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The way we were: distrust of politicians

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   April 2015

Father Thames asks an MP, "Which of us has cleaner hands, I wonder?" 1866. © Print collector/Getty images

The poet Lucilius (c. 180-102 BC) writes about political life in the Forum of the Roman Republic: “Now in fact from morning to night, weekend and weekday, the whole population and likewise senators, too, all bustle about in the Forum and never leave; they all devote themselves to one and the same endeavour and trade—…

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