Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Opinion

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President-elect Hollande

It will be interesting to see what happens next if Francois Hollande keeps his promises as French president. Early retirement for state employees, 75 per cent tax and so on. Basically they are going to do what the British left want - more state spending, higher taxes ...


Could be 1968 revisited, tripping the barricades in Paris. Much more fun than the Olympics.


Where do you think the high earners in France will go if they don't like it? Britain may be attractive. Not too far away not to make regular visits home and bung their mums a few grand in cash. Earn a few bob to pave the way for their preferred candidate in the next election and line their pockets more thickly after that.


On the plus side, Hollande will demonstrate whether increasing public spending, lowering retirement age and taxing high earners is sound economic policy. If it works for them, we can implement it, too.


I loved the accordion on stage in Tulle after Hollande's acceptance speech. …

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