Monday, November 06, 2006

Communist set to win presidency… Could Blair bound back from political death??



In Nicaragua, the Sandinista leader, Daniel Ortega, today looked increasingly set for political resurrection, 16 years after the voters opted to sling him out of office. Ortega had, as you will remember, led a hard-line Marxist revolution in which he nationalized private land and drove inflation over 30,000 percent. Ortega will win the presidency outright if he holds on to 40 per cent of the vote or maintains 35 per cent and a lead of five points over the second-placed candidate. This could be one of Latin America's biggest political comebacks. His previous two presidential attempts, in 1996 and 2001, were failures. And it seems his wife has played a major role in Danny’s political rebirth.
Maybe Tony will try a similar resurrection from political obscurity when Big Gordo’s reign starts to crash and burn. Cherie would be all for it.
We all know how she feels about Gordo...

Actually, Ortega is only set to seize victory because the predominant "anti-Sandinista" vote was split between three parties. A lesson for anti-Leftists everywhere is to be learnt from that particular screw-up.With a per capita GDP of less than $800, Nicaragua is piss poor by even Latin American standards. Nicaragua receives approximately 35 percent of its budget from foreign investment and aid, and that would be in jeopardy if Ortega were elected and pursued an agenda of nationalizing industry and expropriation.

As with other elections in the region, Hugo Chavez has injected himself into the process in an attempt to influence the results. Back in April, Chavez hosted Ortega on his weekly television show, hugging Nicaragua's former revolutionary leader. "I shouldn't say I hope you win, because they will accuse me of sticking my nose into Nicaraguan internal affairs," Chavez said. "But I hope you win." Chavez has already offered cheap oil and heavily subsidized fertilizer if Mr Ortega wins.

The results of this election could prove to be a turning point for Nicaragua. And almost certainly a turn for the worse at that. Ken Livingstone, the BBC and the left-liberal media globally will experience collective orgasm if Danny Ortega wins through...of that we can, at least, be sure. In a country where underemployment is estimated at nearly 47 percent and half the country lives below the poverty line, the future looks grim for Nicaragua.No matter how The Guardian might interpret the results.But could Tony and/or Cherie ever stumble back from the political morgue to darken our futures?

7 comments:

CityUnslicker said...

superb line 'collective orgasm.'

top blogging.

I would not rule out a Cherie shot-at- the-title; their arrogance knows no bounds.

Newsandseduction said...

strong opinions.

Ellee said...

Very interesting, is 16 years a record for making a policital come-back, if successful?

istanbultory said...

Is 16 years a record for making a policital come-back? You know I think it might be....There are, however, a few lazarus types in Turkish politics. The recently deceased former PM Bulent Ecevit managed to hold the premiership on 5 seperate occasions- during the 1970s at the head of 4 different coalitions....and then again (after a 20 year absence) between 1999-2002.

Derek Wall said...

Interesting that the US threatens to cut aid if he does win...be nice to see some Latin American leaders commenting on the fairness of todays US mid terms...big money, dodgy voting machines, etc

C4' said...

But could Tony and/or Cherie ever stumble back from the political morgue to darken our futures?

I'll lynch them both if they ever do!

istanbultory said...

There are already threatening sounds coming out of Washington.
C4, If you need any help with the lynching, you know who to call upon for help...