Macron: good for France, useless for everything else

He’s an odd fish Emmanuel Macron, quite capable of coming out with sensible stuff one minute and considerable idiocy the next:

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that “there seems to be a European civil war” between liberal democracy and rising authoritarianism.

Personally I think the looming civil war is between the ruling classes, their clients, and the oiks, but let’s run with Macron’s version for now.

He urged the EU to renew its commitment to democracy, in a passionate speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

“I don’t want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers that has forgotten its own past”, he said.

Populists dominated recent elections in states like Hungary and Italy, fuelled by the continuing EU migrant crisis.

Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban returned to power with a landslide victory earlier this month while Eurosceptic parties caused a political earthquake in Italy in March.

The EU should renew its commitment to democracy by heaping scorn on the democratic choices people make? The BBC article is garbled as hell, and it’s hard to separate what Macron actually said with the BBC’s editorialising. So here’s The Guardian:

“There seems to be a certain European civil war: national selfishness and negativity seems to take precedence over what brings us together. There is a fascination with the illiberal, and that is growing all the time,” he told MEPs.

This isn’t a civil war, it’s a conflict of ideas and opinions. You know, the thing which is very important to allow so that actual wars don’t occur.

“In the future, we must struggle to defend our ideals … This is a democracy that respects individual minority fundamental rights, which used to be called liberal democracy, and I use that term by choice. The deadly tendency which might lead our continent to the abyss, nationalism, giving up of freedom: I reject the idea that European democracy is condemned to impotence.

European democracy will be condemned to impotence if you believe your beliefs and “ideals” should be imposed against the will of the people.

“I don’t want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers, I don’t want to belong to a generation that’s forgotten its own past,” he said.

Says the person who wants to sideline millions of people who disagree with his vision for Europe. My view on Macron is this: he’s a fairly sensible chap when it comes to purely French affairs and knows – as all French leaders must – how to put French interests before anyone else’s, principles be damned. But when it comes to international politics which doesn’t directly concern French interests, he’s just another empty-headed globalist parroting words he doesn’t seem to grasp the meaning of.

One thing I will say about the man, though: he has a damned good tailor, up there with Antonio Conte’s.

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15 thoughts on “Macron: good for France, useless for everything else

  1. It’s an ironclad law of politics — I call it Drummond’s Law — that leftists always accuse the right of doing just what the left have been doing themselves.

  2. parroting words he doesn’t seem to grasp the meaning of

    Like ‘liberal’ and ‘democracy’ for starters.

    Although we can’t be far off the point where trying to argue that ‘liberal’ should have its traditional meaning is as foolish as insisting that ‘gay’ means light-hearted and cheerful.

  3. There’s a curious blind spot among those who rail against populism in that they must by definition be supporters of unpopulism which is not an auspicious programme to run on.

  4. Maybe the BBC accidentally switched the two words around:

    “French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that “there seems to be a European civil war” between liberal authoritarianism and rising democracy.”

    Fixed it for them.

  5. “His jaiket is sitting all wrong”

    Indeed.

    If it wasn’t buttoned up, it would be all over the place. No drape and no structure; the shoulders and waist seem to belong to a different suit.

    Send him to Cifonelli’s: I’m sure he can afford the 5,000 necessary.

  6. “One thing I will say about the man, though:”

    Is that is it any wonder that he is roumoured to be bi-sexual and insecure? especially given that his parents had to plead with his now wife who was then a married mother to another man with three children to stop illegally shagging him when he was a fifteen year old pupil of hers, she refused their request. That was actually a criminal offence in France at the time, not sure what the statutes of limitation are though since she was raping him and if she is in the clear now.

  7. “This is a democracy that respects individual minority fundamental rights,..”

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RIGHTS

    There are only obligations.

    Which is the reason parts of Europe (& likely, in the end, all of Europe) is going in a direction Macron doesn’t like. Keep piling obligations on people & people get sick of it. They start pushing back the other way. Withdrawing the obligations they’d otherwise honour. Carry on the way they’re going there won’t be any of their “rights” survive because no one will feel any obligation to observe them.

  8. Granny’s Boy–like the rest of Europe’s scummy “leaders” needs to be dispatched at an en masse public hanging.

    But at least he’d look stylish on the scaffold.

    Merkel would be like stringing up a bag of spuds.

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