Chavez – the debate continues
• Whether you think Hugo Chavez has done much for his fellow countrymen depends on what you read and what you believe.
The Western media has generally been anti-Chavez as is Jon Murphy (Irish Independent, March 9) – so no matter what he did he was damned.
Renationalising the oil industry was just a case of swapping who gets the profits – the elite/foreign companies or the poor. As regards Mr Murphy's statement regarding food shortages, this is not supported by the UN report – "in times when we have food prices soaring and people dying of starvation, Venezuela has noticeably reduced the rate of malnourishment".