In 2016, we were treated to a wonderful speech by President Obama about the Castro brothers’ “accomplishments” when he visited Havana.
“I said this to President Castro in Cuba. I said, look, you’ve made great progress in educating young people. Every child in Cuba gets a basic education—that’s a huge improvement from where it was. Medical care—the life expectancy of Cubans is equivalent to the United States, despite it being a very poor country, because they have access to health care. That’s a huge achievement. They should be congratulated.”
Obama was a professional panderer, so no-one took much stock in that in the USA. He didn’t labour too long on the points that Cubans are pathetically poor and lack basic human rights. You’d wonder why people have been trying to get out of there for 58 years, and they’re always trying to get in to countries like the USA, Britain and Australia.
Food consumption in Cuba actually declined by 12 percent between 1954-1957 and 1995-1997. In Chile, it rose by 19 percent and in Mexico by 28 percent. Between 1954-1957 and 1995-1997, car ownership in Cuba declined at an annual rate of 0.1 percent. It increased at an annual rate of 16 percent in Brazil, 25 percent in Ecuador and 26 percent in Colombia.
But our barley-disguised UK Communist Party is happy Fidel’s legacy will continue and the “future of Cuba is guaranteed”. Cuba and Venezuela are the economic and societal models they’d like to bring to Britain.
The leaders will still dress well enough to make it into GQ.