Today’s lesson in irony IV

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez should take up standup comedy. From the BBC

Venezuela has expelled a Spanish deputy of the European parliament, over reports that he called President Hugo Chavez a dictator.

Luis Herrero had also criticised a decision to keep polling stations open two hours longer than normal in a referendum to be held on Sunday.

The referendum is on a proposal to remove all term limits on elected officials, including Mr Chavez.

Mr Herrero had been invited to observe the vote by an opposition party.

The Spanish deputy, who represents the conservative Popular Party, was put on a commercial flight to Brazil late on Friday, Venezuelan officials said.

Earlier, in comments to journalists, he had invited Venezuelans to vote freely.

“They should never be carried away when they vote by the fear that a dictator tries to impose in a premeditated way,” AFP news agency quoted him as saying.

Dr. Taylor at Poliblog gets it exactly right-

Someone needs to tell Chávez that tossing a guy out for calling you dictator isn’t a very good way of rebutting his description.

But would Chavez listen? He’s a dictator, the only person Chavez need to listen to is himself. God help the people of Venezuela.

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