Bolivarian buses


If you saw John Pilger’s excellent documentary, The War On Democracy, on ITV the other night, this story might be of interest:

Venezuela, London agreement to benefit citizens on the lowest incomes
ABN 21/08/2007
Caracas, Distrito Capital

London, Aug 21st (ABN).- The energy cooperation agreement, signed by the City Hall of London and the government of Venezuela, aimed at favoring the poor citizens of the English capital city, will benefit at least 1 million people, AFP news agency informed.

The agreement, signed last February 20th by the Major of London, Ken Livingstone, and the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister, Nicolás Maduro, established that the Venezuelan state oil Company (Pdvsa) will provide a 20% reduction in the price of combustible for London’s bus network.

The London City Hall’s website underlined Livingstone’ statements announcing that the Londoners: single mothers and fathers, handicapped people and those people on the lowest incomes, will benefit for half price travel on London buses thanks to the bilateral agreement signed with Venezuela.

«The agreement will make easier the lives of thousands of poor Londoners,» Livinsgtone declared on Monday during the launching of the transport subsidy program.

In return, Venezuela will free receive by London expertise in public transport, urban planning, tourism and environment protection.

I like that London is described as the capital of England. Was this chance or do comrades at the Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias keep abreast of political developments in Scotland and Wales?

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