‘The Army should run the country’. One in seven believe that would be Good. Only half those questioned think military rule is Very Bad. While 6% are Don’t Knows. Really? Can anyone not have an opinion? Continue reading Sure. It takes all sorts. But some of this is dispiriting
First Things First – 40 TODAY The Right – direction of travel … rightwards Seriously Hard Man of The Right, Laurent Wauquiez, has been overwhelmingly (and predictably) elected by the ever-dwindling membership of France’s conservative party (aka Les Républicains in its most recent manifestation) and so become its President. Wauquiez picked up 75% of the votes, with over half the Party membership abstaining. Wauquiez intends … Continue reading Some (light) reading for the festive season
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.)
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.
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
‘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.
The President unveiled on Twitter (where else?) his official portrait … He’s half-sitting, half-standing. He’s indoors, but not far from outdoors. Continue reading Will this ‘special relationship’ have more accents?
Elections? What elections? Continue reading King of the Gods? King of the French?
In the juridico-political jungle biggish beasts are being stirred (and possibly shaken). Continue reading Have still more of them been ‘at it’?