All this talk of plebs recently had someone in the pub asking me, “what’s a pleb and what’s a plebiscite?”

So I told them about the Roman class divide of patricians and plebians.  It’s no surprise to find a group of lesser importance way back in history.  Today’s plebians are a broader base, all the way to the bottom of the pyramid.

I was reminded that “p atricians” like Andrew Mitchell have also been trying to screw us throughout history.   The Romans  it seems found a way to make them accountable.

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