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.
Two things George omitted to mention; first, he branded Brits, quite accurately I think, as "a nation of shopkeepers," second, far from being tried and executed for war crimes, Boney died of old age on the Island of St Helena.
We are returning to a nation of shopkeepers when Lidl alone provides employment for 17,000 people.
The Shipping Forecast now falls under M&B's 'Castle' brand of 'eclectic urban pubs', with many of them located in London and several in other northern cities such as Bungalows & Bears in Sheffield and Nation of Shopkeepers in Leeds.
You might just as easily argue that it is the finest example of the nation of shopkeepers living up to our Napoleonic billing.
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.
We may still be a nation of shopkeepers but very few of those shopkeepers understand the appeals process.
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.