Monday, 18 June 2018

President Elect of Colombia

The new President Elect of Colombia is Ivan Duque with 54% of the vote

His critics are already stating that means Avaro Uribe is in effect in charge, this despite claims by Duque himself that he is of a new Generation, and will not be following down Uribe's avenue.

I was neither a Duque nor Petro supporter, I don't think either will bring about the change that this Country needs or wants, but at least Duque is the least likely to cause harm to the Country in the long term. He has to be given a chance to prove the claims he is making. People say he will be bad for the Peace Process, I have to ask what Process? as soon as Juan Manuel Santos got his Nobel Peace Prize, everything seemed to come to a halt, supposedly there was no more cash, well, where did it go then? because they were pledged International cash, it can only have gone into the pockets of those with the purse strings, but what did Santos do about it?  If Duque changes the terms, and the people are in agreement with that, I don't see the problem, it is not, and never was for the 'terrorists' to dictate terms.

Gustavo Petro on the other hand, has made numerous claims, indeed his supporters state he is a Socialist, not a Communist, and that reports he would take Colombia down the same road as Venezuela or Cuba are total rubbish, and yet history says otherwise, in 2003 it was reported that Petro was a friend and close advisor to Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and was instrumental in helping to set up the Government of the day During his time as Mayor of Bogota he had some good ideas, but no idea how to implement them, in the end he was removed from office, that could not happen if he was President, that in itself is a frightening thought.

Unfortunately Colombian Expat Media have openly supported Petro, instead of giving a balanced view, I was a big supporter of Colombia Reports an online newspaper, giving us daily news, but in my view it overstepped the mark and became the online mouthpiece for the Socialist supporting Editor, with comments from people who should know better, and in many cases don't even live in the country. I'm all for free speech, but then at least back up that garbage with evidence to at least make it sound as if they know what they are talking about.

Let's at least give Duque a chance, he takes Office on 7th August, if he proves to be a good President, then the Voters will have made the right choice, if he is bad for the Country, they can wave good-bye to him in 2022, at which time, hopefully a Candidate will come along, who can unite the country and take it forward.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

A Totally Different Day!

It's only 6.50am and I feel like a different person... with no music keeping me awake, I slept like a baby, and woke at 5.50am feeling so much better, still a little gaspy, but nothing that will stop me getting on with life.

The Dogs had their first walk for three days, and thoroughly enjoyed checking what had been going on during their absence, so did I for that matter! I'm not sure where the sun is, the clouds look quite menacing, but is was still warm.

Today will decide whether Colombia continues on the same path of 'more of the same' or becomes a Socialist lead Country, bordering Communism, in other words it is the final day of the Presidential Election, Duque v. Petro .

There is no obvious outright leader in the polls now, so it's anybodies guess. Many Expats along with many Colombians want Petro to win, he is a keen supporter of the Leader and former Leaders of Cuba and Venezuela, and you know what has happened to those countries, he claims that he will lead a Government that will clean up corruption, a great idea in itself, but at what cost? Petro is no saint, he has shown that he may have big ideas, but doesn't have the brain to carry them out, when he nearly brought Bogota to it's knees as Mayor, until he was removed, will he do the same as President? if he does, I am sure that he will be OK, his elder children have already left the country, with a Daughter in Canada, and another child in France, I am sure he has protected his wealth.

I on the other hand would, if I could, vote for Duque, it is the safe option, keeps Petro out, and gives time for a genuinely decent Candidate to come forward for the next election in 2022, I don't think he will do anything good for the country, I may be wrong, but I also don't think that he is a danger.

So later this morning I will take Marcela to caste her vote, and then we will stop off for lunch on the way home.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Under the Weather

As I have mentioned previously, with the arrival of summer everyone seemed to go down with a 48hr flu virus, but true to form, I got it as everyone else was recovering, unfortunately that then triggered bronchitis, which I suffer from, from time to time, and I can't shake it off, one minute I think I am much better, then it strikes again....I guess that's life.

Unfortunately one of the Fincas de Recreo at the back of us has visitors with electronic music, they play the same noise over and over again, they started at 7.30 last night, and Marcela rang the Police and asked if they would visit when in the area, and ask them to moderate the volume, which they said they would.

Marcela then messaged with the Secretaria de Gobierno de Copacabana, who said that the Inspectora de PolicĂ­a (Town Hall enforcement, nothing to do with the Policia Nacional) was also attending.  Some time later the music stopped for twenty minutes, then started again slowly increasing in volume, until it was back as before, we presumed it was when the Police had visited, and then left, but Marcela spoke with the Secretaria de Gobierno this morning who said that they had attended, and  they couldn't hear anything in the area...what a load of tosh!

That left four possible scenarios:
1. Those that attended were deaf
2. Those that attended were inept
3. Those that attended were persuaded to leave without taking any action
4. They never attended

We have now had the same 'music' for sixteen and a half hours non stop, and I guess they will be with us until 5pm tomorrow, and possibly joined by Visitors to the Finca de Recreo alongside us, who wont hold back if they hear the other finca, it is going to be hell on earth, until tomorrow night.

I think we are seriously going to consider moving in the next couple of years, something we didn't want to do, and I will be sad in some ways, most of the people in Copacabana are lovely people, it is the Authorities, I have never, never lived in such a lawless and corrupt municipality in my life, and don't want to spend the rest of what is left of my life fighting officialdom.


After 22 1/2 hours it went silent, we still don't know if the renters left after one day, or whether someone has spoken to them, and so far (6pm) no one has arrived at the other finca de recreo. After all that time of being here whilst our walls were vibrating with the bass beat, and eating nearly half a packet of headache tablets, we might actually get some sleep tonight.