Popcorn time!

The Guardian prints an article saying that not everything is peachy in Cuba.

And of course, we all count down, 3…2…1…..to see how quickly the comments section starts to slag it off.

A child born in Havana will still live longer than a child born in Washington.

But apparently the Amerikan \’freedom\’ to choose from several different types of salt/mobile phones/whatever, is more important than the education and health of the population.

Only a man resident in Amerika could write about \”tyrants\” with such a straight face. Your resident country has been illegally trying to kill Castro for decades.

That was comment two. Interesting point he\’s amking actually. I\’d never realised that the health and education of the population required the near complete absence of political or economic freedom. Schools\’n\’ospitals, yes, possibly even government of tax funding of such. Could even be that the governemnt actually has to run them directly.

I\’ve just never really considered the point that shooting anyone who says \”Castro is a poopyhead\” was a requirement as well.

Anyway, if you\’re looking for the socialist loons then they\’ll be the ones spluttering in this comments section.

15 thoughts on “Popcorn time!”

  1. Summary of Guardianista views on Cuba:

    Free education – good!
    Free health – good!

    Free speech – bad!
    Free press – bad!
    Free elections – bad!

  2. Healthcare in Cuba really is great. Castro’s communism provides great healthcare, and we can’t deny that this is because everyone (until recently at least) gets paid exactly the same salary. Roughly $20 a month I believe. Really, that’s why they have great healthcare.

    Because in Cuba you can only use things other than money to differentiate between jobs. So people go, by and large, for the fun jobs. You know – the ones that get you respected in the community, great job satisfaction, prestige, possibly not much actual work to do because there is huge oversupply of people doing it, the undivided attention of lots of attractive young nurses, and so on.

    So Cuba is famously overrun with doctors, but is anyone mending the sewers? Or even importing cars?

  3. Anyway, if you’re looking for the socialist loons then they’ll be the ones spluttering in this comments section.

    And there I was thinking I wouldn’t get my fix today.

  4. In 1956, prior to Casto’s takeover, Cuba had a lower rate of infant mortality than France. Not a statistic that you see banded about in The Guardian.

  5. @JamesV
    “Healthcare in Cuba really is great.”

    I seriously suggest you try that line on the guy fitted the windscreen to my car earlier this year. He’s heard that one before & didn’t find it the least amusing.

  6. I know cubans who don’t think the health care is great.
    I have often wished that people who think Cuba and Venezuela are wonderful could swap passports with locals who don’t.
    This would also raise the average IQ in the UK and lower it in the socialist paradises but possibly the dear leaders would like this.

    Any idea of how this could be set up?

  7. JamesV: you’re obviously a Rove-financed neocon lickspittle. Income in Cuba is a lot more than $20 a month. It’s more like $29.

  8. In any case the figures for literacy, longevity and standards of health care are simply invented by the government. They mean nothing. It’s true that there are a lot of well-trained doctors, there just isn’t any equipment or medicine for them to do medicine with.

  9. The Cuban healthcare system is very bad for cubans but very good for the shit commies who go there from the west.

    Cuba is also rated lower on the WHO healthcare scale that the US.

    You don’t hear that often either.

  10. When you are being seriously militarily threatened it is normal and reasonable to restrict freedom more than otherwise. Cuba gas been so threatened for 50 years.

    In 1941 you would have been arrested for saying “Churchill is a poopyhead comapred to that fine Mr Hitler”. What Cuna would have been like now it it had not spent a lifetime under military threat is something we can only speculate on but it would certainly be different.

  11. ……When you are being seriously militarily threatened it is normal and reasonable to restrict freedom more than otherwise……

    The Bay of Pigs was before I was born, and I’m no spring chicken. There has been no serious military threat since.

  12. As part of the US-Soviet agreement after the missile crisis, the USA agreed not to attempt to invade Cuba again. Cuba has not been under any military threat for almost half a century.

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