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Macron will do whatever his primary sponsors tell him to do - I suspect that he has very little discretion about actions or policy - French bankers own him from top to bottom.

Jun 18, 2018 at 4:45 PM | tomo

Macron's victory was celebrated by EU Progressives everywhere. As all Parties algned against Le Pen, their supporters currently have only one voice to listen to, in opposing Macron. French Bankers may ave bought into privatisation, but Unions will not publicly, though their Pension Funds might, based on the advice of their bankers.

A revolution in France would cause turmoil and bloodshed all over Europe. This would not be Unprecedented.

French Bankers may own Macron and look forward to Privatisation. If the Unions fight Macron, the Bankers may disown him..

Jun 18, 2018 at 5:25 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Jun 18, 2018 at 4:45 PM | tomo

I am not a pilot, but have co-piloted single engined jobbies with proper control rods and cables! The only electronic chips were in the GPS (functional) and the radio (not always functional)

Jun 18, 2018 at 5:09 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie


Macron will do whatever his primary sponsors tell him to do - I suspect that he has very little discretion about actions or policy - French bankers own him from top to bottom.

Electrical actuation has considerable advantages over hydraulics and direct rods and levers in many applications especially if combined with good software. Unfortunately broken software isn't treated with the seriousness it deserves (ah... just turn it off and on again...) and the design philosophy of deskilling the operator with software rather than providing intuitive feedback and enhanced control to the meatsack at the wheel is going to end badly.

Ask an aircraft pilot....

Jun 18, 2018 at 4:45 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Jun 18, 2018 at 2:29 PM | tomo

Today's car mechanics are stuck without a computer to tell them which electronic gizmo has stopped working causing the mysterious engine problem.

By hook or by crook, diesels became the engine of choice. By design of hook and crook, now they are not. Consumers pay over the odds again.

Aircraft designers said they had sorted out all the problems with Fly by Wire technology before releasing it to the World. They lied. The prospect of driverless juggernauts is not appealing.

Jun 18, 2018 at 4:43 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Jun 18, 2018 at 3:36 PM | Mark Hodgson

Is Macron going to adopt Margaret Thatcher's views on Europe, aswell as Privatisation?

French Governments cannot stand up against massed demonstrations and strikes. The Establishment and their enforcement agencies can't go against the will of the people. Well, they have not succeeded yet, and French Unions are unlikely to give up their raison d'étre now.

Jun 18, 2018 at 4:23 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

On the state of things in France:

"France’s Le Maire set to unveil inflammatory privatization bill
Macron’s government is getting ready to sell off its stakes in national giants — but the opposition is howling and rail strikes are grinding on."

Jun 18, 2018 at 3:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson


I doubt that VW-Audi know the entirety / detail of the software running in their ECUs - it's been quite common over the years for programmers to install all sorts of stuff in embedded code - I've seen an array of silly stuff shoved in production code - Moore's Law has ensured that there's always been enough elbow room for "extra code"

Narrowly passing through the constraints of the prescribed test is what it's about. The complexity of engine and other ECU code is sometimes quite surprising to a newcomer... (I'm not an expert but have poked about a bit)

Facets of code development that few in traditional engineering businesses are familiar with are coding principles, practice and testing.... - to the point where things can go very pear shaped indeed. There's also the plain daft operational decisions like the ones taken with Uber's autonomous Volvo XC90 last March

The advent of the much hyped autonomous car is going to be littered with software problems and yes .... fatal cheats...

Jun 18, 2018 at 2:29 PM | Registered Commentertomo

"For decades industry has sought to pass the actual tests no more and no less."

Jun 18, 2018 at 1:41 PM | tomo

Agreed. That is what has happened in construction, to "achieve compliance", apart from Grenfell possibly, and others?

Volkswagen Audi must have been very confident about the actual procedure for Emissions Testing to design their engine management systems to know WHEN to cheat. Having a computer chip that could switch between two different modes, and be programmed with more, is not difficult (it would be for me though)

Jun 18, 2018 at 2:09 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Also on Marr activist about gulf claimed "Climate Change ...the temperatures are rising Kuwait City has the record the hottest PLACE on Earth"

Em not it doesn't I can see one day there it reached 54C
We had a 56C in The Atacama Desert..and Death Valley

Jun 18, 2018 at 1:47 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen


I don't know that the matter has been actively suppressed - the legislators seem often driven by ignorant but vehement activists and take the activists assurances that something they lobby about is essentially sensible and true (often not the case as we know) There is overt collusion between the eco-activists and the legislators.

The regulators set up a battery of tests to ensure compliance - the narrow scope of the tests is festooned with procedures to be followed - few will do extra work to comply with stuff not elaborated in the scoping and that includes real world on the road vehicle testing. For decades industry has sought to pass the actual tests no more and no less.

The manufacturers need to take a robust attitude to the activists lobbying but the strong emotional content and political expediency of being seen to be doing something make that a challenging undertaking.

Throw in some lawyers and you've quite a toxic brew.

The EPA's opening of this Pandora's box wasn't motivated by high principles - simple misdirection and self preservation drove the VW PR and legal fireworks display that kicked off this stuff.

Jun 18, 2018 at 1:41 PM | Registered Commentertomo

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