However, during the course of the evening she did describe herself as a ‘un-reconstructed Stalinist’, which I assume was a ‘joke’*; and went on to make a case for central planning (which I assume wasn’t).
Just to help her understand why I think the Devil has swearblogged her so thoroughly, I offer this gem, which contains the following;The monthly rate of inflation rose to 2,200% in March, the highest in the world.
Mmmm, electricity rationing and inflation out of control. Now, we had a touch of that here once, you know. Now, when was it, er, let me think.
Oh yes. It was the last time this country indulged itself in socialist central planning.
The quote, of course, comes from a recent assessment of the state of Zimbabwe, once known as the "breadbasket of Africa". No more, it seems.
Households in Zimbabwe are to be limited to four hours power supply a day in the latest setback to hit the country's struggling economy.
The measure, meaning electricity will only be available in homes between 1700 and 2100 local time, is likely to come into force immediately.
The move is designed to support the country's wheat farmers who need power to irrigate their crops.
Rampant inflation has led to widespread shortages of fuel and food.
The monthly rate of inflation rose to 2,200% in March, the highest in the world.
Fucking hellski, what a mess. Although, whilst researching hyperinflation to see if Zimbabwe's inflation was the higher than that under the German Weimar Republic, I was dumbfounded to find that it's not even close.
Here's a couple of choice examples. [Emphasis mine.]
Greece went through its worst inflation in 1944... The overall impact of hyperinflation: 1 (1953) drachma = 50,000,000,000,000 pre 1944 drachmai. The Greek inflation rate reached 8.5 billion percent.
Hungary went through the worst inflation in modern history in 1945-46... The rate of inflation was 4.19 quintillion percent. A special currency the adópengő - or tax pengő - was created for tax and postal payments . The value of the adópengő was adjusted each day, by radio announcement. On January 1, 1946 one adópengő equaled one pengő. By late July, one adópengő equaled 2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 or 2×1021pengő.
Truly staggering; these kind of figures dwarf Zimbabwe's, still shocking, inflation figures in the same way that Zimbabwe's inflation dwarfs anything that we have had in Britain (as far as I am aware).
Anyway, back to the Beeb.
Critics accuse President Robert Mugabe of presiding over the destruction of the country's economy and society in an effort to hold onto power.
But the government says Zimbabwe's economic problems are primarily due to foreign sanctions.
But the foreign sanctions are in place because of Mugabe's refusal to let go of power; I'm afraid that, even were the current problems not almost entirely of Mugabe's making anyway, he would still be responsible.
Power cuts have become a regular occurrence in Zimbabwe, where a shortage of foreign currency has prevented investment in the country's creaking infrastructure.
Key industries such as mining have been affected, putting further strain on the economy.
Earlier in the article, Zimbabwe is described as having a "struggling economy"; is it just me, or is that a strong contender for Understatement of the Year?
* I fear not.