The election isn't today though - the economy isn't getting better in the next six months, especially with the obstructionist policies of Congress.
I still don't see France as right wing. Just nationalist. They often overlap but aren't necessarily the same thing. At its heart France is still a place which will strike at any time
The Rethugs were i power in the US, got turfed.
Labour was in power in the UK, got turfed.
There is no such thing as a left wing in Israel
CDU-CSU lost ground in the 2008 German elections, having to go into Coalition with the FDP (this is bringing back memories of my advanced High School History, all these acronyms - topped the State ftr )
The Spanish PP won the 2011 elections after losing the 2008 elections, which were held before the worst of the GFC/ any of the Eurozone Crisis.
Belgium is a joke and should really be part of France. They offer nothing.
The Greeks had two cracks at getting a majority government.
I exclude Howard from this phenomenon because the GFC hadn't hit at all outside the US before he was rissoled here in November 2007.
Broadly, I think there's a world wide shift away from incumbents. It's even happening here, where a bloke like Tony Abbott, long regarded as the resident nutter on the side of the Tory filth in this country, looks like becoming PM if the current polling stands. And doing so in a land slide, despite us having 5% unemployment, 2% inflation, 3.5% interest rates and the fastest growth in the developed world.
Put simply, people are ungrateful ****s here.
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There's a shift away from incumbents, but there's always growth towards extremist right and left groups during times like these.
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Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
Yeah basically if you're sensible, measured and willing to compromise no one wants any part of you
I think the problem is Gillard can't seem to keep people like Rudd in their place and she's being a "nice" PM, rather than the snarky bastard that she could be. She looks weak, and people don't like that.
i've seen gillard merrily eviscerate reporters who stepped out of line. didn't help her
do you think people will be allowed to make violins?
who's going to make the violins?
I mean, any chance Gillard had of being seen as nice went on the window when she you know became PM
Now Kevin Rudd, there's a dickhead seen as nice.
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