Where’s Owen Jones?

Five hundred hungry Venezuelan women have stormed across a bridge into Colombia, defying a year-long border crossing in search of basic foodstuff and goods which are hard to find back home.

Dressed in white T-shirts, the women from the Venezuelan town of Ureña marched up to the barriers manned by members of the National Guard. The guardsmen formed a cordon to prevent the women from passing but they eventually broke through, cheering as they ran across the bridge into the Colombian city of Cúcuta.

“The women of Ureña decided to come to the international bridge to cross the border because we don’t have food in our homes, our children are going hungry, there is a lot of need,” one woman told the Cúcuta daily La Opinion.

The women poured into the markets and shops of the Colombian city, snatching up toilet paper, flour, cooking oil, corn flour and other goods hard to find back home.

Because of the exchange rate between the Venezuelan bolivar and Colombian peso, and the lack of subsidies in Colombia, the women who forced their way across the border on Tuesday may have paid 10 times the price for the goods they bought compared to the official prices at home.

But their complaint was that the goods cannot be found in Venezuela.

Enraged Venezuelan housewives invade Colombia in search of toilet paper.

Where is Owen Jones and his explanation of how lovely Bolivarian socialism is?

22 thoughts on “Where’s Owen Jones?”

  1. I think he’s at Goldman Sach’s at the moment, discussing his alliance with them against the working class.

  2. He’s writing an article with Seamus about how Venezuela was never proper socialist and they never said it was, it was all a set up by the CIA to discredit real socialism (which has never ever been tried).

  3. Bit of context for those interested – Petrol is massively subsidised in Venezuela – even with a cut last year it’s still basically nothing.

    Venezuelans in the border regions in Columbia were crossing over and selling/trading it with Colombians. Gov said ‘No’ to this and put in much stricter border controls.

  4. pick any two from the following list

    – it wasn’t proper socialism
    – it was *actually* state capitalism, actually
    – we need to try again but harder
    – it’s all the CIA’s fault
    – it’s all Mossad’s fault
    – we would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you darned kids

  5. Hopefully moves are afoot that when the Maduro regime is toppled then Jones and Abbott, and indeed all the people who provided a veneer of legitimacy to the Elections that put him into office, can be extradited to Caracas to face the fury of the Venezuelan people. With any luck a few other prominent remainers on Facebook can go on the same flight once the ‘Socialist Tax’ is enacted…..

  6. Flatcap Army

    Yes, and then add ‘The dream will never die’ or similar sentimental guff.

    Rinse and repeat.

  7. Perhaps a side effect of Brexit bedding in might be the entirely positive mass emigration of the Owen Jones brigade, taking to rubber dinghies to cross the Channel to be able to continue to spread their message in a more enlightened and receptive environment.

  8. BraveFart

    I have hoped this would be the case and indeed a ‘Socialist Tax’ would be designed to achieve such an effect. However, in the cold light of day, many of them are ‘working’ in disciplines that are of extremely limited value out there in the global market place – and of course they would miss ‘their London’ – one effect of the Brexit vote has been to expose as completely false the link between intelligence and qualifications.

    Many of the most vitriolic ‘Remain’ supporters are ‘well qualified’ academics who have spent years in their fields but those fields themselves are of almost zero actual academic value. Anyone working in any field related to Gender, Race or Sexual Orientation (for example) is intrinsically likely to be stupid, regardless of their nominal qualification level.

  9. “10 times the price for the goods they bought compared to the official prices at home”

    “official” prices…

    One thing economists do know is how to create a shortage: proven correct again.

  10. Can’t you just imagine the articles Jones & Murphy would write, praising progressive border guards who shot reactionary elements using international markets to evade the Courageous State’s equitable rationing.

    Of course they won’t run short of paper to wipe their arses with, not with their journalistic output.

  11. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Dan, john miller, “Er, Columbia?”

    Pretty sure it was Colombia and not, e.g., Washington D.C.

    Pendantry, yay.

  12. Nye Bevan in another context: “So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. They condemned millions of first-class people to semi-starvation. “

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