Chavez spoke for three maybe hours today at the camden centre, every word was magic. He could have talked for eight, spoke about the need for a socialist society and name checked both Marx and Christ but talked about the need to reject dogma. Marx, Engels, Lenin and Che still make sense according to Hugo but in a wide ranging speech also he praised the congestion charge talking of the need to respect ecological limits and end our love affair with the car.
There is much talk about crude populism but his intellectual grounding comes through talking about discussing maths problems with a minister once for three hours on the phone.
A historic event to be at, he told us at the end that he wanted to work closely with the Green Party and wore a Green Party flag given to him by our London MEP Jean Lambert.
So while we have to have an edge of criticism, its really important to make sure that the bolivarian revolution isn't replaced by the usual scenario of a US playground full of school of the Americas trained death squads.