I have always been attracted by the romance of Latin America. I was about 13 when I saw the documentary The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and I was utterly taken in. Venezuela’s charismatic indigenous leader had been overthrown by powerful vested interests, but came back to power improbably on the strength of his popular support.
For someone who had grown up in Britain during the Blair years, where there was an overwhelming centrist consensus among the parties, the strength of Hugo Chávez’s socialist conviction was appealing. As British politicians sought ever-closer ties with the US, Chávez condemned the war in Afghanistan, saying “no se puede luchar contra ningún terror con terror” – you cannot fight terror with terror.… Seguir leyendo »