The Urban(e) President Went To … The Country Emmanuel Macron’s self-described itinérance mémorielle (‘roaming remembrance’) finally reached its apotheosis yesterday, 11 September. But, as endless commentators quipped (variously plagiarised by l’Obs, MSN, BFMTV, FranceInfo, Huffington Post, La Dépêche du Nord, 20 Minutes, Le Parisien etc etc) Macron’s itinérance mémorielle was transformed into his chemin de croix [a painful, difficult journey – from the Catholic devotional act commemorating Christ’s Passion on the Via Crucis]. … Continue reading Even Remembrance is problematic
Pugnacious, gun-toting, semi-rags to semi-riches … it’s The Bodyguard Continue reading One of the President’s (ex-)Men
He has now shown himself as an unpleasant bullyboy and blowhard Continue reading Furiously pompous man goes ballistic. No-one seriously hurt (only himself).
THE VERY WEALTHIEST 1% WILL WALLOW IN MUCH INCREASED DISPOSABLE INCOME FROM WEALTH TAX ABOLITION. THEIR DISPOSABLE INCOME INCREASES BY SIX PER CENT Continue reading And this year’s lucky winners are … THE HYPER-RICH [and it’s true next year too]
The President’s ‘catastrophic and interminable Rentrée’ just goes on week after week and he’s ‘weaker than ever’ (Le Monde) Continue reading Crisis? What crisis?
There’d be a no-holds-barred reflection on how to tax inheritance, so as to fight against ‘increasing inequalities due to birth’. But it took just 72 hours for the Elysée to comment: oh no there won’t. ‘The President has formally excluded any change to inheritance rights during his term of office’. For any myopic who failed to see what was written clearly on the wall, the President was quoted as saying: ‘Stop messing with the pensioners … We’re not touching inheritance taxes as long as I’m here’. Continue reading Create a phrase using these words: Sinking/Leave/Ship/Rats?
You wait ages to see one of Macron’s long-forgotten ‘neo-social democratic’ initiatives. And then along come two and a half, with perhaps a hint of yet another. Continue reading Left hand down a bit (but not too much)
The personal is political … sometimes it’s even a bit fiscal The sudden resignation of environmental rock-star and TV pundit Nicolas Hulot – from his all-too-impotent role as France’s Environment Minister – was, said President Macron (in a largely unsuccessful attempt to downplay the significance of Hulot’s departure) a ‘personal decision’ which he ‘respected’. Less than a week later, but hours before the consequent reshuffle … Continue reading Micro-reshuffle. No-one hurt.
Is this the way a second term will be won? Continue reading Stuff happens (again and again and again)
Bliss was it in those moments to be alive. But. After the Lord Mayor’s Show, comes the shit-cart. Continue reading It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up