Day 73 – Two down … several still to go

Bayrou said he’d tell the waiting world his decision 2 months before the Election. So it came to pass that The No-Go Announcement was handed down at 16:45 on Day 75 (ie 2 months and 1 day before Round 1)… And at 18:12 (significant time that?) Macron said ‘Je l’accepte’. Continue reading Day 73 – Two down … several still to go

Day 97 – Complaints … and a self-serving whine of pathetic self-justification.

Complaints, I’ve had a few; But then again, too few to mention. [Still. A couple of non-FAQs deserve a response.] Dramatis personae Why such a long cast-list? It’s a consequence of a Presidential system in a near-endlessly changing political Party system with constant changes of name, and sometimes politics too. Name-changing is by no means confined to far left groupuscules. The centre-right traditional ‘Gaullist’ conservative “Les … Continue reading Day 97 – Complaints … and a self-serving whine of pathetic self-justification.

Day 98 – Macron and An Overview

Emmanuel Macron A thoughtful left critique as well as this report  are both good reads for a real flavour of this so-unconventional candidate. Macron has defied every possible rule of French traditional politics. He is still under 40. He has created a Party which will advertise online for people to stand as MPs in June’s Parliamentary Elections. It’s centrist ‘Third Way’ Clinton/Blair/Schroder economics decades on. Vigorously … Continue reading Day 98 – Macron and An Overview

Day 99 (pt 2) – Direct from the Polling Station

Not especially valuable news (now nearly stone cold) from the Polling Booth. A Socialist Primary voter tells me that the ‘crowds’ waiting to vote were not dissimilar to those who turned out last Sunday. This despite the much milder weather. So, at at mid-morning in this very Républicains town, the idea of a massive Valls vote to help shore up Fillon’s position has not caught … Continue reading Day 99 (pt 2) – Direct from the Polling Station