After the fall of
in 1940 Petain blamed the disaster on the French
people’s love of luxury and the soft life. As George Orwell remarked at the
time one only had to compare Petain’s lifestyle to that of an ordinary French
worker or peasant to understand what disgusting piffle this was; this being a
classic example of blaming the victims, a practice that has a long and
dishonourable history. France
Think on it, all those lazy sods, pretending to work amongst the longest hours in
Europe, working for the minimum wage enjoying a ‘culture of easy
There seems to be no end to the bare faced cheek of the bloated champagne Charlie’s and boardroom bullies with their bloated salaries, perks and bonus packages. Such remarks can be characterised as tumbrel statements of the ‘let them eat cake,’ variety; unfortunately what is missing in this case is the massed ranks of sans-culottes bearing down on the terrified figure of the verbally flatulent Mr Johnson.
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