Bit silly of Jacques to call on his “English friends to understand that they have to make a gesture of solidarity for Europe” and help out his dying economy when the man who controls the purse strings is quite clearly from north of the border.

Just for the record, the phrase “amigos ingleses” appears once in the Davies corpus, in a life of Immanuel Kant. “Amigos americanos” appears once, in José Martí’s only novel, Amistad funesta, originally published under the pseudonym Adelaida Ral in a periodical belonging to the New York duplication machine specialist, Hecktograph. Ah, les anti-impérialistes!

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