Thursday, June 23, 2011
The NPA Shrinks
Not so long ago, the NPA looked like THE growth party on the far left. It has rapidly lost militants, however, and is now about a third the size it was two years ago, to judge by the number of people turning out for its local conventions. The reasons for the collapse, as far as I can tell: the resignation of Olivier Besancenot as spokesperson, the rapid rise of the Front de Gauche, and internal dissension over such issues as allowing candidates wearing headscarves to represent the party.