Venezuela; Hugo Chavez still in hospital
Chavez is seen as a real divisive figure with 45% voting against him at the last elections.
The poor and working class like him because he spends the petrol revenues on social programs and helping improve their standard of living and the wealthy hate him because he spends the petrol revenues on social programs and helping improve the lives of the poor.
Internationally Hugo Chavez is generally supported by the left though not entirely, even among the international left he is divisive.
Personally I am not one for hearsay, I like to look at the stats… and the stats are not good!
Hugo Chavez has been president for 14 years (came to power in 1999) which is by no means ‘too long’ (he is the 24th longest current serving leader) but how has he and Venezuela performed?
HDI ranking – Currently 73rd (2011)
1995 – 53rd
2000 – 58th
2005 – 74th
2010 – 73rd
HDI is the UN’s Human Development Index, it attempts to measure standard of living.
2010 – 79th (73.8 overall)
2000 – 52nd (73.3 overall)
1990 – 50th (71.2 overall)
Life expectancy is getting better but at a slower rate to other countries.
The truth is something that always seems to be hidden in a web of media bullshit and left/right agendas.
The Guardian, for example, is reporting that the homeless in Venezuela have been given free houses and that lots of money has been spent on social programs and while I don’t deny this, it is clear from the stats that something doesn’t add up. Either the stats from the UN and other ‘trusted’ resources are false or Chavez’s regime is not all it’s made out to be.
What do you think? Is life getting better in Venezuela? Are you from Venezuela? And finally, what do you think will happen once Chavez steps down or passes away?