study found 46 per cent of the UK would happily vote for Roman rule
instead of today's political parties. At the heart of this is the
belief that we'd be better off, healthier and happier if policies
and laws from over 2,000 years ago were implemented now.
research, 2,000 Brits were shown a series of ancient political
policies secretly based on those from Roman emperors, including
Julius Caesar. And many of these found favour.
policies included doubling the number of public holidays (57 per
cent) and free entry to national sporting events (56 per
promises from the ancient past that struck a chord with Brits were
banning cars from cities on a weekend (76 per cent) and encouraging
immigrants who embrace the local culture (57 per cent).
abolition of income tax, which Roman Emperor Nero enforced, was
supported by 44 per cent of Brits. This would save the average UK
worker 3,444.80 pounds.
Roman policies favoured by modern Brits include a free water supply
(66 per cent), which would typically save 388 pounds.
subsidised male shaving, which 25 per cent of us would vote for,
could save chaps up to 104.59 pounds per year.
can be argued that these policies would help make the average family
of four 7,770 pounds richer each year.
well as believing they would be richer, those questioned by the
research commissioned by PC Strategy game 'Total War: Rome II'
claimed they would be happier living under Roman rule.
third of those polled (37 per cent) thought the ancient manifesto
had been drafted by a leading political party in 2013. Even after
the electorate was told the manifesto was a mash-up of old Roman
policies, 71 per cent said it was "superior" to those
quarter (24 per cent) support time limits of marriage engagements,
and a third (30 per cent) believe women should no longer be
pledge to increase Neighbourhood Watch was also popular (71 per
the research indicates that not all Roman policies would sit well
with modern audiences. No age restriction on the consumption of
alcohol (5 per cent) and government horses being given special roles
in parliament (10 per cent) were among the least favoured.
Julian Richards said: "The fact so many Brits would vote for
2,000 year old political policies from ancient Rome says a lot about
modern politics. "It shows there's a heck of a lot of
disillusionment, disengagement and general apathy towards it."