Friday, April 20, 2012

POLITICS



Since I have a strong political opinion, Victoria does not want me to post anything on GFP's Facebook page about the Alberta election come Monday. Something about upsetting a few of you. What?Me? Never.
Albertans will wake up Tuesday morning and not much has changed. Still the same spectrum right of center. 

How about French politics 101? Less upsetting if I say the wrong thing......

This coming Sunday  France will see the first run off for presidential elections. The top two candidates will move on  to round two in early May when the next president gets elected.
A nation of roughly 65 million, with I think 12 political parties to choose from. From the extreme left (Communists) to the far right (Front National), they are all there. 
And watching some TV in french, it seems each party has it's base. Now that's entertainment. Reality TV about reality. 
I don't read the daily papers, but even with the print medium it seems there is an almost endless selection to choose from. Not just the Journal and the Sun as it is in AB.....

Fire brand speeches, flag waving patriots, hymn singing politicians. So much more electrifying. Voters young and old are out in force to make themselves heard. In our tiny hamlet with a population base of what, 18 people, behind the local Town hall, right where I walk the dog every night, are 12 boards of advertisement, one for each candidate. 2 are missing it seems, so I took pictures of the remaining ones.  

From what I understand, Sarkozy (Center right) and Hollande (Center left) will make it to round two, where Nicolas Sarkozy may end up loosing to Francois Hollande. Unless Jean Luc Melenchon (Far left) pulls out a rabbit, at which point I believe Sarkozy would win the second round.

Personally I think Sarkozy did a bang on job (Not just with Carla Bruni) during his tenure and some fairly difficult times for Europe. Apparently the people of France think different, since they plan to vote for the other guy. A bit further left. I doubt that much will change. Maybe Angela Merkel, the German hawk (who hails from former communist East), may not like Hollande as much, but they will make do for the greater good of Europe as a whole. So not to worry.

The rest of the candidates won't matter much, some will get seats in power, but won't know what to do with it. Making noise is not politics. In my eyes. If you can't back it up, get out of the way for those who can. (I'll stop, I'll stop). 

I grew up in Socialist Austria and saw both it's benefits and shortcomings. 40 some years later, now run by a Social Christian coalition,  Austrians voted for the middle of the road approach since, and it works. 
Benefits are fair, political corruption is limited to some bad apples, and taxes are within what people are prepared to pay for what they get from the government in exchange, such as premium education and a very good healthcare system. (More on that when  am in Austria)



NOT IN POLITICAL ORDER, 12 TO CHOOSE FROM


GREEN PARTY, NOT A FORCE LIKE THE GERMAN GREEN PARTY


MUCH PRETTIER THAN HER FATHER. BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT


CARLA BRUNI LIKES HIM


CHARISMATIC. LEFT. VERY LEFT


OCCUPY WALL STREET. I THINK


TALK TALK TALK. ALL THE TIME. ALL THEY EVER DO.

ANOTHER OCCUPIER?


BEIGE. WE SHOULD PAINT THE CEILING BEIGE


4 comments:

Ken Broadhurst said...

My impression that people really don't like Sarkozy. He promised a lot but didn't deliver much. He never focuses on a issue for more time than it takes to issue a statement, and then he makes strange decisions so fast that he has to take most of them back.

Hollande might be bland but he seems steady. All the other candidates are probably too extreme to get through the first round of voting. But there have been surprises in the past. Le Pen might just upset Sarkozy, ensuring Hollande's victory.

H.Peter said...

Though I have my political principles, it turns out I am more of a personality voter after all.

Le Pen strikes me as insincere and having taken the job because it's there. besides not agreeing with her on many points.

Nadege said...

Austrians are much smarter than the French.

H.Peter said...

That made me smile Nadege