So, old Fidel Castro has stood down as President of Cuba after 49 years. Ever since 1959, he has been the ultimate revolutionary. Yet, isn’t it ironic that, since that date, there has been no revolution in politics in Cuba?
So much for revolutionary. More like power hunger to me. But he did provide quite a bit of entertainment. With communists close to the shore of America, the odd missile crisis, invasion and threats of exploding cigars, he did more than anyone else to make the CIA look more like the Keystone Cops.
But of most interest in his retirement was media reportage. I particularly liked the UK’s TV news. BBC News (left wing) had a journalist in Cuba openly reporting and asking questions. ITN (right wing) had theirs skulking in the shadows, evading the secret police and clandestinely interviewing people at their risk.
© Anthony North, February 2008