Monday, 28 March 2011
is what has been happening in elections over the weekend. The left in Alsace, in the "cantonales" (equivalent approximately to county council elections, and in which I do not have a vote chiz) got a toe-hold outside the city of Strasbourg for the first time, and held on to the four districts it had in the city, although in the one I live in, Strasbourg 2 Gare, it looks like a Green rather than a socialist. Which I am not thrilled about. The Front National, always strong in this part of France, perhaps because this region has spent a lot of its history being German but never had the de-Nazification they got across the Rhine, stayed strong but did not advance much, both it and the left gaining from Sarko's UMP, whose condition is now tragic and may be terminal. Across the Rhine in Baden-Wurttemberg Angie got a severe kicking, and the Land looks Green, the first time in 58 years it has not been CDU. Angie has lost her mojo, the commentators say, and I suspect they are right. And watching the coverage of the demo in London on Saturday, I am toe-curlingly embarrassed for Silly Milly E. What on earth was he doing there? TB would never have gone near it. But then he was Prime Minister. Remember, Ed? There used to be a Labour government. Oh but you don't like those, do you? Enjoy opposition. Enjoy the Guardian editorials. Bye boys. What a waste.