ANIMAL FARM

 

THE SQUIRREL AND THE GRASSHOPPER. –  WORLD VERSION.

The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building and improving his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter the squirrel is warm and well fed. The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.   THE END.

THE SQUIRREL AND THE GRASSHOPPER. –  BRITISH VERSION.

The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building and improving his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the Summer away. Come winter the squirrel is warm and well fed.

A social worker finds the shivering grasshopper, calls a press conference and demands to know why the squirrel should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others less fortunate, like the grasshopper, are cold and starving.

The BBC shows up to provide live coverage of the shivering grasshopper; with cuts to a video of the squirrel in his comfortable warm home with a table laden with food.

The British press informs people that they should be ashamed that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so while others have plenty. Greenpeace, Animal Rights and The Grasshopper Council of GB demonstrate in front of the squirrel’s house. The BBC, interrupting a cultural festival special live from Notting Hill with breaking news, broadcasts a multi cultural choir singing "We shall overcome".

Left wing activists rant on BBC Panorama that the squirrel has gotten rich off the backs of the grasshoppers, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the squirrel to make him pay his "fair share" and increases the charge for squirrels to enter inner London.

In response to pressure from the media, the government drafts the Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti Discrimination Act, retroactive to the beginning of summer. The squirrel’s taxes are reassessed. He is taken to court and fined for failing to hire grasshoppers as builders for the work he was doing on his home and an additional fine for contempt when he told the court the grasshopper did not want to work.

The grasshopper is provided with a subsidised council house, financial aid to furnish it and an account with a local taxi firm to ensure he can be socially mobile. The squirrel’s food is seized and re-distributed to the more needy members of society, in this case the grasshopper. Without enough money to buy more food, to pay the fine and his newly imposed retroactive taxes, the squirrel has to downsize and start building a new home.

The local authority takes over his old home and utilizes it as a temporary home for asylum seeking cats who had hijacked a plane to get to Britain as they had to share their country of origin with mice. On arrival the cats tried to blow up the airport because of Britain’s apparent love for dogs. The cats had been arrested for the international offence of hijacking and attempted bombing but were immediately released because Amnesty International discovered that the police fed them pilchards instead of salmon whilst in custody. Initial moves to then return them to their own country were abandoned because it was feared they may face death by mice.

The cats devise and start a scam to obtain money from peoples credit cards.

A Panorama special shows the grasshopper finishing up the last of the squirrel’s food, though spring is still months away, while the council house he is in crumbles around him because he hasn’t bothered to maintain the house. He is shown to be taking drugs. Inadequate government funding is blamed for the grasshoppers "illness".

The cats seek recompense in the British courts for their treatment since arrival in UK.

The grasshopper gets arrested for stabbing an old dog during a burglary to get money for his drugs habit. He is imprisoned but released immediately because he has been in custody for a few weeks. He is placed in the supervisory care of the probation service to monitor him. Within a few weeks he has killed a guinea pig in a botched robbery.

A commission of enquiry that will eventually cost £10,000,000  and state the obvious, is set up.

Additional money is put into funding a drug rehabilitation scheme for grasshoppers and legal aid for lawyers representing asylum seekers is increased. The asylum seeking cats are praised by the government for enriching Britain’s multicultural diversity and dogs are criticized by the government for failing to befriend the cats.

The grasshopper dies of a drug overdose. The usual sections of press blame it on the failings of the government to address the root causes of despair arising from social inequity and his traumatic experience in prison. They call for the resignation of a minister.

The cats are paid a million pounds each because their rights were infringed when the government failed to inform them there were mice in the UK.

The squirrel, the dogs and the victims of the hijacking, the bombing, the burglaries and robberies have to pay an additional percentage on their pensions to cover losses, their taxes are increased to pay for law and order and they are told that they will have to work beyond 65 because of a shortfall in government funds.

THE END

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3 thoughts on “ANIMAL FARM

  1. to answer your question on my web log:
     
    \’Twin Peaks\’ was filmed in a tiny town in Washington State, called Roslyn!  It is a lovely townlet, and was a place where I personally had many a wild night of reveling and dancing, when I was a young single tree planter, at the very old, historic Tavern there where much of the filming for \’Twin Peaks\’ took place.   This tavern was called "The Brick" but I do not recall if that is what it was called in the show, I doubt it somehow.  I think in the show it was the place where everyone went out to eat and converse, and it probably had some artificial \’fruity\’ name. 
     The town always, in my mind at least, had the feeling of being placed \’out of time\’, and could have been just as well from the 1800\’s (may have been!) and its livelihood was trees–mostly logging them, and there were several log mills around that area for processing.  The people of the town were hardy, inventive, and extremely hard-working.  Many of the inhabitants were, and perhaps still are, tree planters, and this was my crowd.  The logging may have returned, but was greatly curtailed if not stopped entirely about 25 years ago.

  2. I love the tribute to Samhain :)! Well I know what you mean about things like protesting against things making no difference. But then I really really want to try and make a difference, even if I die trying I still want to. Things like the government stand in the way, thats the problem really, because the wrong ones get voted in, and then it all goes back to the start all over again, stuck with a government that isnt interested in the world. But I want to help the world, because the world is so beautiful, and I believe that one day things can change. Although I do wonder at times what the point of me trying is. I guess trying is something I have to do.
    🙂 but people shouldnt give up, never give up! Happy Samhain for yesterday, didnt get online till today!
     
    Blessed Be!

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