Monday, May 26, 2014

Mélenchon overwhelmed

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, deeply upset by the results of the election, let his emotions show last night. The irony is that FdG voters turned out in more substantial numbers than PS voters (the abstention rate was remarkably low), but there just aren't enough of them.


Anonymous said...

He looked visibly and sincerely upset on F2 last night, especially at the beginning when the results were displayed.
Oh, and F2 just gave up on giving the Front de Gauche results... I didn't vote for them but I found that insulting. Even if the party you voted for only got 3 or 4%, it deserves to have its results broadcast on a public channel.
As for the PS, my party member friends aren't that surprised. Some even feared worse results. In these ranks, disenchantment with Hollande is evident, too. Some even say "how are their ideas different from UDI's?" ( their = some of the government's statements - and note "their" not "our") and they're deeply upset. If even party members are that disappointed, as you said yesterday, "it spells trouble".
Hollande should just throw caution to the wind and do whatever is needed, and quickly, but Hollande is "synthése" and "caution"... so, not gonna happen. I hoped Royal could do something (as she's the opposite of Hollande, in a sense, and has been trough enough already that at this point I doubt she really cares what can be said about her) but at this point I don't know what it's going to take to get that government to think of supply/demand differently. Shouldn't be hard when half the adults in the country make less than €18,000 a year before taxes and a "middle class" family of 4 lives with 23-27,000 a year (with prices often similar to US prices, except for cell phone plans, baguette, and fresh vegetables :p). As for Europe: there was a clear path here, to defend "social Europe", but beside lipservice there wasn't a thing done about it. Hollande's inability to be a counterweight to Merkel is worth weeping. Europe is such a great idea and it's so poorly executed it's criminal.

Anonymous said...

Well, I voted for Mélenchon. Because of US meddling in Ukraine, because of the Transatlantic Commercial Treaty being negotiated in secret, because of all the commercial lobbies infesting Brussels and totally changing what the EU was about, because we should undo what Sarko did and leave NATO, because I see the despair of the unemployed, because we should never have let in all these ex-communist countries, who seem to think the EU is the civilian side of NATO, because the EU will die if there is no effort to harmonize fiscal and social legislation in all its countries.