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"There is an opening for a mainstream politician to suddenly say loudly that "reform" is a sham and that other policies need to be promoted. Who will take it?"

It can't be a mainstream politician, can it? Mainstream implies acceptable to conventional wisdom which is generally formed by folks who read the Economist and FT, right? Ok, the Medef people aren't necessarily going to endorse your policies but they will at least have some of their membership endorsing some of your policies, or at the very least, abstaining from comment due to their relatively inoffensive character viz. those folks who actually own things.

I do know of a few politicians who will say "reform" is a sham and that we need to go another way, though, and they don't much read the anglo-saxon conventional wisdom and they are offensive to the Medef crowd.
Quite a few of these have done moderately well, at least in France.

Unfortunately (or fortunately if you are Royal) they are imploding these days, as the "left" of the "left" often do.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Mon Oct 2nd, 2006 at 10:48:14 AM EST

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