupt and in need of profound reform. But those three words, incompetent, corrupt and reform could apply equally to many other regimes around the world. I’m thinking particularly of Saudi Arabia, where they don’t even pretend to have free and fair elections. I know I’m joining a chorus of those who have expressed their disgust at the hypocritical stance of ‘our’ government in recognising a Venezuelan opposition leader as ‘interim president’ but then could we expect anything less from May’s crackpot, banana regime which only exists because it has bribed the DUP fruitcakes? And if El Trumpo engages in a military escapade in what our junior Foreign Office minister, the diminutive Alan Duncan described as ‘America’s backyard’ should we applaud such action on ‘humanitarian’ grounds? Because that is how it will be sold, as opposed to the sanctions currently imposed. It would be more civilised to engage with the government and civil society of Venezuela to seek a way out of its current problems than to go along with yet another U.S. imperial intervention. ‘Backyard’ indeed. At least in Alan Duncan we have somebody who knows his stuff. According to Wikipedia: “After graduating from Oxford, Duncan worked as a trader of oil and refined products, first with Royal Dutch Shell (1979–81) and then for Marc Rich from 1982 to 1988 (Rich became a fugitive from justice in 1983). He worked for Rich in London and Singapore. Duncan used the connections he had built up to be self-employed from 1988 to 1992, acting as a consultant and adviser to foreign governments on oil supplies, shipping and refining.”
So we can safely say Venezuela’s oil will be in safe hands.
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