My latest loo read lasted slightly longer than anticipated. ‘Testimony’ by Nicolas Sarkozy is the first political tome that I’ve dared read, and as I expected it was 211 pages of wasp-nest construction material. It will most likely therefore be the last ever political tome I ever dare read.
In essence it’s a stream of conciousness by M. le President, covering off all his views on what needs to be done, and what he intends to do, to revive France’s spluttering economy. This translated version (you think I was going to read it in French?!) is aimed primarily at the American market (the word ‘Fall’ is in for ‘Autumn’). Quite why this is I am not entirely sure, because I am not convinced than many American readers would be particularly impressed with Uncle Nicolas’ views on trade.
Indeed, during last year’s election campaign, I was under the impression that Sarkozy was a free-market man. That he was pro-business, against protectionism and for low taxation. However, what is written there in black and white presents his views as rather grey on these matters. He talks about ‘experimenting’ with the economy, about taxing imported goods, about protecting French firms and French jobs.
The only clear idea he seems to have, is based around the idea of ‘working more to earn more’; of encouraging a work ethic in France. Which is something I cannot fault. But that is about it on the economy.
Other highlights (mediumlights really) include his statement of undying love for Cecilia (snigger snigger); and his idea that it should be possible to run the country’s finances without having to bow down to the finance ministry’s desire to slash spending in the face of huge national debt (he is currently trying to slash thousands of teaching jobs).
So, if I could vote, would I vote for him? In all likelihood, yes. He comes across as a hard-working and logical individual, and while he may be no economist, he is driven by action and a desire to see France reform, but the killer blow has to be …
… his new wife is an absolute scorcher!