It was reported today that Diane Abbott has claimed, during a speech to the Venezuelan Solidarity Campaign, that elections in crisis-hit Venezuela are CLEANER and FAIRER than those in Britain. Her speech was recorded and she can be heard praising the Venezuelan democratic process.
Ms Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, also makes the remarkable claim the Venezuelan system is better than both the British and US systems.
‘And it’s actually less liable to fraud and impersonation than the British election process, which I know well because I’ve fought five general elections.’
‘It’s clearly a better system than the one the Americans had in the 2000 elections – remember that?’
‘It’s a better process than they have there.’
We can only assume that Diane is well aware of the voting shenanigans that have long been suspected of taking place in many of the UK Labour constituencies and has based her comparison of the electoral systems on her inside knowledge of ‘electoral fraud’ in the UK.
Let us hope her understanding of the Venezuela electoral system is better researched and more accurate that her recent reporting of the cost of policing in the UK.
More than a hundred people have died on the streets of Venezuela as a result of an uprising opposing President Nicolas Maduro’s bid to over-rule the constitution.
Those opposed to Mr Maduro have vowed to keep protesting after last weekend’s election, called to pick a new assembly which will rewrite the country’s constitution and potentially give the president unlimited power.
Mr Corbyn continues to resist calls to criticise socialist dictator Maduro after hundreds of political opponents in Venezuela were attacked or seized in a brutal crackdown. ‘For a man who aspires to the highest elected political office, Mr Corbyn’s inaction here shines a beacon of light on the dangerous socialist path he would like to lead Britain down.’
Mr Corbyn, who idolised Venezuela’s former socialist leader Hugo Chavez, refused to interrupt his holiday to speak out.
A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said Labour was watching ‘developments in Venezuela closely’, adding that the party had made clear ‘our position on the importance of respect for the rule of law and human rights’.