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Ahmadinejad: Let them eat potatoes…

May 28, 2009

I smell desperation. Ajad the Toxic Troll is trying to buy votes with potatoes. Yep you read that right.



[…]The Iranian government is handing out 400,000 tons of free spuds in rural towns. It says that it is merely distributing the surplus from a bumper crop, but Ahmadinejad’s opponents accuse it of bribing the poor. “Death to potatoes,” they chant at rallies.

The spat is instructive. To much of the world, the election is about the nuclear ambitions of a pariah state. To most Iranians, the economy is the main issue. Ahmadinejad’s rivals are savaging the record of a president who took office promising to give all Iranians a share of the oil wealth.

Iran has enjoyed revenues in excess of $300 billion, but the poor are worse off than before. By spending those revenues as if there were no tomorrow he has sent inflation, rents and property prices spiralling upwards while failing to tackle rampant unemployment.


An upset is not impossible, however. Mousavi, 67, is a popular former Prime Minister remembered for steering Iran through the turmoil of its war with Iraq. He advocates economic liberalisation and greater social freedoms, and his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, is breaking with tradition by publicly campaigning with him. He is chasing the urban and youth vote in a country where three quarters of the 70 million people are under 30.

I so hope Ajad loses the election I will laugh so damn hard I may pass out.


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