Thursday, January 10, 2008

Blair is no Cincinnatus

There is a story in ancient Rome of Cincinnatus- the hero who took political power at the specific request of the Senate and then saved the city when it was menaced by the Volscians and the Aequi. The same thing happened again when the city was faced with a revolt by the plebians- the same class as Cincinnatus himself.

In each case, when his job was done, he relinquished power and returned to his farm where he lived modestly.

I don't think he filled his boots with consultancy jobs which he was not really qualified for and which were offered to him entirely because he had previously held supreme power. He therefore did not aim to make as much money as possible by exploiting his previous status.

No- that epitome of greed is one Tony Blair.


Anonymous said...

How did MT Cicero measure up to the model of Cincinnatus in these terms?


Cicero said...

Well- the first time he stepped down from office he returned to being a lawyer. The second time he ended up being murdered at Mark Anthony's instigation!