During the opening scene in Gladiator, when Russell Crowe is surveying the Germanic tribesman pouring from the black forest towards their imminent slaughter by his Roman legions, his chief lieutenant matter-of-factly admonishes: “People should know when they are conquered”.
You could also say that about today’s casino. They should surely know by now that Donald Trump is their very worst nightmare.
Yet day after day the Chart Monkeys roll the dice, apparently believing that the Donald is just running a reality show sequel to the Apprentice that couldn’t possibly bring ill-winds into the casino.
In fact, he’s fixing to drop financial bunker busters on the length and breadth of Wall Street, but like the Germanic tribes of circa 180AD the gamblers stubbornly refuse to see the overwhelming forces of destruction arrayed against them.