July 30, 2009
And in honour of Morocco's throne day, ten year retrospectives
Ten years, M6 in power as leading Maghrebi jetski king (okay, only Maghrebi Jetski-ing king), as well as not too terrible economic reformer. In fact, I have quite the soft spot for him and the country, relative to King Dad. Well, and The Neighbour. And I have to give him a nod over Ben Ali if for no other reason than he gets to wear the super Makhzani costume, which is in fact much cooler than Italian suits, however well tailored.
So besides the mega pardons that are always up on Throne Day, and doubtless major this time round for the Big Ten, what can we say. As I am lazy, let's just link.
AFP: Morocco's king pledges more reforms after first decade (eh fairly boring)
Les dix ans de règne de Mohamed VI fêtés par un Maroc en chantier - VIE POLITIQUE POLITIQUE ECONOMIQUE POLITIQUE SOCIALE (better, but French.... but that's always the case on the Maghreb)
Okay, my quick word then in honour of M6's tenth anniversary. Taking realistic expectations as the benchmark, and having a fairly sour view of "democratisation" potential without a solid middle class, M6 has been a solid B student in terms of boring but useful economic reforms and infrastructure development, in a region where the average ruler grade is in the C- to D range. Hopefully economic growth will continue there, and the Big Skier will not fall into a second decade doldrums.
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And I have to give him a nod over Ben Ali if for no other reason than he gets to wear the super Makhzani costume, which is in fact much cooler than Italian suits, however well tailored
Call me classist, but this sums it up perfectly:
"Passer de Hassan II à Ben Ali, c'est descendre de l'aristocratie du crime à la médiocrité lugubre d'un voyou de sous-préfecture"
Ah yes, indeed.
BTW, this reminds me I owe you a response on your questions.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at July 31, 2009 05:52 AM
People who live in glass houses shouldn't stow thrones.
Posted by: mch at July 31, 2009 02:36 PM
No rush khouya, I know what being swamped or being chronically late at emails is. A skill we share.