Nation of Shopkeepers


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Nation of Shopkeepers

name disdainfully given to Britain by Napoleon Bonaparte. [Fr. Hist.: Wheeler, 256]
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The remembrance of such a fact surely becomes a nation of shopkeepers.
Make the high street cheap to visit, affordable to trade on, vibrant and exciting, and we can once again be a nation of shopkeepers.
Being a nation of shopkeepers is ingrained in our cultural identity and consumer pride in the sector endures.
RITAIN has turned from a nation of shopkeepers into a nation of drop seekers.
To catapult Filipinas into a nation of shopkeepers, as Napoleon once insulted England in happier times, may lack the heady glamour of vast alliances, but it will define us most clearly, not as a Yankee ward, but as deeply committed to a prosperous life for all people in all nations.
It was during this miserable period that he famously referred to England as a nation of shopkeepers, a description which, though meant to be disparaging (it sounds so much better in French - une nation de boutiquiers), tends to be looked upon approvingly by small business owners.
Wales is a nation of shopkeepers, and those small firms are the lifeblood of the Welsh economy; which is why they need support to develop and grow.
Yet others would have you abandon online shopping altogether and celebrate Britain's status as a nation of shopkeepers by visiting bricks and mortar stores.
When Napoleon Bonaparte called us a nation of shopkeepers we were more flattered than insulted.
It was Adam Smith rather than Napoleon who first proposed that the English are a nation of shopkeepers.
We are a nation of shopkeepers and proud of it and this government, too, wants to see thriving local shops and traders and busy high streets.
The sad fact, though, is that they have not moved in at the expense of the ruddy-faced greengrocers and cheery butchers of yore, but because that nation of shopkeepers has been put out of business by superstores, by online shopping and out-of-town malls, and by unsustainable rates.