There is a country in Europe
- which is in a prolonged recession
- where the university fees for students have been increased threefold to unaffordable amounts
- where citizens are rioting and looting in the cities
- which has been ruled by the same unelected person for 60 years
- and whose
dictatormonarch forces the economy to shut down for a few days in order to celebrate herself
- where even the “quality media” are useless
- let alone the stupid drivel coming out of most of its newspapers
- where it’s always foggy or raining or both
- where laws are so vague that the government can arrest anyone
- where the government spends billions on useless displays of military force
- where the government locks up people without any charge and for bogus reasons
- but where the police aren’t available to catch criminals
- with the most awkward opposition leader
- which openly discriminates against Catholics, Jews, Muslims and atheists
- where politicians trivialize the terrors of the Nazis
- that doesn’t remember which treaties it signed
- that calls a group of unelected old men a chamber of Parliament
- where inequality is rife
- where government, police and media are working hand in hand, but in violation of the law
- which is schizophrenic about Europe
- which doesn’t even have a constitution
- and which derives all of its pride from events long gone by, products no longer produced and wars won by the USA.
The country is Britain. Or as it pompously calls itself “the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”.
Well, “stuff happens” one could say. Not all countries can be perfect, not all countries can do well, not all countries can be liberal democracies. But the real question is: what do the people do against this bleak situation? Do they revolt? Do they protest? Do they engage in a civil debate about important issues? Do they try to change their situation? No, no and no.
Why not? Because the
dictator monarch throws a big party, gives people a few days off and because the country will have a sports festival for 2 weeks in summer.
“Panem et circenses” still works.