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Survey o' the day

From France, naturally.

Asked about the future of the French Left, some 54% of Gauls would like a grand merger of all the left wing parties - Socialists, Greens, Communists and the two lots of Trots just for starters. While I suspect this is owed to a desire for the Left to win an election some time this century as the divsions in the Left continue to serve Sarko, it is fair to say that it is not going to happen, any more than our own dear Labour party would merge with Respect, the SWP, SPGB, CPGB (and all the rest of the far Left's alphabet soup), Greens etc etc.

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Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:47 pm

Wouldn't make much difference if they did. Labour's share of the vote might rise from 15% to...oh...16%.

Brian, follower of Deornoth  

Blogger Shasha Khan said... 9:58 pm


Shows that in Croydon Greens are the fastest growing party.  

Blogger James Higham said... 11:29 am

They might merge but they'd be at each other's throats.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:44 am

Brian - Yup, I make you right there.

Shasha - Possibly, but from a very low base.

James - And hilarity would ensue....  

Blogger Letters From A Tory said... 9:11 am

The Greens in the UK went from two leaders to one leader because they saw the potential benefits, don't forget.  

Blogger Blue Eyes said... 1:15 pm

The French Right managed it, though. It was not long ago that people were saying that Right could not win because there were too many splinter groups, then Chirac came up with the grand idea of forming a new party. Didn't he even call it "Party for a Presidential Majority"?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:42 pm

BE - Good point. It is now - with extreme lameness - called the Union for a Popular Movement. Doesn't that just make your heart beat triple time?

Wiki has a breakdown of 12 factions, of which four are associate parties. As French parties tend to be the projections of individual egos rather than anything very ideological, I would think it easier to bring them together than Socialists, Greens and Trots. Also, the history of 'popular fronts' has not been an entirely happy one for the non-insurrectionist left.  

Blogger Blue Eyes said... 2:00 pm

Having said that, the French Right are pretty left-wing by our standards.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:09 pm

True, although I have some residual faith in Sarko. He's the first Gaullist leader since CdG with couilles.

The bright shining hope of all things right in France is Sabine Herold of Alternative Liberal, a classic liberal / libertarian and all round good egg. Just under 3000 votes out of 2.8 m in Greater Paris last week, alas....  

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