HAVANA TIMES, Jan. 31 — An extensive feature article appears in the UK’s Daily Mail online on Sunday written by Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol about her recent bicycle tour of Cuba.
The article starts out with Thatcher’s dilemma about buying some shoelaces in shortage prone Cuba and goes on to recount her trip that included the Varadero Beach Resort, the far western rural community of Viñales and Havana the capital.
“I decided to take a cycling tour around Cuba to enjoy a sort of twisted nostalgia. It is more than 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event precipitated by my mother Margaret Thatcher’s famous meeting with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1984…
“Washington has achieved the opposite of its intention. Rather than starve Cuba into submission, the unrelenting trade embargo has sustained the communist regime’s grip on power. Resistance has been a matter of national pride. Cubans may have no shoelaces, but that doesn’t mean they can’t stand up to Washington.”