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Yes, the current head of the UMP Copé, another nasty, arrogant , quite ruthless little shit, but arguably brighter and even more dangerous:
Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
One interesting thing about this election is that there are rumours that in private many Spanish PP cadres are hoping that Hollande wins and puts an end to austerity because they know the austerity the Spanish government is feeling compelled to impose is not working and cannot work.
guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
The optimistic scenario I posted some time back was posited on a strong showing from the left in the first round of the election, a more leftwing prime minister as a result, and pressure from social movements and unions. The first of those conditions didn't come through, since the strong electoral showing was from the far right. The second is 99% certain not to materialise: the bets for PM are on Jean-Marc Ayrault (whom I personally take for an apparatchik, but the media say he speaks fluent German, which is presumably going to be helpful placating Teutonic ire). The third, we'll see.
What I like about the Roosevelt2012 initiative is that it offers, precisely, civil society, social and union movements a set of firm alternatives they can take on board. There are ideas there to break the TINA stranglehold -- it's a TARA manifesto.
Another element is the support Hollande might get in other Eurozone countries for an alternative to blanket austerity. As I've said before, it can't work so it won't work, and that fact is becoming ever more painfully apparent.
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