Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Real Equality"

The Socialist Party has published a platform document entitled "Real Equality." Once again I refer you to Bernard Girard for his analysis (I am beginning to think I should just put up a permanent link to Bernard's blog). Here is the money quote:

Désordre conceptuel qui donne une bonne image du flou des idées dans lequel vit le PS. D'où le sentiment que certaines de ces propositions pourraient rapidement devenir contradictoires. La seule chose rassurante est que rien de tout cela n'étant financé (le texte fait allusion à la création de marges de manoeuvre, manière on ne peut plus dilatoire de renvoyer à plus tard ce qui peut poser problème), il faudra bien un jour faire des choix.
In other words, business as usual chez le PS. And to make matters worse, the publication of the text has only brought the simmering tensions once again to a boil, eliciting attacks from Hollande, Moscovici, and Valls. So the semblance of peace established by Aubry is revealed as just that: a semblance rather than a reality. The "real equality" in the PS is among the contenders for the presidency, none of whom has distinguished him- or herself with either a coherent program or a show of political skill or acumen. Bernard's analysis suggests that the left wing of the part at the national level has forged alliances with powerful constituencies at the local level, which to my mind is a recipe for deadlock in the coming primary battles and failure in the next presidential election.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

from Le Monde:

"Pour Gérard Collomb, le maire de Lyon, prise séparément chaque mesure est "parfaite" mais "le problème est que tant que l'on n'a pas répondu à la question du financement, on n'a rien résolu". Pour François Hollande et ses amis, "il ne prévoit aucune hiérarchie dans l'ordre des priorités, ni calendrier sans sa mise en œuvre, ce qui lui fait perdre cohérence et crédibilité".

http://www.lemonde.fr/politique/article/2010/11/10/l-egalite-reelle-ecorne-l-unite-du-parti-socialiste_1437904_823448.html

that was the impression I got when reading Le Monde's synopsis.
if the PS puts the text's plans in action, it'll entail deficit-spending of the kind we only see in the US. And that's not a good thing.



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