Thursday, July 06, 2017

French arrogance

Emmanuel Macron is the latest leader to bridle at the idea that democracy entails answering questions from journalists

Journalists are a hassle. This is sometimes because we’re stupid. Asked last week whether the newish French president, Emmanuel Macron, would be holding the traditional press conference on Bastille Day, an official from the Elysée palace explained, regretfully, that he would not. Apparently, his “complex thought process lends itself badly to the game of question-and-answer with journalists”.

Ah yes, that old game. Where journalists blithely ask questions and have the massive entitlement to expect that they might lead to, of all things, answers. It’s hardly surprising that Mr Macron doesn’t want to play. Especially on Bastille Day. One thinks of poor Marie Antoinette, whose cerebral, blue-sky thinking that brioche could provide the solution to a nationwide bread shortage was so ignorantly misrepresented.

Yesterday, Mr Macron suggested he’d push his reforms through by referendum and decree if he couldn’t get them through parliament, which suggests nobody else will be getting to scrutinise him either. Here’s hoping he humours the odd dim hack, perhaps speaking to them as one might children, or dogs.



Anonymous said...

So Macron is actually a closet socialist/communist.

Anonymous said...

Just because a Press Conference has been traditional, that does not mean that the new French President has to do it also.

Bird of Paradise said...

Anon 12:47 He is all that are more just like with most all lliberals

Anonymous said...

Of course Macron is basically a closet socialist/communist given that France is basically a socialist/communist country which has failed to live up to expectations since their liberation during the second world war. There was a period of time that they were going to be pulled out of NATO due to the communist sympathies of the government of the day. Since Napoleon their number of victories could probably be counted on one hand and I don't include WW1 and WW2 given France's failure as a military nation. All their efforts in Africa backfired and they are still paying for that with the flood of illegal immigrants. Vietnam was a total failure for them as well.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Macron isnt the only Closet Socalists there was the founder of the leftists ACLU Hanoi Jane(Fonda)once urged a bunch of University students to hope one day we become a communists nation and most of the demacrtic party are socialists/Communists