- Dec 29, 2009
(For Publication in the Oriflamme, Gazette de France, Journal de Paris)
“Fear not, hungry masses, for in ten years time, agricultural reform shall nourish your dead bodies.”
One can only wonder what lesson has been learned from the downfall of our most Beloved King Louis XVI, the Martyr, some 25 odd years ago. Astute students of history might remember that hunger brought down the monarchy more surely than all luminaries. “Bread, bread, bread” they clamoured. A dark chapter of our national history had open.
One would think that after decades in exile, and freshly at the helm of the Government, those who call themselves royalists, but doctrinaires, would hear the danger of leaving a famine unaddressed. Indeed, as the realm craves a loaf of bread, they spend their leisurely time debating the moot points of agricultural reform and road reconstruction.
Fear not, hungry readers, for the Dhuizon ministry is quite intent, shall its Reform and Stability Act clear the Chamber of Deputies and the House of Peers, to send emissaries to the four corners of Europe to find the best practices in agriculture. One can spare them immediately the travel, they shall come back with the brilliant and pristine idea to feed the starving peasants.
It is completely unbelievable that faced with a quickly spreading famine, this Government, rather than to enact emergency measures to bring much needed relief to the poor starving masses, takes it time to package meagre help in a bill dealing with posts offices and road maintenance.
While the salons of Paris are abound with endless talks of reform, and the peasantry is dwindling down, it appears that only the Church, old and venerable ally of the people, has any idea how to deal with such disaster. A loaf of bread, quickly dispensed, shall serve our King more than honeyed counsel whispered.