So the arguments are getting a bit thin Daphne? We just leave a little note at the end of the article as a sort of addendum. Unjustified, unargued and hanging in the air. A bit like PN electoral policy. You see I am not here to defend AD and their campaign. I am here to point out how sorry the PN campaign (and empty policy behind it) is. I am obliged to pick on PN more than any other party because coalition or no coalition it is being touted as the least dangerous option to run the government in the next five years.
I am already thinking beyond the carcades and the meeting tar-rebha. I am thinking of the desert of ideas that will dry us up faster than the Gobi come April and the first 50 days of government are over. Daphne, you cannot argue more than one simple phrase (Vote X get Y) because that is all there is in PN’s favour – a u-turn loving, newly EU pandering, inconsistent and bumbling set of fanatics who still believe there is something socialist (I dare not mention social democrat) about their party. Any other argument – any more words than Vote Harry, Get Freddy would have meant more pie on the PN face. It would have meant Daphne having to come up with forced superlatives about a party in government that barely managed to get the obvious right. So Daphne prefers to veer away … at least until Sunday when I dare her to keep away from twisted mathematics and further justification of the gerrymandered electoral system and instead to come up with a full article of PN positives.
I dare you to write that without going into generic descriptions and without mentioning Alfred Sant once. Just think positive. Tell me why, judging by the past 5 years, PN are more than simply the least dangerous alternative to government. Smart City? You mean the city like the myriad of Technopoles outside most French towns? Portomaso and Tigne? Tax on travel that made sure we were in when we wanted more of the out? The firm hand on hunting? The projects that were always on time? The failure to register the fact that roads and an efficient transport system are interlinked? The constant lack of values in the future projections? I have said it before and will say it again. PN have been the party that have taken this country through the OBVIOUS steps of the early 21st century. Nothing impressive.
Again, I don’t care how useless you think AD are. I don’t care how ridiculously insane voting for MLP is. What I want to hear is why you think PN is good. Sell it to me like you’ve never sold before… literally. Remember – the dare means no comparisons to the useless void around them…. prove to me that PN is a beacon in the darkness of ideas. A shining guidance brimming with enthusiastic and capable politicians.
The new rebel generation (the one that is in its early thirties and not the rabble generation at University) have new expectations. In the eighties they wanted democracy and liberty, in the noughties we want the best for our country. They have been to Europe (thanks to EU programmes THEY chose to vote for -using PN and AD as a vehicle) and know what life could be like. They want to be able to vote a party into government that has similar aspirations. Sadly there are none. And the absence of arguments coming from the PN apologistas themselves is the best proof that if anybody has been right all along it is this disjointed movement for change that seems to be gathering momentum.
Unfortunately my contractual obligations with the Times do not allow me to write about politics in my Sunday column. Tant pis… would have made a nice balance to some arguments trumpeting the faux notes of PN success. For now, in the absence of a real opposition of ideas in the form of a concrete party we are prepared to wear the mantle of a virtual opposition – criticising and pointing out the faults of the pretenders to the throne.
Welcome to the show. Till Sunday.
P.S. I saw an electoral affiche for a politician in the Grenoble cantonal elections. I think that if PN can steal from Sarkoy, AD should steal this slogan: “Le gout des autres” (literally: other people’s taste).