The Rapier slices mercilessly into the Masque of Oligarchy.No.3
something for the day after the weekend sir!
Monseigneur Macron. SEE UP THERE ON THAT CARRIAGE WHO IS THAT THE OWNER OF THE RIDING COAT UP ON THE CHAIR.#GiletsJaunes
The one person he listens to is his ever-smiling wife, on whose behalf he self-importantly militated so that she might be officially pronounced première dame. Nothing doing. Pascal Bruckner, the no-longer nouveau philosophe, calls her, with unusual lack of originality, l’éminence grise. In this guise she was probably responsible for her husband’s cravenly bathetic performance at Johnny Hallyday’s funeral – several minutes of high-octane drivel that caused the insentient to weep and the sentient to wince. Pedder amiably describes it as ‘both romantic and deeply calculating’. The same might be said of any number of populist, lush, intellectually void spectacles that offer no more than temporary relief, temporary communion. They are mere diversions. They are his forte. Chiselhurst awaits.
Macron, Reflected Glory and issuing platitudes devoid of context or meaning a Rhetorical Flourish of Gaelic Flatulence in the mode of Blair, Trudeau, Ummana, Clinton and the many plastic ornaments of a false pantheon of Political Pygmies.
Tear gas, police brutality, exaggerated heat, censorious hate-speech laws, rising poverty, Boris-bashing and a French exit from the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament….it’s all going terribly well here. But the good news is that expat Brits in France are secure, Deal or No Deal. Eat your hearts out Yvette Cooper and Baron Adonis.
Although you wouldn’t imagine so viewing the British media, the ‘blistering heatwave’ that is seemingly killing everyone over 60 in France ended three days ago, and much of the southern half of the country has reverted to the cloudy murk that typified most of June. The Meteo keeps showing it as mixed sun and cloud, but the lack of either blue or yellow suggests they need to look out of the window more often.
Ever keen to show that the planet is frying, the folks at Extinction Rebellion have been out in force, and last…
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