Where would Telegraph readers rather live - socialist France or coalition Britain?
City AM’s Allister Heath is just the latest person to hit out at the French socialist government of Francois Hollande.
The bad news is coming thick and fast for our Gallic neighbours. The country is back in recession, unemployment is rising and, as a consequence, President Hollande’s poll numbers are at rock bottom.
This Heath blames on the country’s “overbearing state, horrendously high tax levels, insane regulations, absurd levels of inefficient public spending and generalised hatred of commerce, capitalism, success and hard work”.
“France’s socialist experiment is turning into a tragedy,” he adds.
It appears that Hollande has taken messages of this sort to heart, for he is promising supply-side economic reforms which have been branded a “betrayal” by the French Communist Party, among others.
It is perhaps predictable that the right should gloat at the failure of Hollande’s socialist party to kick-start the economy. But is France really as bad as City AM says it is?
Let’s ask readers of the Telegraph, shall we? Where would they rather live – socialist France or coalition Britain?
Will the last person to leave France please turn out the lights. Oh but wait. What’s this?
Dear French men and women, if you should happen to catch any Telegraph readers washing up on your handsome shores, please be sure to send them stright back. We wouldn’t want them leeching off your country’s generous (socialist) welfare state, after all.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.