“And gradually she lost her fear, and he
Offered his breast for her virgin caresses,
His horns for her to wind with chains of flowers,
Until the princess dared to mount his back,
Her pet bull’s back, unwitting whom she rode.
Then – slowly, slowly down the road, dry beach –
First in the shallow waves the great god set,
His spurious hooves, then sauntered further out,
’til in the open sea he bore his prize,
Fear filled her as, gazing back, she saw,
The fast receding sands. Her right hand grasped,
A horn, the other lent upon his back,
Her fluttering tunic floated in the breeze.”
– Ovid, speaking of the Goddess Europa in Metamorphoses Book II
Rather self-consciously flicking back her corn blonde hair and speaking in a flood of Franglais, Marion Marechal-Le Pen, stood mesmerising the audience of the National Conservative Conference in Rome with her words:
“Conservatism is not a fixed doctrine, it is above all a disposition of mind.”
Her seductive, accented voice continuing:
“There are so many different expressions of the conservative disposition. The genius of each people is translated in its own way into the universal need for the self-preservation of society. The particularity of the true conservative movement is not just to slow down the march of progressivism. We propose a radically different path.”
A round of applause echoes around the hall.
“We are all defending a common vision of mankind and its natural extension, the national community. We are the new-‘ism’ of this century. Why? – because we know we defend all the needs of the human soul – order, freedom, obedience, responsibility, honor and security. All the needs that are essential to human beings and that progressivism is refusing to satisfy. Without meeting these needs there can be no civilisation, no emancipation, no happiness. We refuse relativism. We believe in natural law. We believe in universal etiquette. We think that individuals cannot be the only compass of society.”
Then, raising the tempo:
“We conservatives know that neither mankind or nation can only be reduced to intellectual constructions. They are real, sensitive, linguistic, cultural, spiritual realities. We are trying to connect the past to the future, the nation to the world, the family to the society, economy to politics, trade to borders, the person to the common-good. We represent realism and ‘they’ represent ideology. We embody memory, while they are amnesia. We belong to historical continuity, while they focus on the next IPO or next election.”
The speaker daring to make a transgressive comparison: “The Yellow Vests are the French equivalent of the Brexiteers!” Before turning to the plight of her own nation:
“There is a specific French expression of freedom and reason but what remains of this in an era of ideological delusion like post-colonial studies? What remains of it in a time of the restriction of free speech and intellectual terrorism?”
Responding to such a situation by describing the current trajectory of Macron’s multicultural hell-hole:
“France was considered for centuries to be the hand-maiden of the church but what is left of that when my country turns into the back-door for Salafism and 150 districts are in the hands of Islamists. Every day in France Christian churches are ransacked and the media are indifferent. France is a nation of emancipated women and gallantry but what is left of this in an age of gender fluidity, inclusiveness and neo-feminism”.
Returning to the revolutionary mantra:
“Liberty, Equality and Fraternity! – Only the last one that cannot be imposed – Brotherhood – is a loyalty, it is a feeling!”
Ms Le Pen analysing the situation thus:
“Conservatives are the ones best equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century – population explosion, social divide, ecological exhaustion, anthropological revolution and the future of our European continent. We need a European balance of power. Only an alliance of strong national governments can win the struggle with the EU!”
Then setting out her objectives:
“Unlike progressives we want to live in a civilisation and not a market.The population movements we are currently experiencing is only the beginning. We have no choice but to close our borders, preserve our territories, our ecosystems and our landscapes. Do not believe the stupid mantra ‘Global Problems – Global Solutions!’. Free markets should not be a religion”.
Ending emphatically with a very significant symbolic cultural reference:
“I am sure everyone still remembers the terrible image of Notre Dame De Paris being devoured by flames. Eight centuries of civilisation almost disappeared before our eyes… In the face of these flames, the French felt an intense need to preserve and the emotion did not stop there because not all went up in smoke – the foundations and the walls held by a miracle and everything that was essential was saved – statues, crucifixes, stained-glass windows – even the proud Gallic cockerel – the symbol of our nation was found almost intact after the collapse of the spire. Some saw this has evidence of a dying society. Some say it was a wake up call to the vulnerability of our heritage. I prefer to see it as a promise of hope. That of a still standing foundation of our society in spite of the perils of our times and even a call to rebuild this roof that protects us and this spire that connects us to heaven!”
Thrilling sentiments, spoken defiantly with an air of triumphant eloquence by an inspired orator. A role model for all of Europe to follow in the coming months and years.