Recent reports on the situation in the socialist haven of Venezuela suggest that not everything is so tickety-boo. With five-hour queues for toilet paper, the prospect of forced labour looming and a mass food shortage, Mercosur -- the South American trade bloc -- has threatened to expel the country over human rights violations and not complying with trade laws.
Despite this, the Labour party continues to show solidarity with the country. Last night, comrades gathered at conference for Cuba and Venezuela: International Solidarity Needed Now More Than Ever!. At the event Labour's Baroness Angela Smith was joined by the Venezuelan ambassador HE Rocio Maniero as Tony Burke -- assistant General Secretary at Unite -- called for solidarity with Venezuela:
'What we've seen is this well-organised right wing attack assisted by the US and the Mainstream Media and other elites in attacking Venezuela in particular -- and having some success. That's the worst thing about it.'
Viva la Revolution!