But there is one thing I do give a fig about: democracy. And never more so than now.
In the aftermath of yesterday’s French regional elections anybody who proclaims to value democracy should be very, very worried. Marine Le-Pen’s Front National party gained over 6.5 million votes translating to about 28% of the overall share, while Sarkhozy’s centre right party obtained around 26% and Hollande’s centre left party gained about 23%.
By any logic you deploy the Front National won the election.
So terrified were the political elite of the rising popularity of Marine Le Pen’s party, Sarkhozy and Hollande joined forces to ensure that the FN could not gain control of any of France’s 11 regions. Effectively, political opposites ganged up in a cynical attempt to subvert democracy. And it worked too.
But as ‘victories’ come they don’t get more hollow than this. Sunday 13th December 2015 was nothing more than a stain on French democracy.
Predictably the media elite from the BBC to the Guardian and the New York Times have been shouting their joy form the rooftops. ‘FN Routed’ they salivated. For ‘routed’ read ‘stitched-up,’ because that is what happened on Sunday 13th February to this once proud republic.
Labour MP Diane Abbot couldn’t conceal her glee as she dutifully followed the BBC line: FN Routed, tweeted the far-left MP. Perhaps she was just a little confused. Perhaps she’s just unsure of the meaning of ‘to rout.’
It was the Labour party who were routed in this year’s UK elections. As for the FN their vote has increased from 9% to 30%. Some routing.
As news filtered through that the Front National had indeed amassed more than 6.5 million votes – their best ever result in a regional election - the media elite toned down their glee, ‘routed’ became ‘blocked out.’ It was a rare moment of sobriety in what has become a less than edifying display of triumphalism.
Okay, fine. Sarkhozy and Hollande’s ploy worked a treat and 28% of the French electorate have been cynically disenfranchised. Now if that’s not good reason to crack open the champagne with the BBC, I don’t know what is.
So where exactly does this leave democracy I wonder. Remember that ancient tradition? In tatters, that’s where.
That Sarkhozy and Hollande could jump into bed together so easily demonstrates if nothing else that politics is effectively now run by a single political party. It just happens to have different names in different countries: Republican and Socialist in France. Labour and Tory in the UK. The result is the same.
Either way its members belong to the same political elite. They invariably study at elite institutions such as the Sorbonne or Oxbridge. Comrades from university days go on to write propaganda for the likes of The Guardian or Le Monde, while others produce ‘objective’ news reports for organisations like the BBC.
Primrose Hill, Notting Hill and Hampstead village are their residences of choice for UK members. French and Belgian counterparts prefer the swankier suburbs of Paris and Brussels respectively. This new political class eat the same, drink the same and think the same.
On Sunday evening they proved it.
A similar situation exists in the UK where 4 million votes for UKIP netted a solitary MP in the House of Commons. Worryingly, the political elite of LabCon whole-heartedly approve of this scenario.
One of their number, when interviewed, endorsed the UK system and declared that it produced ‘stable’ government – a singularly chilling phrase if ever there was one.
What he meant to say was that the UK essentially has, like France, an elitist one party political system masquerading under two names. This centralist LabCon coalition party is one and the same thing, pro-mass immigration, pro-EU, pro-Islam, anti-nation state etc.
Once upon a time the people of France revolted in order to rid themselves of a decadent and arrogant ruling class, one that held the people in contempt. Two hundred years ago the French proletariat said ‘enough.’
On Sunday, the views of 6.5 million French citizens were treated with just the same if not more contempt than was ever seen or heard at the court of Louis XIV.
The French elections were not fought at the ballot box, they were planned in the back room offices of bureaucrats and rubber stamped at secret meetings, a series of events which apparently delighted the BBC and friends.
Just what were the elite so afraid of? That the Front National would prove to be popular? That their own failings and incompetency would be cruelly exposed? Not only that, the thought of the implementation of a sensible immigration policy horrified them. For without the support of hundreds of millions of Africans and Asians immigrants, their dream of presiding over a Eurabian superstate would lie in tatters.
This Eurabian superstate incidentally is the brainchild of a certain Richard Nikolaus Von Coudenhove-Kalergi - an individual whose genocidal cravings make those of Hitler look modest in comparison. Look him up, do. But be warned, his rantings make for uncomfortable reading.
I sincerely hope it won’t take another revolution to rid that once noble country of corruption, arrogance and contempt, but with a single elitist party now in control and one furthermore that is prepared to cling to power at any cost, I have a dreadful feeling that’s precisely what it will take.
Two hundred years ago the French people finally despatched an arrogant and contemptuous ruling elite, one that was rotten to the core.
History has a habit of repeating itself or so they say. For the sake of democracy we must hope this is true. For Sunday's events in France have proved beyond all measure of doubt that the people have a new enemy - an enemy that despises them every bit as any aristocrat ever did.
The new aristocrats of Europe are undoubtedly the political elite. And like their spiritual ancestors who resided in the decadent courts of Versailles and beyond, removing them, as Sunday proved all too clearly, will never be achieved via the ballot box.
Vive la Revolution?