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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Alliance Party Builds NZ/Venezuela Ties

Some humor (and a little eye candy)from the Alliance Party website.

During a recent visit to Venezuela, Alliance Party General Secretary Tom Dowie held discussions with officials from the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He presented pounamu and a book on Maori taonga to officials including the Asia, Middle East and Pacific Vice Minister Victor Manzaneras and Pacific analyst Lucibel Contreras Ochoa on behalf of the Alliance Party.

Mr Dowie says the efforts of the Venezuelan people to create a new democratic and socially just society were held in great admiration internationally, and showed the way forward as the unsustainable global system of free market capitalism enters in a period of instability and recession.

Discussions with the officials included the social programmes of President Hugo Chavez and his Government, law and order, the recent spikes in oil prices and how Venezuela is able to supply its own people with petrol at just under US 5 cents a litre.

The possibility of Venezuela opening a consulate in New Zealand was also discussed, along with the chances of President Chavez visiting New Zealand.

Amazing that the remnants of the Alliance Party (which doesn't even register on opinion polls) thinks its up to conducting diplomacy on New Zealand's behalf.

Interestingly though, the recently announced Alliance Party election list includes Warren Brewer (28) and Thomas O'Neill (14).

Warren Brewer is secretary of Socialist Party of Aotearoa (SPA), New Zealand's mainstream Marxist-Leninist party. Thomas O'Neill is an admitted socialist and suspected member of SPA.

The Residents Action Movement, which plans to field candidates in every electorate in the upcoming election, also has close ties to SPA.

Will SPA guide RAM and the Alliance into some sort of electoral accomodation in order to maximise the left vote?


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