Some of the comments coming in about the behaviour of the European governing class remind me of King Lear’s discovery:
“Even a dog’s obeyed in office…
Plate sin with gold,
And the strong lance of justice hurtles breaks;
Arm it in rags, a pigmy’s straw doth pierce it…”
I think things have improved a bit since Lear’s day, but at least it shows it is not a new problem.