What has France in common with Jersey ? A comment on the French election where obviously the elite mainstream politicians are so clever they all got kicked out ! In the article below it struck me that Jersey politicians living in their ivory tower, leaving to go on tax funded jollys or to get instruction from expensive spin doctors, are similar in many ways to the French politico. Mainstream politicians are so out of touch with the electorate it is painful
Christine Constable 24 Apr 2017 8:43AM
It is a sad day for France, this new upstart has no political base it is a bit like Farage becoming PM without any supporting MPs - what can he do to make the really massive changes France requires - nothing. It will be a figleaf of a protest by the French who will still be fighting like cats in a bag between the failed Trotsky model of a heavily socialist France and the external forces of globalisation - the problem is France cannot deal with it huge structural problems without the same kind of economic blood letting the UK went through during the Thatcher era - France has managed to stave off this suffering through support from the CAP - support which will no longer be forthcoming when the UK finally extricates itself from the bloc - it will be the leaving of the UK cash which will precipitate a massive economic crash for France, which is why the French are so bitter about the UK and are among the front runners that want to "punish the British"!
France has been living in cloud cuckoo land for a long time now, a failing agriculture sector, protectionist tendencies, ridiculously high taxation, anti business rules and aggressive employment policies compounded by poor general government.
The French want to live in their one cow six chickens nirvana, but do not have the cash to do it, meanwhile the country has been filling up with antagonistic, often unemployed and welfare draining migrants further eroding their parlous state.
One man elected as President who knows what difficult things need to be done, will be unable to do anything without a political base to support him, it will be just like Obama in a Republican held Senate and HofR.
The French are afraid of taking the big decisions and hope a vote for a token politician will deliver them from servitude to Germany and financial reality - history shows us that it won't and France's problems could grow and become more intractable.
Ironically the French who are so antagonistic to the EU are in their charmed position (spending more than they earn for decades) because of the largesse of the EU made possible by the UK's contribution - this situation for the British is intolerable that we should be forced to subsidise a lazy ideologically flawed and politically spiteful partner who, now realising they are going to have to pick up the tab for their own failures rather than expecting everyone else to pay for them wants to create an unpleasant backlash to Britain, a country that has enabled it to stay in its torpor of failure for quite a few decades.
France should wake up and smell the coffee and recognise that Britain is doing it a favour - change only comes about through necessity and Brexit means that France must now do the tough things to get itself back into a functioning economy without the need for subsidies.
The EU should be nervous indeed - no change on the EU front or "more Europe" followed by a French President that is paralysed to do anything could create a very dangerous situation in France - just a handful more of terrorist outrages could tip the country into a very volatile situation and I would not be surprised if France ends up with another election in a few months time.
The EU elites have monumentally failed Europe, their one size fits all, over ambition, politically driven agenda, and spectacular failures with the Euro and economic growth, let alone mass unwanted migration will continue to sow the seeds of its eventual collapse.
Sadly the EU never had the intellectual capacity to do the obvious thing and consult with the people subjected to Europe about what THEY wanted, the elites presumed to themselves that THEY knew what the people wanted and that their very specific vision was a shared vision - which it wasn't. We now have a huge number of subsidy junkies in Europe - one of the biggest being France itself and without massive structural change the expensive subsidy driven model that runs the EU will crash into reality.
It is a political embarrassment for mainstream politicians in France that none of them made the Presidential run off.....in the same way the UK had to use Farage as a bulwark against which to demand a referendum on membership of the EU - mainstream politicians are so out of touch with the electorate it is painful.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2017/04/23/eu-breathes-easy-now-politics-usual-no-longer-option-france/