Monday, January 12, 2009

Vallini Resigns

Reader MYOS calls my attention to an interesting little kerfuffle in the PS. Martine Aubry tried to discipline André Vallini, the PS national secretary for justice, because he expressed his views on the proposal to eliminate the juge d'instruction without her authorization, although she was careful to say she didn't disagree with him on the substance. Vallini then resigned in a huff.

Now, you can look at this in two ways. Aubry is behaving like an autocrat--a Sarkozy of the left, if you will. Or, if you're more sympathetic, you can say that Aubry is trying to impose some message discipline on a notoriously undisciplined party--which, one might argue, is long overdue. Still, there are right and wrong ways to impose discipline--or, rather, productive and counter-productive ways. Brusqueness is a leadership style, and Aubry may be able to make it work for her. Then again, she may wreak havoc.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Vallini is certainly one of the best minds in the PS.

That's enough to justify his resignation.

gregory brown said...

Um, I don't see how Aubry publicly firing Vallini, and thus making that a story, is a sign that she is imposing message discipline.

Unknown said...

She didn't fire him; he resigned after being disciplined. Her public discipline was a warning to others: don't go on the record with Le Monde without clearing it with me.