28 October 2010

Kirchner - another Perón

For the last seven years Argentina has been run by a very good impersonation of the old fascist Perón, either in person or through his chemically enhanced wife. During that time he ran rough-shod over Congress and the Supreme Court, picked fights with the press, the church, with farmers, with international credit institutions and with Argentina's nearest neighbours.

He denounced any opposition to his totally corrupt populism as evidence of the eternal international conspiracy that explains why Argentina has consistently under-performed for the last century. But thanks to high demand from China for soya and in Brazil for vehicles, the country has enjoyed a prolonged economic boom.

His death will change nothing because the majority of the Argentine people who elected him and his wife not only approve but demand the sort of government he gave them.

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