Ken Livingstone says executions would have made Venezuela more successful

The Guardian reports:

Ken Livingstone, a former mayor of London, has blamed the turmoil in on the unwillingness of the former president, Hugo Chávez, to execute “oligarchs” after he came to power.

Livingstone, who is suspended from the Labour party, also blamed the economic crisis in the country on the government’s failure to take his advice on investment in infrastructure, which he said would have reduced the Latin American state’s dependence on oil.

The former mayor, a longtime supporter of the late president Chávez and his successor Nicolás Maduro, said the socialist leader’s enemies wanted to restore their power.

“One of the things that Chávez did when he came to power, he didn’t kill all the oligarchs. There was about 200 families who controlled about 80% of the wealth in Venezuela,” Livingstone told Talk Radio.

“He allowed them to live, to carry on. I suspect a lot of them are using their power and control over imports and exports to make it difficult and to undermine Maduro.”

Socialists can never admit their policies have failed in every country that has tried them. So they find people to blame. In this case he seems to lament that the lack of executions of wealthy families has led to the collapse of Venezuela’s economy.

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