Saturday, February 17, 2007

Current Events

I've been following the French presidential election with some interest and I was reading a Guardian article about the uphill struggle of the socialist candidate, Ségolène Royal.

On a series of foreign visits, [Royal] managed to spark minor diplomatic incidents with Israel, Canada and China in rapid succession. But with the campaign focused almost entirely on domestic issues the impact may have been limited and may even have helped by bolstering Royal's image as an outsider. 'She comes across as a victim of a mistrustful and arrogant political establishment,' one Socialist MP said.

But Royal's admission live on TV that she did not know how many nuclear submarines France possessed did damage her. |Link|

The French have nuclear submarines?!?!

What is the world coming to?


sandago said...

She's a socialist, wrong direction for France.

Safety Neal said...

I don't claim to know what the right direction for France is, so I won't disagree with you.

It's unfortunate that socialism has (unfairly) become a perjorative term in our society. We live in a socialist country...we don't have a laissez-faire economy, nor would we want one.

The government has a significant role to play such as providing benefits for the unemployed, supporting those unable to work due to illness or disability, funding worker re-training, regulating labor standards, protecting hte environment, encouraging (yet) regulating investment... I'm even in favor of a single-payer health care system. Me and Wal-mart now, go figure.