Now a Cuban proposal to use its trademark rum as a substitute currency could send the Caribbean nation’s Cold-War era creditors singing yo-ho-ho all the way to the bank.
The Czech Finance Ministry says Cuban authorities have proposed to pay back £222 million lent to the island by Communist Czechoslovakia in instalments of the spirit.
Not just on the grounds that more rum is better, nor even that Cuban rum is pretty good. One more factor, what some call rum around here is actually a potato vodka coloured with caramel. Many things would be an improvement upon this.