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Monday, February 06, 2006

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Why does French politics have such a hold on me? Perhaps because because the deeply elitist political culture creates a claustrophobia of personality, like in a soap opera. Every movement by one of the political actors has a massive impact on the others. I hear Israeli politics and Dutch business is like that as well, thanks to Israel's tiny population and the Netherlands's talent for making world-size companies with a Cameroon-sized population. By contrast, the recent leadership battles (Tory and the ongoing Lib Dems) for the British parties are like the three drawn-out installments of Henry VI as opposed to the Sarkozy vs. Villepin battle's resemblance to The Lion in Winter.