Ségolène Royal


Ségolène Royal appears to have lost her supporter base and fallen out with too many people.  Her reaction is to go back to local level and achieve some success in participative democracy there, for the moment eschewing comment on national issues, gaining allies once more, in order to launch her national claims for 2012.

Many say it will not happen. Le Figaro yesterday:

Ségolène Royal a-t-elle encore un avenir national ?  Does Ségolène Royal still have a national future?

Oui  16.11%
Non  83.89%

A friend calls us out

Friend commented:

James- some reasons why they might think you are anti-EU:

1. The letter you address to them contains anti-EU propaganda about a super state swallowing the UK.

We have had some feedback on that and are rewording the initial letter to reduce that but it still requires us to explain what led us to start up the call for the referendum.

2. Most of your supporters are anti-EU- I can’t think of a prominent public supporter that you have who isn’t anti EU.

That’s fair comment although there are Labour people too who support the referendum, for the opportunity to vote Yes.

Is it game over for London or not?

Meanwhile, turning our attention away from the party-political, specifically EU issue, look at this:

Fast approaching is the event of GAME OVER for London, a condition that has already reached critical level, according to a key reliable source of information with London connections and direct experience with its market events. How long can a major metals exchange sell contracts but have miniscule supply of gold in their vaulted possession?

The paper gold market and the physical gold bullion market have finally separated in a practical manner, meaning actual gold has almost no role anymore in London paper contract settlement. The absence of gold in London requires extraordinary tactics to settle contracts and to obtain gold bullion. Red tape procedures delay delivery for individuals, and bribes accompany gold delivery demands as standard practice.

Quislings are dotted through our society


The Times in its leader of 15 April 1940, entitled “Quislings everywhere.” The editorial asserted:

To writers, the word Quisling is a gift from the gods. If they had been ordered to invent a new word for traitor… they could hardly have hit upon a more brilliant combination of letters. Actually it contrives to suggest something at once slippery and tortuous.

Looking far more broadly than the rag-tag alliances in our country today [it’s a badge of honour now, not unlike the resistance in Norway], you can apply any number of metaphors  and draw all the analogies you like but the difference between then and now was that then there was a clear enemy and everyone back home understood who it was and could focus on that.