Author: Churchmouse

Ed Miliband’s damage limitation plan

On Andrew Neil’s Sunday Politics (BBC1, September 22), a New Statesman journalist told Alastair Campbell politely but directly that, whereas Labour spin doctors were at odds with each other, the Coalition have been on the same page from the start.…

Whither UKIP?

UKIP’s party conference in London at the weekend didn’t go quite as planned. Nigel Farage had not envisaged that one of his MEPs — rather than the party platform — would grab the news headlines. The Mail‘s Robert Hardman was…

France’s leftist paradise under construction

The former mayor of Nantes, now Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault has named a provisional list of ministers. All are now required to run for office in June’s parliamentary elections. Should they lose, they will also lose their ministry appointments.  That…

François le Normal – day one

Today, May 15, 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy made his final handover to French president François Hollande. RMC and BFMTV reporters at the Elysée Palace said there was a definite chill in the air. They weren’t talking about the parky temperatures, either.…

French presidential elections: the run-up to Sunday

Yesterday, in a final run-up report to France’s presidential elections, RMC host Eric Brunet said that unions were holding the ‘workers’ day’ hostage. He quoted General De Gaulle’s statement from May 1, 1950, in which he said that the day…

2012: French presidential semiotics

On Sunday, April 22, the first round of the 2012 presidential elections will take place in France and its overseas territories. Two spoiler candidates have emerged to Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande: Jean-Luc Mélenchon (Front de Gauche) and Marine Le…