Que les ténors de l’UMP, enfin, ont intégré qu’ils allaient perdre et qu’ils jouent déjà le coup d’après, en cherchant à prendre leur distance avec le radeau de la Méduse sarkoziste, et à se démarquer les uns des autres. Du coup, leur prophétie risque bien d’être auto-réalisatrice, tant ils brouillent et rendent inaudible la parole présidentielle.Indeed, I spoke with a UMP politician this week, who, though he continues to campaign actively for the president, thinks that he will lose. When pessimism takes hold within a party, members start making their own calculations, and what was uniform support becomes à la carte support: we'll back you on issues we think will do us good in the long run, but we won't follow your tactical zigzags on issues with which we don't want to be associated in the future. Hallal meat seems to be one of these. The disciplined UMP of 2007 has thus degenerated into a party in which every man and woman is out for him or herself.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The History of the Hallal Controversy
Romain Pigenel retraces the history of the hallal controversy. What emerges from his account is a picture of a candidate who is improvising his strategy from one moment to the next. Sarkozy first raised the hallal issue in connection with the proposal to grant immigrants the right to vote in local elections. Marine Le Pen raised the ante by alleging that all meat slaughtered in Ile-de-France was hallal. That was on Feb. 18. Three days later, Sarkozy tried to cut the controversy short. But polling evidently showed that this was an issue with legs, so Sarkozy shifted his stance, proposing a "right to know" how one's meat had been slaughtered. Then Fillon got into the act. But others in the UMP, from NKM to Raffarin, seemed to distance themselves from the new issue. As Pigenel comments,