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Dogmatic political allegiances are clouding our judgement on Venezuela—we must resist them

There are important lessons to be learned from what has happened in Venezuela. But we won't learn them as long as the British press uses it as a political football

By Ian Dunt  

VENEZUELA, Caracas: A device explodes as clashes erupt between protesters and police in late July. Photo: PA

Events in Venezuela are covered in the British press as if we were football supporters backing our respective side. The left promoted Hugo Chavez, so now it either keeps silent or, worse, repeats government propaganda. The right wants to use Venezuela to show how flawed the left’s moral judgement is and how it would act in power in Britain.

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