One wonders whether Hollande, his party, and all those who voted for him seriously believed he could pursue his left-wing agenda without consequences? Those who did risk showing themselves stuck in a nation-centric past; prisoners of an outdated worldview which still assumes national borders are impermeable.
In Newham, the borough I was born and raised in, over 3,000 young people are unemployed. Across Britain, one million young people are unemployed. We have been called the lost generation, the scarred generation, the hopeless generation. We are not 'generation y', we are generation 'y is it so hard to get a job?'
The voluntary and community sector has always championed the rights and needs of the disadvantaged; fought for equality; and stood up for social justice. Now is the time to advocate these aims as never before. Cuts and many other government policies are taking the country in the opposite direction. Charities cannot ignore this.
Following the Autumn Statement last Tuesday big headlines came from a few little numbers - the UK's revised growth forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR). All were reduced, with the 2011 forecast down from 1.7% to 0.9%, 2012 from 2.5% to 0.7% and growth for the following three years predicted at 2.1%, 2.7% and 3%.