Opinion – Fear of neo fascism keeps Emmanuel Macron ahead of Marine Le Pen | World news | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Despite this Guardian report brought to us by Dr Alf, I think this French election is still too close to call.

The comparisons between Mussolini and Hitler and Marine Le Pen would be accurate if we were talking about her father the Holocaust denier and belittler.In her case troublesome Muslims and Jihadists seem to be the object of her disdain rather than anyone else.

Fortunately, the 1930s were a long time ago and the risks posed by Marine Le Pen are of a France trying to pretend that it can “punch above its weight” working with America to try and control Mali and mineral rich parts of Africa in preference to the Chinese who have just built a naval base at Djibuti.

Macron is still the favourite but if he does win the margin will be small and the Greek bailout and PIIGS problems still point to the splitting of the EU.

John Gelmini

Opinion – German Far-Right Leader Quits After Photo Surfaces of Him Posing as Hitler – NBC News.com – John Gelmini

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, G...

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, Germany, ca. 06/1940 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We do not really have unrestricted freedom of the press and in UK we have Leveson as an additional restriction along with unwritten codes covering gypsies, Muslims, gay people and other vociferous minorities about what is “appropriate”.

People cannot commit libel, reveal state secrets, promulgate “hate speech” , breach laws on obscenity or engage in Holocaust denial.

Hitler, as Dr Alf knows, is still a taboo subject in many countries, and in Germany, you cannot even get a copy of Mein Kamf although you can in other EU countries including the UK.

Saying that Hitler was “back” was to stir up the folk memory of that terrible man and inject fear into the minds of his Twitter readers and it was therefore more than satire

John Gelmini