‘For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.’ T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding

When he’s the go-getting entrepreneur, he urges his supporters to be disruptifs, speaks of building une ‘start up nation’ while saying that ‘la démocratie est le système le plus bottom up de la terre’. Down with the entrepreneurial kids all right. Continue reading ‘For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.’ T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding

Act VIII: tragical [certainly] – comical [no, not funny] – historical [Mélenchon thinks so] – pastoral [where it started not so long ago]

Musical intro. A jaunty ditty to get this blog’s 2019 up-and-jumpin’. Watching Kopp Johnson’s modern Ode to Joy (aka Macron’s Resignation) will doubtless help you share the Joy felt by over 16 million Continue reading Act VIII: tragical [certainly] – comical [no, not funny] – historical [Mélenchon thinks so] – pastoral [where it started not so long ago]

Round round go around, we go around. Go around round round, we go around.

‘The majority of people live in this ‘Peripheral’ France, invisible and forgotten. In these areas a counter-society is beginning to form, from the bottom up. It’s slowly breaking away from the politics and culture of yesterday’s France’ (Guilluy) Continue reading Round round go around, we go around. Go around round round, we go around.

Even Remembrance is problematic

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