Comments on: DSK, PPK, WTF A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: Astringues Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:41:45 +0000 I’m french and I lived in Peru in the late 90’s
It was Fujimori and Montesinos’ period and people in that country weren’t very happy (sorry for my language).
Just a thing about DSK : may be you can’t consider it, but France, as many european countries, is experiencing now the capitalism failure and its consecuencies : there is no place for an FMI CEO in the people’s hope !

By: siraca Wed, 23 Feb 2011 20:17:48 +0000 I’ve lost track of PPK over the past few years, but your put-down seems superficial. Your criticisms boil down to the man’s advanced age and the elites with whom he rubs shoulders.

Re: “PPK is a man of the past, a policy wonk who’s more interested in implementing policies than providing real leadership.” what does this mean? What’s wrong with a developed country being governed by a person who’s interested in “implementing policies”? I hope your idea of “real leadership” is not the populist demogoguery of a chavez or an evo morales or (to pick examples from both sides of the ideological divide) of an Alan Garcia (toned down in his most recent stint). True, PPK has disturbingly little in common with most of the people he would represent as president of Peru. It sounds like he has spent far too much time away from his country in the past decade. I myself worry that even with good policies a figure like PPK is too easy to accuse of technocratic elitism to have any hope of persuading a country to make tough choices.
But the case against PPK should be much more nuanced than your ageist, populist takedown.

By: mansa Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:22:21 +0000 I do not entirely share your negative opinion of DSK. Sarkozy billed his presidency as transformative. He has so far failed to move the needle, mostly because of the profound mismatch between his inflated ego and his competence. Sarko was always best at campaigning. He relishes the brawling, the invectives, the brash declarations and berating of opponents of a good old fashioned political fight. But when it comes to actually govern, his heart’s not really into it. His grasp of economics is shaky, his understanding of geopolitics is non-existent, and his ability to command loyalty from brilliant people is hindered by his notoriously flippant temperament.

So he’s surrounded by mediocre courtiers – case in point, the Foreign Minister whose family is in business with Ben Ali’s clan, and who declared in Parliament that she would really like to share France’s experience with policing and crowd control with the Ben Ali regime, 3 days before said Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia. So that’s the current French government. A bunch of demagogues devising policy on the fly, hoping to keep one step ahead of scandals and polls.

Sarko’s plan for the 2012 election is to have a national debate on Islam, so as to run up Le Pen’s daughter’s numbers and prevent the Left’s candidate to be in the runoff. A replay of 2002.

Compared to that, and notwithstanding his longtime problem with his voracious sexual appetite, DSK seems like the adult in the room.

By: y2kurtus Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:18:06 +0000 Yuck Felix…

The older and wiser the the canadate the longer the track record of successes and failures by which to judge him.

If you had to pick a someone to manage your company would you chose Buffett or Eddie Lampert? Both have great histories managing businesses… one for nearly 20 years one for over 60 years.

I’m 33 but hate the idea that a 73 year old can’t contribute their productive energy for the common good.

By: lemarin Wed, 23 Feb 2011 18:27:26 +0000 Sadly I’m not quite sure that the Obama/Cameron/Sarkozy generation will prove any better than the one that preceded it. The results aren’t very good so far.

This is the generation that breathed and lived the Washington consensus and knows no other world. I’m afraid we’ll have to wait another decade to have a political class that will rise up to the challenge.

By: EricVincent Wed, 23 Feb 2011 18:24:53 +0000 /vuvuzelas/