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Sunday, February 15, 2004

Populism and the French 

The French. The French rail network is regarded as superior to our own and their commercial structure is akin to ours of the early twentieth century - lots of small shops, independent craftsmen and smallholders. They still have a film industry of note and a culture they can call their own. They resist foreign words creeping into the French language, and they manage to have cafes which are not filled with lager louts.

What's more - some 20% of people cared enough about their country to support the retention of such things by voting for Le Pen, compared to the 2% or so who support patriotic parties in Britain. They have patriotic eco-campaigners like Jose Bove, all we get are lefties like Porritt. Nearly half the French wanted to keep the Franc, despite a barrage of pro-EURO propaganda and the fact that they have been in the EU from the start. Their workers defend their livelihoods by striking, but unfortunately we simply sit back and watch our jobs evaporate to India and the Far East, and say "what can you do?". Their protectionism is something to learn from yet some Euro-Sceptics still cling to free trade because it is the "Anglo-Saxon model" and supposedly part of our tradition. They look after their old folk, we let ours die of hypothermia.

We knock the French - yet secretly we admire them for having the guts to stand up to the Americans and pursue a policy of France First! We may have been superior during the war (we stood firm whilst they collapsed) but now we have sunk so low that they are the role model, not us.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

The Populist Party Forum 

The Populist Party forum has been launched on:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/populistparty/"

Friday, February 13, 2004

The Populist Party is a British political movement, formed in 1997. Russell White is the founder and leader. This blog is a collection of some of the articles and thoughts of the creators of British Populism.

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