Sorry Guardian, but you got beaten to the press for your latest story…. by about 2,000 years
… Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses
Juvanal, circa 80AD
Politics was once about beliefs and society. Now it’s a worship of money
Politics has always been the same, and there have always been unoriginal brainless people saying that ‘things were better in the good old days’ – well they weren’t. Even the old Roman Juvanal was not original as the ancient greeks were also of the opinion that politics was not corrupt in some none existent Utopian past.
As elections draw near, the discussion shrinks to one simple question: are you better off now than you were five years ago? Maybe we don’t need a TV debate after all. Other issues come out for an airing but in the end, no matter how passionate you are about the NHS, devolution, immigration or the environment, if you can’t talk competently about money, you’re nothing.