French Suffering Double-Dip Recession

France’s statistics agency this morning cut its measure of GDP at the start of the year, showing the €uro area’s second largest economy slipped into a recession for the second time during the pandemic. Emmanuel Macron will be looking enviously at Brexit Britain’s imminent bounce back boom…

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HMS Severn En Route to Jersey

In March 2018, in a little noticed move, the Ministry of Defence announced that £12.7 million had been allocated from the EU Exit Preparedness Fund to HMS Severn and her two sister ships, a precaution in case they should they be required to control and enforce UK waters and fisheries following Brexit. This now looks to have been a wise precaution…

The French threat to blockade Jersey would cut off medical supplies and food on top of a now withdrawn threat to cut the supply of electrical power to the population of Jersey. These are hostile threats verging on a siege by France. A robust response from the Royal Navy is exactly what is required…

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Why Macron’s Virus Recovery Slogan is Uncontroversial

Over in France they too are having a phased easing of lockdown. Macron’s slogan can be translated as “Save Lives, Remain Prudent”.

In tone barely distinguishable from “Save Lives, Stay Alert”, yet the slogan is entirely uncontroversial in Parisian media circles. The key difference is Macron does not face a Brexit-deranged media class who see it as their job to usurp the official opposition party. Our impartial broadcasters now prefer to spend their time “holding the government to account” rather than reporting on the government. Guido could not name even a handful of broadcasters with Brexit sympathies.

So it is relevant to note that according to a YouGov snap poll, 76% of Remainers think only the old “Stay home, Protect the NHS, Save lives” slogan makes it clear what they are supposed to do. The same poll finds that 41% of Leavers think both the old and the new slogans are clear, Tory supporters are three times as likely Labour supporters to agree. The reality is that now the pandemic’s peak has passed, normal politics has resumed. The ability to comprehend government slogans seems to be negatively-correlated with sympathy for the government’s objectives…

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Parisian Mayoral Candidate Pulls Out After Sext Video Goes Viral

Macron’s candidate for the mayor of Paris has pulled out of the race. Benjamin Griveaux had spent his campaign thus far trying to swell support by repeatedly emphasizing family values and his “fanatic faith”. He constantly talked up his family and family life, saying “it was my children who gave new meaning to my political commitment” and “I love [my wife] very much. I would not do what I do if she had not been there”.

The reasons behind Griveaux’s presumably hard decision to quit comes after a chat with a young girl that got out of hand. Starting off with the candidate declaring “family and children are a prison” and the conversation climaxing with Griveaux sexting her some very x-rated videos of him pleasuring himself. Some who have seen the videos have been impressed, saying they would vote for him based on his firm stance alone. Guido is surprised the affair ended Griveaux’s career – if anything he embodies traditional French values…

The man behind the leak? Russian performance artist Petr Pavlensky – most famous for nailing his scrotum down in Moscow’s Red Square as a protest against Russia’s police state. Now he’s nailed down Griveaux’s ‘family values’ hypocrisy…

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Panta-Loon!

Francois Ruffin, a newly minted left-wing member of the Assemblée Nationale, managed to bring proceedings to a halt by failing to tuck his shirt in:

Guido would have got a detention at school for being this scruffy. In a similar sartorial situation Bercow would probably allow matters to proceed…

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Rich’s Monday Morning View

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