The atmosphere, even after more than three hours of solid speechifying, was still electric, Chávez's words drowned by the cheering of the audience, many of them the sort of young people who would never be seen at a political rally in Central London listening to a British politician.
...many British politicians must be wondering how a South American leader who dares to set aside sound-bites and addresses audiences for hours in a language which is not their own can arouse such enthusiasm. It can't just be the oil. The man's vision must have something to do with it.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Chávez Takes London
Hugh O'Shaughnessy in Counterpunch: