Cicero, Bankers and the Topless Tribune
I don’t think I have read an article as insightful as this for a while. The added wit didn’t hurt either.
I don’t know whether Peter Mandelson is aware of this, but he and Cicero have something in common: both of them got into hot water over the purchase of fashionable houses. New Labour’s Prince of Darkness was forced to resign from his first cabinet position after it became known that he had failed to declare a substantial interest-free loan from his multi-millionaire friend (and later ministerial colleague) Geoffrey Robinson in order to purchase a trendy house in Notting Hill. Two millennia earlier, Cicero was forced to weather a similar storm when it emerged that the lofty house he had bought on the Palatine had been purchased with the aid of a similarly undeclared (but far larger) loan from the disgraced ex-politician Publius Sulla (a relative of the notorious dictator). This loan became problematic for Cicero when Sulla was implicated in the Catilinarian conspiracy, from the suppression of which Cicero was…
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