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A LEOPARD DOESN'T CHANGE ITS SPOTS....
Or something to that effect. But, you'll know what I mean.
Well, today the SPD demonstrated again it will never change its (bad) spots. And voters were reminded (subtely) why they fell out of love with the SPD and won't vote for it in September.
This is how it happened: Last Friday chancellor Schr?der admitted in parliament (in his no-confidence debate) that his party was split on the Agenda 2010 (the official plan for reform being implemented at this point) and that "left-leaning" members of the SPD have threatened to break-away and "undo" all which has been done in the name of the Agenda 2010 to date.
This threat must have been a real one, because Schr?der included it in his list of reasons for a confidence vote.
Three days later he stood on a podium in Berlin and said the election campaign programme (39 pages) of the SPD (published today) had the backing of the whole party and (important) it did not deviate from the Agenda 2010 - therefore he (Schr?der) also backed it.
Now, now. What is the truth?
Does it, or doesn't it deviate from the Agenda 2010? If it doesn't, what suddenly happened to all the dissidents in the SPD which had made it so difficult (no, impossible) to rule further....
No doubt, the media will reveal the truth behind the "truth" in coming days.
If, at the end of it, you are left with a bad taste in the mouth, remember the leopard's (bad) spots are forever.
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