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
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.)
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)
Out on the Streets … it was Day of Action N° 1 Continue reading We swanned through the first half of September. But it’s a month of two halves.
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)
The post-summer-holidays return-to-crashing-reality Rentrée (‘The Return’) is described by Le Monde as ‘perilous’ with the President’s popularity having ‘sunk dangerously’. Continue reading Back to school. Back to work. But, for some, it’s backs to the wall.
‘Europe is not a supermarket’ (President Macron) Continue reading What about the workers?
Is this man … the seriously europhile, economic liberal previously (self-)portrayed, or a somewhat more traditional French politician? Continue reading Un Macron peut en cacher un autre
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’
‘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.