Brexit perplexity and Venezuela regime change (E269)
“World turned upside down” is not just a good title for an album but an accurate description of Britain today. The Brexit denouement is looming (or not), and all kinds of people are changing sides. As power appears to ebb away from Jeremy Corbyn, Nick Clegg, from his California pile, calls on everyone to join the Labour Party to stop Brexit. So, to help us take a tour of the tumbling horizons we asked a man who has seen it all. John McTernan is a former advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair and to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He’s now a political commentator and analyst and he came into the studio to dissect this impending crisis.
There are signs that the Trump–Pence–Bolton campaign to achieve regime change in Venezuela is not going so well. The army remains firm, the Chavista masses are mobilised and the US Special Forces are cooling their heels in the bordellos of Puerto Rico. The great humanitarian aid convoy failed to rise like a damp soufflé whilst Richard Branson‘s Live Aid Lite went off like a damp firework. With the failure of the Hanoi Hilton Summit, does US military intervention in Venezuela look more or less likely? And if it happens how will Venezuela’s friends respond? These are the questions we put to Dr. Tomasz Pierscionek, medical doctor, political analyst, and blogger, when he came into the Sputnik studio.