In response to Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack: Macron, like globalisation, is holed below the waterline, Hank Rearden wrote:

Macron is a classic late empire politician like Blair, Cameron and Clegg before him. You never really knew what they thought, but they were polished, smiling and good media performers. They appealed to low-information voters but were generally loathed by the more politically nuanced. When the chips were down, however, they were revealed to be empty vessels and when they were gone you had to wonder what they really achieved.

Lady Thatcher by contrast, whilst also loathed in some quarters, had clear principles. The first three years of her government were very difficult economically and anyone without clear principles would have reached for easy solutions. She didn’t and the results were clear.

For the right in France to get its act together, Marine Le Pen will have to realise she is toxic to too many French voters, and they will need a new leader. If they can do that, and re-brand, then the way may be open to a French Trump.

rapscallion replied:

Apparently, during last weekend’s ‘activities’ some protesters were chanting ‘We want Trump’.

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