… of gilets jaunes, President Macron, of pensions and of … [For rhyming purposes, the letter ‘o’ in Macron should have a straight line over it to indicate the long ‘o’. But no amount of playing with the Alt key and helpful sets of numbers produced anything like a line over the ‘o’ … and certainly not what I now know to be the ‘macron … Continue reading The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things …
They had travelled 180km from their primary school to see a Regional Council meeting. Intended to help children think about democracy. What they saw was racism and bigotry. Continue reading The last of déjà vu: Secularism Wars (again)
With the mercury soaring into never-ever-has-it-been-so-hot territory, France has slumped into a premature summer-break torpor. Continue reading Dog Day Afternoons (not forgetting mornings, evenings and nights)
The initial reaction of misguided Républicains party leader, Wauquiez, was to describe the result as ‘not meeting the expectations raised by their campaign’. After all, expectations must surely have been relatively high for a party list led by a Eurosceptic Catholic philosophy teacher whose previous campaigns were largely confined to opposition to same-sex marriage. Continue reading Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
Over France as a whole, Le Pen’s party finished first in 24,869 communes of a total of 34,921 communes. That’s 71%! Pause for worried reflection. Continue reading Small French Euro-Election earthquake. Several hurt (some profoundly). Few winners. An awful lot of losers.
‘The bitch that bore him is in heat again’ or ‘Le ventre est encore fécond d’où a surgi la bête immonde.’ (Brecht, ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’) Continue reading ‘The bitch that bore him is in heat again’ or ‘Le ventre est encore fécond d’où a surgi la bête immonde.’ (Brecht, ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’)
He has now shown himself as an unpleasant bullyboy and blowhard Continue reading Furiously pompous man goes ballistic. No-one seriously hurt (only himself).
99 Macronite Deputies found better things to do late that Sunday night than vote for their own Government … A perhaps simpler explanation was offered by Martine Wonner (LRM Deputy, Bas-Rhin): ‘Certain people suddenly had to go for a pee’. Continue reading More and more ‘Reform’
‘Breaking a McDonald’s window is not a revolutionary act’ (Mélenchon) Continue reading 7 May 2018: one year down, four to go