Saturday 24 February 2018

Tom Galvin: We must stand in solidarity with the admirable Poles

Tom Galvin

Four years ago in Dublin airport, I was bemused to see a young guy stroll through arrivals wearing a T-shirt with the image of Lech Kaczynski and the slogan 'To nie jest moj prezydent' (This is not my president).

He was reflecting a sentiment held by some young Poles at the time, despairing at the election of a conservative president and conscious that some of his policies would do little to advance their image abroad.

This image was the one of the 'Polish plumber', the derogatory phrase coined by the French politician Philippe de Villier in 2005 to raise the alarm over the threat of immigrants from eastern Europe.

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