Wednesday, April 25, 2007

SARKOZY: Leopard with the Same Spots!

The result of the first round of the French Presidential election showed right-wing candidate Nicolas Sarkozy (UMP) in the lead with 31.18% and the Socialist Ségoléne Royal with 25.87%. The remarkable turnout, 82.58% showed that the French were extremely interested in exercising their democratic rights and were seeking definite political leadership and concrete political positions from the candidates. Whether they are getting that is another question. It is a matter of supreme importance what happens in France, lynchpin of the European Union and one of the world’s great democracies and a country with world-wide influence and strong international presence. It is extremely gratifying that the neo-fascist and disgraceful National Front of Jean- Marie Le Pen was trounced at the ballot box, attaining only 10.44% having come second in the previous election.

There is an uphill battle now for the Socialists to garner enough votes from the smaller left, amounting to about 9% overall, and the centrists 25%, to beat the right-wing Sarkozy which, hopefully they will do. The Socialist error in presenting Mdme. Royal as some sort of Blairite “reformer” at the beginning of the campaign with an appeal directed at the centre, and then having to re-engage with the left as this tactic failed, badly affected the momentum of the Socialist campaign and allowed Sarkozy to gain the front position with a lot of smart-a$$ spin-doctoring and false flag political posturing.

A Sarknozy win would be a disaster for France and the EU. His maverick style of poltics on-the-hoof with reactionary, intemperate statements on current events would make him the Boris Yeltsin (the just-deceased former first President of post-Soviet Russia) of Western Europe. Sarknozy is a wrecker without a defined programme, a demolition man of gung-ho Yankee Doodle Capitalism, alien to France and the majority of Europe. It’s only a few months ago since he was in Washyertongue licking Buckfush’s boots. Now, the Sarknozy gang of hangers on and would-be king-makers might think that, given the initial success of Thatcher in Britain, they might have a chance of doing the same thing in France. NOT! The French are not squeamish about taking to the streets as their historic tradition of the Great French Revolution and the Paris Commune shows. The French Trade Unions are stronger and better organised than their British counterparts ever were. If Sarknozy and the Right-Wing are looking for a fight in the centre of Europe then they are going to get it! Sarknozy may get temporary residence in the Élyseé Palace but that will be the extent of his mini-empire. If he tries to implement neo-liberal piss-enomics in France he will end up as the lonely man in his Palace, unable to go in the street for fear of the people.

Sarknozy’s style, consisting of loud-mouth slogans attacking organised workers and also immigrant groups, although of immigrant origins himself, plays to the gallery of the right in France and in 2005 resulted in serious rioting in inner city ghettos throughout France, shows the irresponsibility and recklessness of this parasite who, lacking any creative talent or vision, stayed in the bureaucracy all of his life and is now seeking power on the basis of regurgitated Thatcherite vomit and discredited Buckfush claptrap unrelated to the real problems of the French economy. Sarknozy has chosen to act as merely Trojan Horse to further infiltration of the European economy by American monopolies desperate to extend their empire in the face of competition from China. The American monopolies have been pushing for years for “liberalisation” and opening markets in the EU such as allowing privatisations of state education systems and public water supplies. A Sarknozy presidency would increase the pressure in the EU Commission, already well-stacked with pro-monopoly careerists, to open the flood gates to further American monopoly penetration of the EU. The standard Sarknozy rhetoric corresponds exactly with their own.

A Sarknozy presidency would diminish France, as Blairschmuck has diminished Britain, by acting as another Buckfush poodle in Europe. Two Buckfush poodles in Europe is 2 too many! Anyway, the calamitous Buckfush regime is floundering in reams of corruption at home and total military disaster in Iraq and Afghanistan and will be dismissed by the American people in 2008. So, Sarknozy is jumping on a wagon with the wheels falling off and will be left stranded within a year even if he does get to the Élyseé.

Hopefully, next Sunday, the socialist vote will consolidate and this right-wing barking dog will be sent scurrying back to its kennels.

Vive La France Revolutionaire! Vive La Gauche!

FearFeasa Mac Léinn
Áth Cliath/Dublin, 25 Aibreán/April 2007.

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