Health Warning: Expletives Undeleted

GrosMotsGate It’s regrettable. But there really is, O Best Beloved, no alternative. This particular challenge to sense and sensibility cannot be gone over, under or around. Indeed, we’ve got to go through it. Once again, it’s necessary to inflict upon readers of a delicate disposition certain gros mots (definitively not large, big or even heavy words). In the High and Far-Off Times, O Best Beloved (Day 70 … Continue reading Health Warning: Expletives Undeleted

It’s the same the whole world over: It’s the poor what gets the blame. It’s the rich what gets the pleasure; Ain’t it all a bloomin’ shame. (Street ballad. Anon.)

The pleasuring of the rich: flaunt your yachts, private jets and gold ingots. Continue reading It’s the same the whole world over: It’s the poor what gets the blame. It’s the rich what gets the pleasure; Ain’t it all a bloomin’ shame. (Street ballad. Anon.)

The President ‘has to get some tangible results, particularly regarding jobs, for the French to regain confidence. His problem is it’ll take time, and people are impatient’. (Collomb, Le Monde)

Sunday, Bloody Sunday. Last Sunday actually started rather well for President Macron. Continue reading The President ‘has to get some tangible results, particularly regarding jobs, for the French to regain confidence. His problem is it’ll take time, and people are impatient’. (Collomb, Le Monde)

Will Macron be the Third Man of the social-liberal left, after Schroder and Blair? (Bezat, Le Monde) Will Macron become France’s Thatcher? (Mortimer, The Spectator)

A man who never saw himself as Jupiter speaks … and speaks … and speaks … Continue reading Will Macron be the Third Man of the social-liberal left, after Schroder and Blair? (Bezat, Le Monde) Will Macron become France’s Thatcher? (Mortimer, The Spectator)

‘I am monarch of all I survey’

Who’s the daddy? (pt 1) Not the Prime Minister. He erroneously thought – following the possibly-rather-worse-than-expected news about the state of the Government’s finances – that it made sense to delay the cuts in the (national) wealth and (local) property taxes. The Man Who Is Really In Charge thundered to the weak-kneed PM: ‘I have decided that we will not wait’. He made clear, beyond … Continue reading ‘I am monarch of all I survey’

‘You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose’ (Gov. Mario Cuomo). So this is where The Prose beginneth.

‘In the French political system, it’s the figure of the King which is absent: I fundamentally believe that the French people didn’t want him dead.’ (E Macron, July 2015) Continue reading ‘You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose’ (Gov. Mario Cuomo). So this is where The Prose beginneth.