Outbreaks of cultural madness are not unusual.
Our elite encourages, and then participates.
Rumours of impending starvation and pustular diseases – kept hitherto at bay by our imperial overlords – are announced in all non-fake media outlets.
As in Cavafy – though internally – the barbarians are about to grab power, with a return to pre-Cambrian levels of public comfort and safety.
The artistic community – noted for its diversity and independence of thought – unanimously co-operates.
Screaming mobs and toddlers parade through the capital’s streets, dressed as enormous genitalia daubed gold on blue.
Older citizens are whipped with foreign meats and told to die.
Bankers throw gold from their windows, homeowners wrap houses in clingfilm, media courtesans harangue non-degree holders.
Salvation is only conceivable through “a deal”.
With bodily fluids preparing to erupt, gesticulating bubo cover the bodies of politicians.
Our Head of State leaps into the Thames and is flushed into the North Sea.
On a business park in Maidenhead, Berks, the exhausted dark warehouse workers queue for Cornish pasties.
Most are reduced to living as troglodytes, in the gardens of benign liberals sheltering us from the coming spring.