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No one, I presume, is compelling the French state not to follow the proposed new rules without the need for them to be written into the constitution. Could it be that the politicians would not want to be blamed for expenditure cuts, so they do not want any discretion not to make them?
Why is this sort of gesture so attractive to politicians?
Duh, this is the belief du jour: the ideology you must profess to appear as one of the Serious PeopleTM. It positions Sarkozy right next to Merkel, away from the profligate tax-and-spend Socialists.
Expressing the faith is enough by the way: Sarkozy has never followed that rule himself and, even if written into the Constitution, it has plenty of loopholes to allow wiggle room. And Sarkozy isn't the kind of guy who'll let a rule decide what he can or cannot do.
No, the main, if only, interest of the rule for Sarkozy is as a weapon to attack the Socialist and run for re-election next year; that's all. "Irresponsible" is the prevailing adjective lobbed at the Socialists: irresponsible for refusing this "common sense rule", irresponsible for opposing the teachers job cuts and calling for 50000 new teachers hiring in the next 5 years (François Hollande yesterday), ... The trend is well established by now.
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