“I say Senator what is it that the bally plebian masses want?”
“I don’t know Caesar, what do they want?”
“They want games, lots of games. Gladiatorial games here at The Colosseum in the very heart of Rome. I shall give them games to cheer them up. They will love Caesar forever after that. I will have their eternal support”.
“Do you mean European football at Wembley sir?”
And thus in came to pass in the year of our Lord 2021, the second year of pandemic, Emperor Boris the First held gladiatorial contests at the holy shrine of Wembley in the hope of winning a piece of metal, to put in the sacerdotal cabinet. He let the plebian masses use their own judgment on sanitary matters. And the ale flowed freely all across the land.
I seem to remember The Tibetan writing in the early half of the previous century saying that many of the English were reincarnated Romans which might explain the desire to rule and have empire, also the obsession with Latin the educational curricula.
Rome built an empire and that fell into decay, its influence waned, decadence crept in.
Is history repeating itself?