Saturday, November 15, 2008

Let's Make It Unanimous

Yes, ça y est: they're going to make it unanimous. Laurent Fabius says that "a congress is meant to choose a political line, and a political line is inseparable from the question of alliances. ... We refuse any alliance with the center." But Ségo is having none of it: if they--the emerging Anybody But Ségo coalition--want to make alliances the issue, she'll take it to the militants:

"Bertrand, je t'ai entendu tout à l'heure, je ne doute pas de ta sincérité. J'aimerai te répondre devant tous.

Voilà la proposition que nous ferons: il y aurait une consultation directe des militants sur la question des alliances. Dès lors, cette question ne pourra plus servir de prétexte."

Better still, she'll make herself over into a new Popular Front: "un nouveau front populaire, ça ne vous tente pas?"A rhetorical surenchère worthy of Mitterrand. Do you want to "choose a political line," as Fabius says, or win an election? That is the question.


Anonymous said...

hmmm. in which direction will the new PS go? Towards the Center or towards the Far Left? Morin/Bayrou or Besancenot?
I've heard it from so many Socialists & left-leaning friends and acquaintances that France has the stupidest stupidest Left in the whole world ("grass is greener on the other side of the fence" syndrome, no doubt). Meaning between two options, the PS invariably chooses the worst one...
but that would only last a while, though, I should say. After all, all those ex-Sciences Po/ENArques who run the party aren't in it for the warm fuzzy feeling that leftwing demagoguery gives you - these people want to rule France. or at the very least beat la Droite!

Chris P.

Victor Tremblay said...

The situation of the PS reminds me a bit of the Parti Québécois (PQ, independence party) here in Québec. Following the defeat of 2003, the PQ hardliners won the intra party fight over what had gone wrong. They thought that the people wanted more independence talk and actions, not less, despite polls showing the opposite, and managed to impose their vision on the party. In the election of 2007, the PQ placed third; the first time in over 3 decades that they were not at least the official opposition. After this resounding defeat, the new leader (Pauline Marois) managed to win the internal fight with the hardliners, promising the population that there would not be a referendum if the PQ was elected, unless the population clearly wanted one. But we are having snap elections on December 8th, and the hardliners are once again causing trouble for the PQ by dissenting with their leader in the public sphere and the PQ is looking at another defeat, the only question is by how much they will lose.

For both situations its the same problems, ideologues refusing to see reality and understand that the country/province has changed and that if they want to actually implement some of their ideas, they'll have to compromise.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Victor. Interesting comment. I didn't know about the PQ situation.