A few weeks are being spent in Chile and once again BBC World is actually being accessed. A lot of promoting their own drivel and for the busy beaver who cannot find the time to tune into worthwhile news the “live the story” narrative might not be questioned. The story, however, is to be found simply by opening your eyes wherever you are.
In Hong Kong there are pensioners collecting used cardboard in order to live, while just up the road from there in the “three wee monkeys” mainland you will find a picture of Mao grinning down at you in a hovel, while in a private conversation, in a better part of one of China’s first tier cities, a member of what is a rapidly expanding privileged elite, will tell you in no uncertain terms that he, or she, doesn’t really believe the shit that is spouted out in Beijing. And is there any point in informing the head of the hovel that while “Mr 70% good, 30% bad” was running the show, it was they in particular who were shafted?
The news here is that Sebastián Piñera has just won the presidential election and after a televised meeting with Alejandro Guillier, his opponent, he has stated that “Chile needs dialogue and collaboration more than confrontation” . Of course, even ignoring the par for the course soundbites, this is indeed hollow hyperbole and the few short conversations and fleeting observations made inform me that the rich will indeed continue to get richer, and the poor poorer. Or, has something been missed in the observation of the up-market cars bedecked in Chilean flags driving through the Barrio Lastarria this evening.
No, nothing will change, until, of course, the shit really does hit the fan, but then that is no different in Hong Kong and mainland China, indeed, it is the same the whole world over. Moreover, it is not something you need to get from one of the BBC’s “live the story” pseudo journalists. Free health care, free education, sound social security systems, a retreat from neo-liberalism and wreaking havoc on the environment might save the day, but again it might be expected that none of those things will happen until the shit really does hit the fan and by that time it will probably be too late.
The picture is of another “loser”, this time in Santiago de Chile, another essentially rich city.