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Opinion: Gareth Davies, MP for Stamford, Bourne and Grantham, on why 'a nation of shopkeepers' will get the economy back on track

It was the French leader Napoleon Bonaparte who once quipped that England was “a nation of shopkeepers”, writes MP for Stamford, Bourne and Grantham, Gareth Davies.

Apparently he was seeking to imply that we were a country without ambition and therefore not prepared for war with his French military.

He of course was proven wrong about that, and completely misjudged the fact that our country is powerful because of our shopkeepers.

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