Saturday, November 17, 2012

Miracle Soap

Who says the French lack entrepreneurship? A firm has begun marketing miracle soap made with water from the cavern of Lourdes. But the entrenched interests are fighting back. Rather than allow free entry into the miracle marketplace, Les Sanctuaires de Lourdes, the incumbent monopolist of the healing powers of the place, has issued a warning to the upstart competitor.


New PS Leadership

Harlem Désir has installed a new leadership group at the head of the Socialist Party. The left wing has been excluded. Most of the names of the new leaders are unfamiliar, since all the familiar names are in the government. Does this move have any significance? For the future of French politics, no doubt it does, but I'm far too distant from the scene to read the tea leaves with any confidence. Perhaps some of you are more familiar with the inner workings of the party and would like to comment.

Here's a statement from Désir:

La nouvelle équipe doit porter «une orientation claire, celle du socialisme du réel et du réformisme ancré à gauche», a expliqué le premier secrétaire. La feuille de route est simple – c'est celle du président de la République – et le PS lancera la semaine prochaine «une grande campagne pour soutenir les réformes engagées par le gouvernement».
Back in the good old days of the General, this was what was called un parti godillot, a rubber stamp for presidential action. At the time, Socialists didn't think this was what politics ought to be like. I guess times have changed.