Tuesday, 17 May 2011
BHL on DSK
J’en veux, ce matin, au juge américain qui, en le livrant à la foule des chasseurs d’images qui attendaient devant le commissariat de Harlem, a fait semblant de penser qu’il était un justiciable comme un autre.
This morning I hate the American judge who threw him to the hordes of image-hunters outside the Harlem courthouse, as if he was someone before the courts just like anyone else. (my translation)
That quote has aroused much ire in the comments and elsewhere, from people who say "Of course DSK is subject to the same justice as anyone else". Of course, indeed, he is. But this is not the point of what BHL is saying. He does not say that it is the justice which should vary - calling DSK "un justiciable" is the opposite of that. He says that DSK is not "comme un autre". And he is not. "Anyone else" would not have hordes of paparazzi outside the courthouse. And the judge should have taken that into account. In the interests of justice and due process. That is what BHL means. I notice that the "guilty" votes are beginning to surge on my little poll. This may be because we have all seen DSK in the dock, unshaven, handcuffed, looking, in fact, like a guilty man.
This is shameful treatment ahead of due process. And you, liberal chatterers, especially the French ones, have you thought that this, whatever happened in that hotel on Saturday and whatever the outcome of the process, has almost certainly given us another Sarko term as president of France. To say nothing of a boost for Marine Le Pen. Hein?
All Parti Socialiste branches are voting on Thursday on the party's report, essentially the backbone of its manifesto for next year's presidential election. Citizen's primaries will be held in October.
Doesn't seem much point now.
There are some in France who see it more clearly though: