Sunday, February 15, 2004
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