11 June, 2021
Origin a gladiatorial fight to death
FRIENDS, Romans, footy fans... Think State of Origin Rugby League; think fighting to the death in the Roman Colosseum. Think how a legitimate comparison can be made between the two.
The gladiatorial aspects of the contests are obvious but there’s an
even more legitimate reason.
Current day Queensland and the ancient Roman Empire, at least
where the Colosseum was concerned, have a lot in common.
I have previously said Queenslanders could be forgiven for thinking
the Labor Party election strategists had studied ancient history
and employed some of the tactics used many centuries ago by Roman
Does this scenario sound familiar?
“The building of the Colosseum
is significant in Roman history because, without the Colosseum
being there to distract the Romans, there would have been a lot
more riots and protests around the empire.
“The Colosseum was built in 80 CE for entertainment purposes so that the public would be distracted from what was happening in other cities around them. This plan was successful too, because the people’s main focus became what events were happening in the Colosseum.
“Vespasian’s plan to distract the Romans was pure genius, and it
Replace Colosseum with sporting events, Romans with
Queenslanders, and Vespasian with Palaszczuk, and 80 CE Rome
becomes 2020-21 Queensland.
And the comparisons continue:
“When first opened, Titus (Emperor
by then) declared a 100-day celebration of games that included
gladiatorial combats and wild animal fights. Around 9000 wild animals
were slaughtered during this event alone.
”The gladiatorial shows or battles were a demonstration of both
power and prestige and were very popular with the crowd.”
And in 2020 Queensland? Annastacia The Omnipotent (ATO) declared
a 135-day celebration of AFL games (June 11 to October
24) including what AFL fans regard as gladiatorial combats, and
some wild animals/birds were also killed off in the process — Lions,
Bulldogs, Roos, Hawks, Crows, Eagles, Magpies, and Swans
The Colosseum was built as part of an imperial effort to revitalise
Rome after the tumultuous year.
The sporting capital of Australia was “built” to revitalise
Queensland during a tumultuous COVID-19 year.
The Colosseum could seat more than 50,000 spectators and was
often full. The same goes for Lang Park.
The Gabba can seat more
than 40,000 spectators and is often full.
Colosseum seats were split into sections depending on what (financial)
class you were part of, and often free food was provided.
Lang Park and Gabba seats are split into sections depending on
which club you support.
The “richer” (or luckier, such as politicians
and bureaucrats) get ushered into corporate sections with
food and beverage packages included with the free tickets.
History tells us “Vespasian’s plan to distract the Romans was pure
genius, and it worked well.”
Labor learnt from history. Have a look at what’s happened in Townsville with the State of Origin.
By the time you read this, Act One of the three-round circus will
have been played.
The media was unrelenting in its pre-event coverage
and, for those of you not completely enthralled by this major
sporting event, there will be no let-up to the media saturation until
well after July 14 when the final game is scheduled to be played.
During that time ATO will reign supreme because the peasants will be distracted by the circus acts and the media will feed the football frenzy, ensuring no one will notice Queensland’s gradual but definite slide into an economic and essential service provision abyss