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Originally posted by Mufcutcakeyumyum
reply to post by Flavian
That's a very valid point, and amidst all of the celebrations I would hope that if only one thing came out of it, then it would be that the length and breadth of the populus would receive a lift.
Wouldn't care too much about big business, politics, or even the Royal families diagnosis. I would just hope that after the extended Bank Holiday, everyone would become re-energised, and pepped up a bit, if that makes sense.
"Bread and Circuses" (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement. It was the basic Roman formula for the well-being of the population, and hence a political strategy unto itself. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion, distraction, and/or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the common man (l'homme moyen sensuel).
Thus the capital was transformed into an armed camp, harmless, happy party-goers scanned from the rooftops for signs of intent to commit crimes or just “the wrong kind of look.” The UK or Great Britain, call Shakespeare’s “sceptered isle set in a silver sea” what you will, has acquired all the appurtenances of a police state in formation. There is a single famous statistic that makes this all too clear. A small offshore nation with 1% of the global population now has more than 20 percent of its CCTV cameras.