The unfolding V8 fiasco really confirms that Len Brown really is like a Roman Emperor.
In classical times the Roman elite would trick the poor and impoverished by declaring a month of feast and games.
Ludi were public games held for the benefit and entertainment of the Roman people (populus Romanus). Ludi were held in conjunction with, or sometimes as the major feature of, Roman religious festivals, and were also presented as part of the cult of state.
That same technique now applies at Auckland Council … cash-strapped Franklin business ratepayers are being told to forget about the massive rate increase and focus on a V8 race instead.
Not only that the poor and impoverished bogans are being hoodwinked that this is a good deal for Aucklamd.
The only wonder now is when Len Brown will announce the issuance of the Grain Dole for all citizens of Auckland