Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

This blog's taking on water rapidly at the moment. Truth be told, I've got quite a few other things to concentrate on before leaving for Chile this weekend, so my head's not really where it has been these last few months. It's a shame, as current events are pretty entertaining, particularly the Dominique Strauss-Kahn saga in New York, where the French appear appalled by the fact that DSK is not being shown endless respect in the time-honoured manner of Gaul protecting its institutionalised criminals (Chirac, Tibéri, Dumas, Sirven, Juppé...oh, I could go on and on and on...) yet are so quick to critisicise other countries' deification of celebrities. I'm no fan of socialists, but this story is such a caricature it feels like a set-up. Could a randy old stoat like DSK be THAT stupid? In America, of all places? If he is guilty, he deserves to go down for a while, but I have a sneaking feeling there's a whole lot more to this story than we've been allowed to know so far. I wonder if Sarkozy's right arm is starting to ache after all the air-punching he must have been doing these last few days. More interesting still will be the laughable PS's attempt to find a new candidate for 2012. Search as they might, they seem incapable of discovering anyone outside of the circle of usual suspects: Ségo, François Hollande, er, maybe Manuel Valls. Let's face it: the PS has run its course, it's a spent force with no idealogical credibility or legitimacy. All parties believe in the welfare state and a fair working wage, so how can the Socialist Party show themselves as offering something more, something different? All they seem to fall back on is the old chestnut of making those disgusting capitalists pay higher taxes to bail out the 'less privileged' (sic). And this from a party run by unashamed millionaires (like DSK). What's wrong with this picture? I'd be interested to see how much of their wealth was 'redistributed' in the common good...

OK, back to Strauss and then off to yoga.

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