Sunday, 29 July 2018

'Emmanuel Macron denies bodyguard filmed beating protesters is his gay lover and giving him nuclear codes'

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It is only July but this surely will be headline of the year. Or, rather, I hope it will, but who knows any more?

This is the story.

People, even precocious political obsessives like me, form their political ideas in their mid-teens. My mid teens began in what seemed the most boring and unsympathetic period
in history, the late 1970s. And Callaghan, Carter, Brezhnev were very boring, as had been Nixon, Ford, Wilson and Heath. So was everything in that decade.

I am too young to remember De Gaulle, Kennedy or Martin Luther King, though as a little boy I thought the 60s awful - men with long hair, ghastly music and ghastly clothes. Simon Dee was for me the ne plus ultra of dull when I was four.

Things got interesting with Mrs. Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and then Mihail Gorbachev, but now.....

As Arthur Rowe, the protagonist in Graham Greene's incomparable 'The Ministry of Fear' put it, talking about the blitz,
'The world has been rewritten by William Le Queux.'
But could Le Queux or Edgar Wallace or H.G. Wells have imagined September 11th or the migrant crisis? 

G.K. Chesterton might have done and Donald Trump too, of whom G.K.C. would have disapproved. He usually disapproved of rich men, especially in politics, but he would probably have disapproved of Emmanuel Macron more.  He would have not cared for the private lives of either man (I refer in M Macron's case to his relationship as a schoolboy with his schoolmistress). He might have imagined the President of France giving the codes for the nuclear bomb to a friend, but not the bomb itself and he would not have invented allegations about homosexuality, a subject he would certainly have thought best not mentioned in a novel.

10 comments:

  1. Things got interesting with Mrs. Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and then Mihail Gorbachev, but now.....

    Well villains are always more entertaining! ;-)

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    1. Were they villains? I disliked them at the time but think they look like good leaders now.

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    2. Were they villains? I disliked them at the time but think they look like good leaders now.

      They changed the course of history, but not in a good way. It's funny how "conservatives" got excited by "winning" the Cold War when in fact it was a victory for extremist neo-liberalism. It marked the point where western liberalism entered the stage of terminal decadence. In the Cold War the bad guys were defeated by the even worse guys.

      Gorbachev bears the responsibility for creating the dangerously unstable world of today, in which nuclear war is much more likely than it ever was during the Cold War. Maybe he wasn't a villain, just a clown.

      Maybe you could say the same for Reagan. It was under Reagan that the neocons started to dominate US policy and that has been a catastrophe.

      Thatcher was the first Tory PM who would have made a good Bond villain. Completely wrong but utterly convinced of her rightness, and with the edge of sadism that a Bond villain requires. Very much like Theresa May. In fact very much like all women political leaders.

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    3. Ar you the Politically Incorrect Australian whose blog I link to? I shall think about what you have said and respond.

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    4. Ar you the Politically Incorrect Australian whose blog I link to?

      Yep, that's me.

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  2. Macron achieved every schoolboys dream,so you hate him? Or is it just French men? You mull too much over the alleged sexual peccadilloes with a relish unbecoming a gentleman.
    I have to agree with you,though, for once, that Simon Dee was the anti christ of m.w.

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    1. m.w.? Your prose style suggests my old friend from school - Alan is it you?

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    2. Did I say I disliked him? He is, as the French say, formidable. He is the man who might save modern liberalism and keep the EU going forward. Nor do I blame him for being seduced aged 15 - every schoolboy wants to be seduced by an attractive woman at 15 or at 13. I imagine the sexless Chesterton knew this too and would not have blamed him. But breaking up a marriage and marrying a divorced woman shocks us Catholics. Still, as you say, he was only a child when it began.

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  3. I did put my name to it Paul. Medium wave.

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    1. I know you did - I thought there was someone else called Alan but maybe that was you too. Except he sounded right wing. What a disaster Theresa May is.

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