Difficult to imagine Segolene or Sarkozy running for election in the U.K. Thankfully, for many British people, they are seeking election in France. Still, here’s a sample of Brit voxpops on the French campaign.
The Feminist view?
My money is on Sarkozy. I think a lot of British people are still recovering from Thatcher and there is still a feeling that women can be manipulated whereas Sarkozy seems a bit of a `bully boy,’ strong-willed and determined.
Do men fancy having the `soft’ option woman to lead them and women want the `strong’ man? British people might think France a bit frivolous if they vote in a woman. Don’t the French want France to look strong?
Left vs Right:
As a labour voter all my life I now don’t know where I stand politically. Blair seems to be a conservative to me and I warm to David Cameron although I have never supported any conservative ever. My husband the Tory and me the Socialist seem to becoming closer in our politics. I’m not sure of the differences any more. We all want to end poverty, stop global warming and live in peace!
There is an election in France?
We think that the French are more and more imitating Blair’s style- all about the personality and not really anything else – it seems a retrograde step – look at Blair!
Sunday’s News Bulletin:
I missed the piece on France, but from the news I did see, concern in
Scotland at least was more to do with sewage [in the Firth of Forth] than
Segolene or Sarkozy. Londoners were more up themselves about how they had
organised supplies of water better for the Marathon there than last
weekend’s one in Paris.
Factor out Gordon B and the future is all charm – imagine David Cameron and Segolene at the summits ! What a [schmoozy] picture…
Anyhow, thank goodness she’s in there for Round 2.
Here is a nice British view:
I personally couldn’t give a shit about any general erection (sic) apart from my own one !!!!!
Nothing against France, same for everywhere. It is just a scramble for power and position and in today’s world there is not much anyone can do to make any
I suppose though it is a necessary mechanism against despotism – important to change the asshole in power for another asshole every five years.
Youth and jobs:
I think it is very exciting to have young, dynamic candidates for a change in the French election and this election appears to be idealogical decision time for france. From our viewpoint here in Dublin, it is time for France to think about employment reform and how to tap into the wasted resource of the unemployed in France. It is not clear to me that the Socialists have any new ideas on this.
From one of the rare Tories in Scotland:
Sarko has all the right, plus half the centre on which to call for the 2ième
tour, whereas Royal has only half the centre in reserve. Ergo Sarko should win.
Big question: why was the 3rd way rejected? Second big question: what can WE do
in UK to achieve a similar turn-out at the polls?