Am I all right?
The news last night and this morning was full of excitement about the French election.
I assume from the amount of coverage that I should be excited about this? I can’t for the life of me see why. Who the French elect is their business and unless the new incumbent were to ban all travel from Ireland then I can only wonder why I should give a flying fuck.
However the elections have once more got me scratching my poor over-scratched head. On one side there is Emmanuel Macron and on the other there is Marine Le Pen From The Far Right. Why did every news reporter keep describing her as “From The Far Right”? Macron wasn’t ascribed any description or direction – Far Left, Left, Center, Up or Down – why not? By the tone of the reporting “From The Far Right” is some kind of curse, so it was like they were referring to Marine Le Pen The Cunt. So much for impartial reporting?
I looked up “far right” but that wasn’t much help –
Far-right politics, also referred to as the extreme right or right-wing extremism, are politics further on the right of the left–right political spectrum than the standard political right, particularly in terms of being authoritarian, ultranationalist, and having nativist ideologies and tendenciesWikipedia
So Far Right is further Right than Right? Is that right? And what lies beyond that? It can’t be Extreme Right as that is apparently the same as Far Right. Ultra Right? I can understand that Right isn’t Left as that would make driving very dangerous particularly with a SatNav.
I don’t know where the “authoritarian” bit fits in. Is this the Nanny State? And surely “ultranationalist, and having nativist ideologies” just means looking after the nation and its natives?
Anyhows, our mob seem to be delighted that Macron won.
That is real cause for concern.
I’d noticed that as well. The BBC, independent radio stations, they all added the ‘far right’ tag whenever they mentioned Marine Le Pen but gave no indication at all as to Macron”s political stance. Why do I never hear of anyone being described as ‘far left’ on the news?
All the television news and newspapers here were on the Far Right kick as well. It was almost as if Le Pen had changed her name by deed-poll. Weird.
I remember the good old days when Left meant a leaning to Communism while Right meant Conservatism.
The ‘far right’ tag irritates me. It’s not a description because many of her policies are surprisingly socialist, rather it is a veiled dog-whistle insult because she wants to close off immigration and all the news outlets are signed up to leftist open borders. I’m sure they would much prefer to use the word ‘racist’ but she has a better ethnic spread of people in her party than Macron does so would be open to slander. Incidentally Macron is sometimes described as ‘centrist’.
It is a circle.
Once you are way beyond extreme ultra far right you pass through National Socialism, Communism, a very short stretch, almost paper thin, of ultra extreme far left, extreme left, far left, left, and then back into a great long stretch of centrist.
Liberals sort of hover above this oscillating either side of extreme centrist.
Fascists can be anywhere on this great circle depending on who is talking.
Fascists really only believe in tying sticks together into bundles. A form of OCD. But nobody mentions this for fear (geddit?) of being labelled a fascophobic.
According to Macron, he will be a President for all the French. So, WTF has been doing for the past 5 years? It appears that the French want things to be better. So why do they keep voting for the same old?
There’s a screen grab from French TV doing the rounds – it shows Le Pen in the lead shortly before the numbers suddenly dropped. A carbon copy of the vote rigging which occurred in the US…
I’m with you Dave, that election was rigged, I don’t care what anybody says.
One good thing about paying through the nose for everything is that the longer it keeps up, the farther and faster Sleepy Joe’s numbers fall.
I’m looking for Joe to be declared incompetent, Camalla will take over and Hillary will be screaming at Nancy “It’s my turn!”
Politics in the U.S.A. anymore is like watching an episode of “Saturday Night Live”.
There’s also alt-right.
I won’t link to the Wikipedia page… one of the longest I’ve ever read, I think.
Well, scanned through. Tldr;
“Are you all right?”
“No, I’m half left.”
I’ve always considered myself a ‘far-I really don’t give a flying f**k’ type of guy. One politician is pretty much the same as another as far as I’m concerned. Politics, as far as I’m concerned, just gets in the way of actually getting stuff done.