Daily Archives: May 12, 2011

Gideon Rachman

Far be it for me to intervene in the Peruvian presidential election. But if I were one of the candidates, I’d definitely promise to get rid of the nasty fishy smell that hovers over Lima. If a person smelled like that, they would go to the doctor. With the Peruvian capital city, the best option might be to close the city’s fish-meal factories – or, at least, prevent them from drying their produce in the open-air. I’m told by long-time residents of the city that the prevaling winds normally send the fish smell over the shanty towns that surround the city, rather than over the posh business district, as in recent days. Still, people living in informal settlements can also smell and vote. Read more

Gideon Rachman

The Peruvian presidential race is one of the most peculiar elections I have come across. Respectable opinion here in Lima seems to despair of both candidates. Ollanta Humala is widely regarded as a left-wing lunatic; his opponent, Keiko Fujimori, is widely regarded as a right-wing lunatic. Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru’s Nobel Prize-winning novelist, has compared the run-off between the two (the final vote is on June 5th) as like choosing between “cancer and Aids.” Read more