Bread And Politics

Buns, Dough & Breadsticks

by nonamedufus

It’s an odd comparison, nevertheless there are many similarities between bread and politics, beyond the obvious comparison to our Prime Minister having a physique similar to that of the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

Poppin’ Fresh Prime Minister

For example, bread is one of the oldest prepared foods, dating back to the Neolithic era.  Politics is one of the oldest professions (yeah, the other one) and it still demonstrates it’s origins from the Neanderthal period.

PM’s Bun Boy

“Bread” denotes other things.  For example in the Lord’s Prayer there’s the line “Give us this day our daily bread” meaning general necessities.  And in the 50s, beatniks coined the phrase bread to mean money.  It’s been used interchangeably with “dough” ever since.  Here, in Canada, voters are often heard directing such a phrase at the Finance Minister, almost daily.

When bread is served after it comes out of the oven it’s at a raised temperature. Often when politicians serve up policies for the public, it raises our temperature.

Now here’s something I found fascinating.  Did you know the Roman poet Juvenal satirised superficial politicians and the public as caring only for “panem et circenses”?  Any Latin students out there?  It means bread and circuses!  And it’s funny how things haven’t changed.  To many voters, politics is one huge circus.  Here in Canada, it’s a word often used to describe the daily Question Period.

Tuesday this week Stephen Harper shuffled his cabinet.  It wasn’t much of an affair; no big stars on the horizon.  You might say “meh” or you might say half a loaf is better than none but I certainly don’t think you’d say the greatest thing since sliced bread.

The boys shuffle the deck…what no breadsticks?

And keep this in mind, at election time many politicians worry about being toast!


If you’re interested in a different take on “bread” – and something tells me there are others – drop over to Theme Thursday tomorrow and click on the links.  I’m a day early because I’m early to rise.



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14 responses to “Bread And Politics

  1. bread and circus…got that one right!

  2. Good take on TT. I went with bread body parts. bwahahaaaa

  3. I’ve heard the “bread and circuses” phrase before… not sure if I’ve ever seen the original Latin, however.

  4. Interesting angle – I like it!

  5. I could do with some bread and a circus right now.

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