Act III of the tragedy, hard to see its farcical side, played out on 1 December with some of the most aggressive displays of nihilistic anger ever seen on Paris streets. Continue reading ‘History repeats … first as tragedy then as farce’ (Marx – ’18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon’)
Anger about fuel prices segued effortlessly into taxes, the cost of living and the rigours of daily life outside France’s largest cities. Continue reading ‘They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims.’ (J Conrad ‘Under Western Eyes’)
The gilets jaunes movement was boosted by the likes of Mme Mouraud, 51-year-old Breton mother of three. She’s had 6.1 million views of what she calls her Facebook ‘rant’. It’s not the Two Minutes Hate. More Four Minutes of Suppressed Anger. Continue reading Look Back (and forward) In Anger
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)