In a country far far away...
There is no doubting public enemy number one in Nicaragua - it's Union Fenosa
Even coming in late on the issue, as I did, you quickly learn the gripes and feel the wrath.
In short it's a microcosm of third world meets neoliberalism. It goes, as I understand it, something like this. As is their way, the World Bank pressures Nica into privatising their electricity.
Union Fenosa gets the gig. Prices go up, service levels go down. The lights regularly go out.
People start stealing the electricity and there isn't much of a will to deal with the thieves when UF aren't exactly everyone's favourite folks. If that makes sense, then get you head around the info below, from here:
"In an example of the pressure the Ortega government will face against its "aspirations of independence” and rejection of neoliberal policies, the World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has sent a bill for US$55 million to recover the money it recently paid to Union Fenosa, the Spanish company which bought Nicaragua's electricity distribution grid when the World Bank forced Nicaragua to privatize the state-owned electric company in the 1990s. Union Fenosa took out an insurance policy with MIGA in 2004 to protect its investment in Nicaragua. Union Fenosa made a claim for US$55 million last year, the amount it claims to have lost over three years."
Good luck trying to figure that one out. Better still just watch the film above. My Spanish is still Manuel-level but my guess is the story line is that Union Fenosa, sick of having their leccy ripped off, turn to Darth Vader to take on the thieves.
Watch to the end because just before the leccy-robbers get their comeuppance the power, in true Union Fenosa style, goes out on Darth's light sabre.
Proof that the Nica machete is more than a match for the Force's light sabre.