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galleries regarding how "radical" and "unrepresentative" SUD is for other workers, the fact of the matter is that in Proud'homale elections just last month, they well more than doubled their previous score. The other solidly left union, the CGT, also progressed well in those elections, the other more "reasonable" unions declining.

Also, SUD's railway worker affiliate, SUD-Rail, is the second biggest union in terms of representation, so if they are supposedly so out of step, it might be surprising that almost 20% of railway workers opted for them (CGT, old-left but still solidly on our side, largely continuing to dominate at 50%, the softer unions picking up the rest.)

The right to strike is a more and more important right given that democratic institutions develop sclerosis, and roughly 1 in 5 french have their views more or less completely ignored by the current political process. That Sud-rail continues its industrial action is important in this regard; this is real, not show-boat action like the "one day strike parade" actions the others tend to engage in, and it is unsurprising that they are picking up support (see prud'homale results) for it.

Given what appears to be coming on the economic horizon, now is not the time to be on the fence. SUD clearly is not on the fence. Nor is Sarkozy.

Those who are will, I suspect, find themselves less and less credible.

And, as usual, the PS is nowhere to be found.

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

by r------ on Fri Jan 16th, 2009 at 04:57:39 AM EST

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