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More matters French

A mayor of a small village in the Calvados departément has come up with a practical, if somewhat ethically suspect solution, as to which presidential candidate he will be godfathering - this being the rather troublesome French system whereby would be candidates have to have papers signed by 500 elected officials.

Having been pursued by Le Pen's lot, the Trots, the Communists and Bové for his signature, André Garrec has decided to auction his signature, with the proceeds going to his commune. If it turns out to be illegal, there will be no cheque, so he thinks he is safe to persevere with this approach.

The mayor regards the system of godfathering "fairly absurd", and I agree. Perhaps this will serve as an encouragement to do away with a system that necessarily militates against new parties and by entrenching established parties is, I think, profoundly undemocratic.

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Blogger Arthurian Legend said... 1:13 pm

I know from, ahem, personal experience, that it can be a bit tricky getting just ten valid signatures (at least, it is when you're partially reliant on Islington Council maintaining accurate records of exactly which voters live where...)  



Blogger The Hitch said... 3:45 pm

just do as the pakis do and forge the signatures  



Blogger james higham said... 4:42 pm

Just beyond a joke, this.  



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