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Sarko sticks it to La Gauche

From Le Monde, my translation:

"I want to turn the page on May 1968".

"Between Jules Ferry (1) and May '68 (2), the Left chose May '68...It has preached welfarism, egalitarianism, a levelling down and the 35 hour week. It has turned its back on the ordinary working people of this country".

And why doesn't he like the Soixante Huitards?:

"Their intellectual and moral relativism. [suggesting] There is no difference between good and evil, beautiful and ugly, true and false and that Jack's as good as his master".

Good stuff. However, the track record of politicians appealing to the 'silent majority' (yes, he did - 'la majorité silencieuse') is not very encouraging.

And elsewhere, Le Figaro notes that at the same rally Michèle Alliot-Marie (the defence minister) accused Ségolène Royal of 'changing her convictions as often as she changes her outfits'. Catty, Michèle, very catty.


1 - More at the usual place, but Ferry was the father of French state education, and a contemporary of Gladstone and Disraeli.

2 - There is no real equivalent to the iconography of May '68 for we British types, but think general strike meets counter culture etc etc. Some nifty slogans though 'Be realistic - demand the impossible' and 'Beneath the paving slabs, the beach!'



Cross-posted to TAB in a slightly different form

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Anonymous Tom Paine said... 8:25 am

But be fair, the 68'ers gave us my favourite political slogan "Il est interdit d'interdire!"

The left have always been better sloganisers. Give 'em power, however, and the moral certitude that generates the slogans leads inevitably to the exercise of unbridled power and the corruption that flows therefrom.  



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