Macron woes a oui bit fa­mil­iar, Ni­cola?

Scottish Daily Mail - - Weekender -

LIBERALS who lauded Pres­i­dent Macron, liken­ing him to JFK and the young Tony Blair, looked fool­ish as the tear gas roiled across Paris. First they tried to blame the far Right, say­ing they had in­fil­trated peace­ful marches. Now it’s clear the ‘gilets jaunes’ protests are a grass-roots move­ment, the liberals move the goal­posts. They wail their cen­trist dar­ling has sided with the rich elite, like our Brex­i­teers, and say it’s a warn­ing as we (pos­si­bly) quit the EU. Macron’s woes are a re­sult of his ob­ses­sion with ex­pand­ing the EU and tight­en­ing its stric­tures, his preen­ing on in­ter­na­tional is­sues while do­mes­tic pol­icy goes to pieces, and his sham­bolic tax poli­cies. It’s a warn­ing to lead­ers who fetishise the EU, think in­ter­na­tional lime­light suits them when re­ally it throws their flaws into re­lief, and who have a tax regime as nu­anced as a cow­pat on a snooker ta­ble. Oui, Madame Stur­geon – J’Ac­cuse...!

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