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Signs of Hope – A continuing series – Week 14, April 6, 2017 April 6, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. jc - April 6, 2017

Mélenchon is up to 17% in the two most recent opinion polls. Is there some hope for the left getting into the run-off if people shift to him from Hamon to make their votes count? In any event, there seems to be a consistent aggregate 30% support level for explicitly socialist/social democratic platforms — not bad considering Macron has grabbed so much of the center ground.

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GW - April 6, 2017

Unfortunately not – because of the ‘first two past the post’ structure of the 5th republic presidential elections.

Mélenchon has been doing well, largely at the expense of Hamon. If at this late stage Hamon was to throw in the towel and persuade his supporters to switched Mélenchon, then theoretically you’d have three candidates at about the 25% support level.

To have a left candidate run off against Le Pen or Macron would be great – but unfortunately the left does what it does best again, and relations between Hamon & Mélenchon…I’ll leave you to fill in the rest.

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2. GW - April 6, 2017

I always find it hopeful at this time of year when the children come out to play with the warmer weather on the bit of green and ‘calmed’ tarmac and pavements by our block of flats.

They leave behind them huge imaginative drawings on the pavements done in those thick coloured chalks – you know the kind that pavement artists use.

Scooters seem to have replaced snakey articulated skateboards as the toy of choice.

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3. 6to5against - April 6, 2017

I choose to see the story about the Irish Women’s Soccer team as a victory for trade unionism as well as decency.

That gives me something approximating hope…..

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