“No reason to get excited, ”
The thief – he kindly spoke,
“There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I we’ve been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
The hour’s getting late.”
Trop c’est trop ?
Whether it’s toothache, a trading position or politics there comes a point when enough is enough and action has to be taken, and so you go to the dentist, cut your position or vote for a drastic alternative. The degree of pain that a country can take is the sum of its population’s tolerance and when this reaches breaking point profoundly different politicians offering palliative solutions are elected.
By the late 1970’s Britain was a country showing serious signs of decay and social unrest and perceived by many as being run by all powerful trade unions. The winter of 1978/1979, remembered as the ‘winter of discontent’, due to the number of strikes, was the final straw PM Jim Callaghan’s government. The Government lost a vote of no confidence and was forced into an election which it failed to win. The country had had enough and felt the need to turn to the hard right policies of Margaret Thatcher.
The 1997 election of New Labour centrist Tony Blair was as much a reaction to the harsh years of Margaret Thatcher’s reform as it was to the sleaze and scandal of John Major’s administration. By the mid-1990s every single banana skin that a government could attract littered Downing Street and Conservative MPs and Ministers duly obliged by consistently slipping up. During the later years of that administration Tony Blair slowly moved the Labour party towards the right and in doing so gathered much of the centre ground and having done so won a landslide majority. The appeal of something completely different to a disaffected and desperate country was neatly summed up by Blair himself after that election when he pompously said ‘A new dawn has broken, has it not?’
Is France ready to leap forward and chose a really radical candidate for their next President? For centuries before the revolution in 1793, it appears that political leaders in France were chosen on the basis of who had the curliest hair in many ways this was as good as any method! Since the revolution, more particularly since the last war the French establishment has maintained political control. This has led to a moribund country and rise of the present two candidates for the presidency both presented as “outsiders”. Despite Macron presenting himself as the radical candidate he is a fully paid up member of the Kleptocracy and for France to embrace real change they will need to plump for Marine Le Pen