Poles, the Polish nation or Polish people are perennial under-achievers. I draw these conclusions from objective observations and personal experience (I’m kinda Polish myself). They talk up a whirlwind but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty they always under-achieve. For a country of almost 40 million inhabitants with another few million living outside its borders, its amazing that the Poles haven’t achieved more with regards to culture, art, literature, sport and science. It boggles me, it really does. They talk about solidarity but on a daily basis, Polish people are probably the most unhelpful and un-solidarity-like people I could think of. Unfortunately, there is little sense of community in Poland and this is one thing that successive governments always seem to ignore. Community is the key.