|High visibility indeed|
Is this one a bit different? Most commentators seem to think so. These gilets jaunes have no obvious leadership or explicit demands - even of the Trotskyite 'impossibilist' kind like a two-day working week, three months of paid holiday and retirement at 45, per the usual French nonsense. Instead, it would appear to be a distinctively Gallic version of the 'neither Left nor Right', broadly incoherent general dissatisfaction with the status quo that many identified in the Brexit referendum. We read that in Paris there is no leadership, and that people putting themselves forward as representatives are liable to be attacked (physically) for doing so. Pretty much anarchy, then.
Back in that 2016 episode I wrote this:
In the red corner, a mob known as Nuit Debout, who ... are probably what Momentum would like to be when they grow a pair - so we may see some copycat action in due courseAnd that's the point for us here in Blighty. How long before someone is mass-purchasing the hi-vis and it all kicks off here? And who will it be?
We may be sure Momentum are strategising like hell on this. What if we start something - and then we find it's out of our control? Or hijacked by the Tommy Robinson brigade? But if we don't start it ourselves, it'll just happen anyway ... Maybe it will dish Corbyn ... Gotta do something to capitalise ...
Back at the time of our own incoherent rioting, the criminal-carnival events of the summer of 2011, one of our esteemed BTL commenters posted (anonymously) that the disenchanted, under-employed generation of graduates that was festering in its bedsits and parental back-bedrooms would provide the 'officer class' that would make the next round of civil unrest an altogether more terrifying affair. Momentum is a related phenomenon. Potential trigger events are not difficult to envisage. Crunch-time for UK 'democratic' politicians may be coming soon: what will they do?
Maybe we will be glad that Macron gets to face it first. What will he do?
UPDATE: just took a look at Momentum's www and twitter - no mention of France. They really haven't come up with a Line on this one yet.