Opinion – A sartorial scandal in French Parliament? The far-left members refuse to wear ties. – The Washington Post

"The Storming of the Bastille", Visi...

“The Storming of the Bastille”, Visible in the center is the arrest of Bernard René Jourdan, marquis de Launay (1740-1789), Watercolor painting; 37,8 x 50,5 cm Español: “Toma de la Bastilla”, En el centro se apreciaba el aresto del marqués de Launay Português: A “Tomada da Bastilha”, no centro se vê a prisão de Jourdan de René de Bernard, marquês de Laundry (1740-1789). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tired of Trump, the Washington Post is poking a bit of fun at President Macron’s consollidation of power in France. It reports that Far-Left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and his allies go without neckwear for a political protest.

Source: A sartorial scandal in French Parliament? The far-left members refuse to wear ties. – The Washington Post

Let me make two observations.

Firstly, as a long-standing Francophile, it’s established practice for the French to go off on family holidays in the summer to return to industrial unrest in the Autumn. Macron has a political mandate to reform France but so did other presidents. Let’s wait to see how Macron fairs with the unions – democracy is one thing but street protest goes back to the French Revolution.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post needs to stay focused on President Trump. There are still unanswered questions about links with Russia – no doubt we shall be reminded this weekend, at the Hamburg G20, when Trump meets Putin for the first time. In terms of political leadership, Trump is under attack both domestically and internationally.

Perhaps the Washington Post should be reminded that France chose democracy over right-wing populism? Or if the Post is out of news this summer, it could focus on the UK where conservatives are frightened of left-wing populism bringing the first Marxist government to the UK?

Angela Merkel and Donald Trump head for clash at G20 summit | World news | The Guardian – John Gelmini

I tend to agree with Dr Alf, the G20 is a forum which manages to generate more hot air than the Welsh Assembly and produces very little.

It is effectively a ritual in which world leaders get together in secret to deliberate what their ultimate masters have decided.

It reminds me of my former corporate life when the chief executive would preside over sector board meetings in which nothing was ever decided or allowed to be decided. He would then issue instructions on what he had decided all along.

Europe is not going to speak with “one voice”, unless it is Angela Merkel’s, and since America is now only really interested in the countries of the Pacific Rim and denying China access to Africa’s mineral resources, Donald Trump will at best pay lip service to what she says.

In the background, the march to war continues with Iran and what lies in its surrounding deserts firmly in the cross hairs. General Mattis and his co warriors have this to think about and of course the problems represented by China, Russia and North Korea.

Against these bigger geopolitical issues and the fact that Trump may not last that long in office, the West is effectively split and rudderless.

John Gelmini