Every so often you see something on the net that you feel really ought to be passed on. Let me share this little gem from a columnist better known for firing salvos in a South African direction.
Alec Hogg runs a newsy site called BizNews and today his aim is towards South America and the ghastly nightmare Venezuelans suffer.
|Bank's polite apology ... Dear sir, Sorry but the bank can't let you have your country's zillions in our safekeeping. Yours faithfully ... Photo by Pexels, with many thanks|
A language student from that unhappy country who I help has been telling me of the appalling life that his relations endure.
It has been doubly interesting – and sad – to hear because I have sailed in and out of the country back in happier times when Venezuela was wealthy and its people happy, quite exciting people.
Of course, since then along came Nicola Maduro and every aspect of Venezuelan life changed.
We hear in the news of the US, er, president’s bellowing about Venezuela, but then we know of his, er, empathy for struggling refugees.
Countries are ganging up on Maduro and his regime.
However, of all the bellicose pronouncements from around the world that we read about, the Brits acting as subtly as the government isn’t over Brexit, really might have the political thug by the short and curlies.
It’s columnist Alec Hogg who offers this gem. He reports that Maduro, desperate for funds to keep his military protectors sweet, has asked the Bank of England to release the country’s bullion worth $1.2bn.
The bank can’t help, it seems the polite reply stated. The gold can’t leave its vaults due to compliance issues. ‘Cute,’ reports Alec.
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