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Blairism lives

Or, perhaps, is undead, and only in France, where Jean-Marie Bockel has formed the Blairist Gauche Moderne (Modern Left). I will resist the temptation to comment on a party name that makes one a hostage to fortune, still less on the modernity or otherwise of the Left.

In a manifesto that verges on plagiarism, Bockel's party "supports the demand for pragmatic policies, attentive to results, that works and answer social demands".

In the grand old tradition of French political parties generally being projections of one man's ego, Bockel is not exactly fighting of deputies with a stick, but is claiming 680 members. A former Fabius spokeswoman seems to have seen the light, which is a bit like the Vicar of Bray like conversions of certain MPs in these parts.

Much, much more at Libé, for those interested.

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