So did you watch the great debate? And what did you think? Has Sarkozy adopted the right tone to pull in the le Pen votes? Is Hollande a deceitful liar?
Why should the hardworking of Europe fund eurobonds for
the corrupt, the special interest lobbies, and the workshy?
Can a France be taken seriously as an ally if led by Hollande, who
wants to pull out of Afghanistan unilaterally when French troops are
there as part of a NATO command?
What kind of to-be-taken-seriously energy policy could end France's commitment to nuclear power or is Hollande dog-whistling the Greenies?
Should there be a muslim commuity in
France or a muslim community of France?
Is the presidency of France not
in the least a 'normal' undertaking or is it just an apparatchik's
Should the President be stripped of legal invulnerabilities or is
that a politically childish refusal to recognize the vulnerabilities of
the exercise of power and that the real, and proper,
containment of presidential power is undertaken by the Constitution?
Is former official contact with Berlusconi as a fellow European leader ethically equivalent to being Strauss Kahn's Party's substitute candidate after he was found out?
I thought Hollande was like Harold Wilson but without the political and high office experience,
skills or charm. He also shares with Wilson the need for an answer to
the "Are you, or have you ever been..." question.
I thought Sarkozy was
violent at times and contemptuous throughout, which didn't appeal to
the English behavioural norms in me but might appeal to the voters he's