No Thanks! – Non Merci!

Merci non

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An article in The Independent newspaper yesterday prompted me to set up the No Thanks! blog and to make this my first post.

And the French? Best to quote from The Independent

“Non merci” said the poster behind Pierre Trudeau, the former Prime Minister of Canada, as he spoke against independence for Quebec during the 1980 referendum campaign.

If you read the article you’ll see that Douglas Alexander, UK shadow Foreign Secretary, came up with the idea that it would be a great slogan for the campaign previously-known as ‘Better Together’ (it still is actually).

He was right. Some Scottish nationalists seem to have conspiracy theories about the course of Quebec’s independence referendums, but ‘Non Merci’ worked and Quebec is still part of a diverse and united Canada.

Oh, and Pierre Trudeau, as if I needed to say, was French Canadian himself. I don’t know if he was called a ‘traitor’ or a ‘quisling,’ words bandied around too often by the so-called ‘Cybernats.’ I hope not. I’m old enough to remember that he was a good leader of his country and a decent guy.

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