Four bakers arrested over illegal brownies in Venezuela’s ‘bread war’

Four bakers arrested over illegal brownies in Venezuela’s ‘bread war’, by Reuters.

Venezuela this week arrested four bakers making illegal brownies and other pastries as President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government threatens to take over bakeries in Caracas as part of a new “bread war”.

Maduro has sent inspectors and soldiers into more than 700 bakeries around the capital this week to enforce a rule that 90% of wheat must be destined to loaves rather than more expensive pastries and cakes.

It was the latest move by the government to combat shortages and long lines for basic products that have characterised Venezuela’s economic crisis over the last three years.

The ruling Socialist party says pro-opposition businesses are sabotaging the nation’s economy by hoarding products and hiking prices. Critics say the government is to blame for persisting with failed polices of price and currency controls.

Breadmakers blame the government for a national shortage of wheat, saying 80% of establishments have none left in stock.

During this week’s inspections, two men were arrested as their bakery was using too much wheat in sweet bread, ham-filled croissants and other products, the state superintendency of fair prices said in a statement sent to media on Thursday.

Marvelous. The government knows best about everything, and any problems are the opposition’s fault. It’s not like the same pattern of failure due to the same policies hasn’t happened several times in the last century. Slow learners I suppose — maybe this time will be different, let’s risk trashing our country!

FLASHBACK: Meanwhile in Australia, many prominent trendy politically correct leftoids, who presume to know what is best for Australians and are given ample media time by the ABC, lauded the politics of Chavez. In 2007 they invited Chavez to Australia, writing:

Dear President Chávez,

We, the undersigned citizens of Australia, would like to extend a warm invitation for you to visit our country. We have watched developments in Venezuela with great interest. We have been impressed by the great effort that your government has taken to improve the living standards of the majority of Venezuelans. We have also noted with keen attention the moves that your government has begun to make to create a society based on popular participation in all spheres of society—from the workplace up to the national government.

Among the signatories, as Tim Blair noted, are some of Australia’s greatest losers:

  • Andrew Ferguson, NSW Secretary, CFMEU
  • Antony Loewenstein – Independent Journalist
  • Dick Nichols – National Co-ordinator, Socialist Alliance
  • Jakalene X – Indigenous community activist
  • John Pilger – Independent Journalist
  • Kerry Nettle – Australian Greens Senator for NSW
  • Kerryn Williams – Editor, Green Left Weekly
  • Keysar Trad – Islamic Friendship Association
  • Mathew Chuk – General Secretary, National Union of Students 2007
  • Natasha Stott-Despoja – SA Australian Democrats Senator
  • Phillip Adams – ABC journalist, Republican of the Year 2005

Yet I will bet none of them, being politically correct, will admit that they were incorrect.

hat-tip Matthew