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Socialist class warriors divided over leaders' posh hotel rooms

The Local · 4 Dec 2010, 14:52

Published: 04 Dec 2010 14:52 GMT+01:00

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Former chairman of the party Oskar Lafontaine and current leader Klaus Ernst were booked into two four-star hotels during the Congress of European Left Parties in Paris last week, Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.

But the other 12 members of the delegation were put up in double rooms in a two-star hotel, creating resentment among the class warriors.

Adding insult to injury, although the delegates and Ernst stayed in hotels near the congress venue, Lafontaine was staying in a spa-hotel near the Louvre. Not only this, but originally it had been planned for a car to be sent from Berlin to Paris for him – but this was cancelled due to weather conditions.

Ernst was only invited as a guest, not as a delegate to the congress, but demanded a share of the limited speaking time assigned to the Germans.

Officially he and Lafontaine were present due to their positions as federal chairman and leader of the International Commission of the party respectively, the magazine reported, and thus responsible for maintaining contact with other parties of the European Left.

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19:03 December 4, 2010 by pepsionice
Well....a 2-star place in France...isn't the same as a 2-star in Germany (my humble opinion). The guys may have a point here. If we were talking about a two-star place in Turkey...it'd be a slum hotel.
14:53 December 5, 2010 by wood artist
In June of 1953, Minister of Mines Fritz Selbmann addressed a gathering of irate workers in East Berlin, stating "My dear colleagues. I, too, am only a worker."

He was laughed out of the place.

As always, within the socialist realm, some are more equal than others.

18:26 December 5, 2010 by yhsanjay
The leftists and socialists have more of comradeship and classiness among their top brass.They are mostly classy at the top.

The supporters remain where they where for decades and just support the leadership who flaunt their star status and so on.

A Member of Parliament from the Communist Party in India was among the crowd having a gala time at the restaurant in The Taj, Mumbai, a 5 star hotel, where the US President stayed during his Nov 2010 trip to India. The Communist MP was having his meals when the terrorists struck on 26/11. But for the attack, his name would have never been revealed.

The older days of true blue socialism is passe. Gone are the yesteryear leaders! There were hypocrites then too but not so many as of now.

Hypocrisy and double standards are hallmarks these days for many leftists.

Its better to shun Socialism once for all and turn right!
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