A concept so old it comes to us in a dead language: divide et impera. The original phrase is attributed to Philip II of Macedon as he played Greek city-states off against one another in the fourth century BC. In ancient Greek, διαίρει καὶ βασίλευε; in English, divide and rule. A favoured tactic of emperors and dictators from Caesar to Bonaparte to Mao, it is also a staple of the modern workplace.
For the first time in more than a decade there’s cause for hope.
Show Your Working is a regular column exploring how some of our favourite writers get things done. This month, we take a peek into the writing routine of former senator turned author Scott Ludlam.