Venezuela to shift clocks half an hour
Yankee imperialist time zone go home
Venezuelan prez Hugo Chavez today postponed a scheme to secure his place in the pantheon of classic comedy Latin American despots by shifting back his country's clocks half an hour, Reuters reports.
Chavez rather gamely admitted that his cunning plan, slated for activation today and which "would allow children to wake up for school in daylight instead of before sunrise", might be considered in some quarters "crazy", but decided to go ahead anyway with just eight days' notice. He announced that the move would liberate the nation from the shackles of Yankee imperialist hourly divisions - a slur likely to earn him a congratulatory exploding cigar from the CIA, we suspect.
Naturally, there was no advance publicity campaign to herald the realignment to four-and-a-half hours behind Greenwich Mean Time, and Chavez himself got a bit mixed up in announcing the masterplan when he "told Venezuelans to move their clocks forward, when really the measure requires them to be turned back".
Mercifully, good sense prevailed, and the change has been rescheduled for January to allow the oil-rich nation to "complete the necessary bureaucratic steps with international organizations". ®
Of course, you're not a right-wing toady, Mr. Baines...
Venezuelan "dictator" Hugo Chavez, eh?
If you care, Mr. Baines, to peruse the results for each of
the elections which Chavez has stood in (y'know, the one's
that a US supported coup tried to overthrow) you'll see
his mandate dwarfs that of George W. Bush and Tony Blair.
At the last general election, four out of five of the
electorate did NOT vote for your Tory Bliar and his
Neo-Labour government - did you ever slander him as a
dictator? No, I thought not. Funny that.
Chavez is my hero!
Anyone who sticks 2 fingers up at the US is a friend of mine.
If you think all this DST stuff is barbarism, you should try traveling beyond your 15-longitudinal-degree sliver of the earth.. the effect on one's precious bodily clock is a disgrace beyond reproach -- absolutely unbecoming of European civility! Please encourage your MEP to support legislation to re-form all national boundaries strictly along meridians evenly divisible by 7.5.