The cartoon from our British partner, the teacher Richard JL Pope, sums up today’s chaotic Brexit situation.
He comments in the original cartoon “panem et circenses”, which is Latin, and literally means “bread and circuses,” supposedly coined by Juvenal, a Roman poet who lived some 2000 years and wrote poems called “Satires” ago. “Panem et circenses” describes the cynical formula of the Roman emperors keeping the masses content with ample food and entertainment rather than giving them their freedom.
This fine cartoon illustrates how the democratic process fails when extreme views are allowed to run wild. It then becomes a soap opera to distract the masses from the deteriorating quality of life in the UK.
Richard works at St Thomas More Roman Catholic Language College, in the UK.