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Well Bless My Heart

Oh, what an honour, what a blessing! Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz have deemed the great, filthy, unwashed masses of Trier to be worthy of basking in their glory. Both have scheduled rallies in front of the Porta Nigra. As you will know, the 19th Bundestag will be elected 24 September. Why anyone would choose to have a rally in Trier is beyond me. The seat, Wahlkreis Trier, is safe CDU. Trier itself might only be marginally CDU, but the surrounding cities have heavy concentrations of centre-right voters. Will I go to either rally? Oh, heavens no! I only hope it doesn’t interfere with my weekly shopping trip.

I’ve made up my mind to cast my two votes for Howling Laud Hope and the Official Monster Raving Loony Party. This means that I’ll spoil my ballot, but will at least have the quiet satisfaction of having given myself a chuckle. Anything else would give me a deflated feeling.

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  1. August 20, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Maybe they have other, coincidental reasons for coming to see you. Could it be the food, the architecture or the presence of famous, highly intelligent Charioteers?

  2. August 20, 2017 at 10:02 am

    The food in Trier is unremarkable. I fear that Trier’s symbolism might just play a role. Schulz is a rabid EU fanatic. Merkel’s is more restrained, but still strongly Brussels-centred platform. Trier has effectively become an exurb of Luxembourg City and is highly integrated, economically, demographically and socially into the Saar-Lor-Lux Euro Region. The Porta Nigra is the city’s famous Roman gate and is a favourite site for Euromilitants to stage demonstrations. In theory, the Basilica would be a better site due to it being the former Roman imperial throne room, but there is precious little in the way of space. As for the presence of Charioteers, highly intelligent or otherwise — my falling firmly in the latter category — I doubt it. We’re not generally known for our love of Brussels or Euroknavery!

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