|Hands off my culture!|
But now the government has rushed the bill through the Senate, cut down parliamentary debate time, and will ensure no doubt that it becomes law before Christmas.
Up until recently the two ideas of the nation had learned to live together, with a political swing from left to right every few years, just to keep the philosophical clock ticking. Most French people have always been traditionally-minded in all sorts of ways, and viewed politicans and the whole business of government with mistrust and some scorn. The real business of life was lived in families and communities just as it always had been, with attachment to tradition going hand in hand with organic change.
Political correctness, however, has come to mean that the views of the HOMMEN will soon have no droit de cité. They will have just have to shut up and be quiet, or radicalise. And there are as many of them around as there are disoriented, jobless Moslem boys in the inner cities ...
Inclusivity has long been a concern of the whole political class here, especially the left. Now they have screwed up big time. If they can manage to marginalise a whole generation of the best brought-up, best educated and most idealistic of their young people they are storing up trouble for the future.
Who knows what kind of meltdown will happen when there are more people on the margins than in the centre? It is likely to happen sooner than our rulers think.
And, just in case you thought these gentlemen were unthinking yobs ... they even quote Kipling :