Friday, December 25, 2009

The Social Policy of the Right

Laurent Wauquiez describes the "new social policy" of the Right, which is aimed, he says, squarely at the middle class. lest undue attention to "the margins" of society lead to the sort of situation from which "Weimar never recovered." Well, that's putting it right on the line: Follow Sarko or you'll end up with Hitler. Still, drama aside (and in fact the tone of Wauquiez's article is generally unpolemical, factual, and cool, though naturally tilted so as to buff up le bilan Sarko), the piece is an interesting insight into how the government views the politics of its social policy. Definitely worth reading even if it is Christmas.

5 comments:

satchmo said...

This is indeed an interesting argument that suggests how some of the UMP are thinking.

Wauquiez seems quite an interesting figure himself. He's a canny guy, still in his late 30s, if I'm not mistaken, and thus has a very promising career ahead of him if he plays his cards right. And all this working from a political base in Haute-Loire, of all places. Allez 43!

DavidinParis said...

Sounds like Clinton (Bill). And it worked quite well. The middle class has always been the best target and the engine of the economy. Problem is that in France, the government employs so many people in this class and they are highly unionized and subject to the reflex of 'non' to any new idea. Still, a cogent commentary and surprisingly argued in a clear style so atypical of most commentaries in LeMonde.

MYOS said...

Wanna know what an unabashedly outspoken leftist blogger thinks of Wauquiez' column, aka the French Bill Clinton?
http://www.intox2007.info/index.php?post/2009/12/27/Wauquiez-from-outer-space-high-on-drugs

Beware it'd deserve a PG13 for strong language but here's someone who took your concluding admonition to heart. :)

satchmo said...

I think the response in Intox007 (the blog article to which MYOS linked) was pretty accurate. He's rightly shocked at the disinformation and fearmongering of the right; his summary of this strategy and its corporatizing bad faith sounds like the bread and butter of Bush-era US politic--mediatic rhetoric.

DavidinParis said...

I do not doubt the duplicity of the right here. I also see the same on the left. The politics are quite thick and I do not see the issues spelled out clearly. I have only been here for 4 years but I feel that something has got to change on the left as well. This 'stand off' between the 2 sides is paralyzing.