Which is worse, France or Britain?

(That is to say, if you are an ordinary Jean or Joe rather than one of the international rich, who pay no taxes.)

It is a matter of the Johnsonian distinction between a louse and a flea. They share the quality of being irredeemably socialist, corporatist has-beens. Dalrymple, who lives in both countries, reminds us of their deep, often common, shortcomings.

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