Magazine article The Spectator

Great News

Magazine article The Spectator

Great News

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High life

New York

Happiness is returning to the Bagel after a Southampton, Long Island, weekend of tennis and shooting, and receiving a telephone call from Sebastian Taylor in St Tropez announcing Jean-Marie Le Pen's great victory. Happiness is also seeing pictures of Socialists crying as the results are coming in. Finally, happiness is reading one Paul Krugman (an ex-Enron consultant, now yet another embarrassing columnist in the Big Bagel Times) compare Le Pen's France to George W. Bush's America and warn Americans that fascism is doing fine in the land of Uncle Sam.

Krugman's ravings comparing an overrun-by-Muslims, highly centralised and highly taxed France to America are not only bad journalism, but also plain stupid. Warning that Representative Tom DeLay presents a fascist threat from the `biblical worldview' Right wing shows only desperation. Better go back to Enron, Krugman, writing is a bit more complicated than the 'consulting' you're used to. And I better go back to the best news I've had since Bill Clinton's impeachment.

Le Pen came to Greece during the midEighties, and my father gave a glittering reception for him. I was proud to sit next to the great man, and even prouder when we emerged from my father's hotel to be greeted by smelly rent-a-mob thugs howling insults. I gave the mob the Greek version of the finger, and it went crazy with fury. There is nothing more enjoyable than watching professional leftists scream abuse at their infinite superiors. Incidentally, one of the first wreaths to arrive when my daddy died was from Le Pen.

All the French did last Sunday was to vote their loathing of their own politicians. After Le Grand Charles and the magnificent George Pompidou, it's been all downhill. Giscard was a pompous corporatist and social climber. Mitterrand had a great intellect, but was probably a collaborator who even faked an assassination attempt. His personal failings overshadow his intellectual strengths. Chirac is a hack politician, like Blair, relying on spin and evasion. He will now have seven more years of feeding off the public trough, but he has been warned. What a divine irony. After the most disgusting government of Europe (the Belgian) threatened sanctions against the nicest people of Europe (the Austrians) over Haider, and the most charming (the Italians) over Berlusconi, come the French and Le Pen. …

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