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Wednesday April 25 2007

I like being on Doughty Street TV because it gets me out of the house, and because I am in favour of biased TV whatever the bias.  And although politically I am deep into a quietist phase just now (i.e. not managing to write anything at all for Samizdata), occasionally politics gets interesting to me, and on DSTV I sometimes hear about these moments.

Last time I was on, for instance, Iain Dale showed two party political broadcasts, by Labour and by the Conservatives, and that was quite interesting.  The Labour one was the embodiment of the claim that despite having been the Government for a decade, the Labour Government now has nothing to boast about.  It contained no boasting!  All it said was: what do you think we should do?  Ridiculous.  They ought to be saying: remember this, we’ve now fixed it!  Remember that? Terrible wasn’t it?  Fixed also!  Now look at this, we’ll fix this too!  Hurrah for us!  Don’t vote for those other pillocks they won’t fix anything!  But our present Government can’t say any of that because they haven’t fixed anything.  They’re the pillocks now.  The Conservative advert was diabolically clever and slick and vapid, which is all you can ask for from an opposition.  The pitch: we know how to make clever and slick and vapid PPBs, maybe we’d be good at being the Government too.  Worth a try, don’t you reckon?  Better than those other pillocks!

And now there’s this French presidential election happening, which everyone says Sarkozy will win.  A few weeks ago on DSTV, Segolene Royal was mentioned.  What a waste of space.  She had done one of these consultation exercises where she asked a huge bunch of mediocrities what they all wanted, and then, in the form of a Big Speech to the Nation, she read out what everyone had said.

I occasionally visit France, and the thing that has astounded me most was the discussions they have on the radio, at breakfast time.  Lots of words ending in “-isation”.  (French pronunciation: “ease ass eon”.) What we need, say a succession of parasite windbags, is this-isation and that-isation, blah blah, shrug shrug.  I can’t follow all the words but I get the picture.  We need an ongoing process of ongoing-process-isation.  What should we do about Youth Unemployment?  We need more bollocks-isation.  This is what Segolene Royal stands for.  More Segolene-Royal-isation, i.e. continuing incomes for parasites (especially parasite windbags) and no chances at all for anyone who really wants to work unless they bugger off to England, God help them.  Royal wants France to be even more -isation-ised than it is already.  She wants, you might say if you can manage to, an ongoing process of -isation-isation.

Which is why, of all the pro-Sarko bits of internet-accessible writing I have just looked at, this is the one I like the best:

France’s citizens appear to be displaying recognition of and trust in a leader whose words do not sound wooden or hollow, a potential president who does not talk in vague approximations and abstractions as if he were some sort of spirit from the beyond.

No -isationisation from Sarko!  Finally, a President of France who is prepared to tell it like it is in clear, plain English.

The same guy continues:

One of the good things about Sarkozy is that he is not only indifferent to whether certain people will object to his ideas and actions, he actually prefers to alienate some individuals, chiefly those who are likely to lose the privileges they have become accustomed to. Sarkozy appears to be a politician who is not afraid of a potential clash, verbal or literal, someone who says and does what he believes, someone who seeks to extricate politics from the sterilized, aristocratic style of management that dominates it and return it to its proper role.

Talking of alienating certain people, France’s ethnic minorities who new stew and rage in the “banlieus”, whatever they may be, all now hate Sarko and are threatening to riot if he wins, which I think is another good reason to vote Sarko.  A better reason is that if Sarko wins, he just might make France into the kind of place where ethnics can go into business and make some serious but legal money, even if everyone hates them.  More like England in other words.  England hates ethnics just as much as France does.  But, ethnics in England can keep shops open until midnight and suchlike and become respectable and have their children go to university and work for Channel 4 etc., and finally get more posh and less hated, or at least hated for different reasons.  That ladder doesn’t exist in France.  So, if you want French ethnics to do better, vote Sarko, even if the ethnics themselves are mostly going to be voting for the various -isation candidates.  (I’ll bet you anything you like that there are some French ethnics who secretly agree with the hated Sarko.  They look around, and say: he’s right, we are scum.  I want to do better than this shit.)

So, to my massed ranks of French readers, and especially to all my massed ranks of French ethnic readers (i.e. all the ones whose religion I hate) I say: vote Sarko!

I’m on Doughty Street TV again tomorrow night, presumably in my usual slot of 10 to midnight.  Maybe I’ll get to talk about some of this.