Stupidity – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
Which drops dramatically with this week’s photo prompt!
Sorry, Ted.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture, below.

© Ted Strutz

© Ted Strutz


Do you know the definition of stupidity?
No, not Donald Trump, I do not comment on another country’s politics.
Instead it is the Westminster government’s plan for world peace.
They are currently pushing ahead with an upgrade to Trident, the (not quite) United Kingdom’s nuclear weapon system.
At a currently estimated cost of £20 billion.
Likely to be closer to £100 billion.
This is supposedly a deterrent to all the bad guys out there.
Ask the people of London, Paris, Madrid, Copenhagen, and now Brussels just how well this is working.
My opinion?
It is all going down the toilet.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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60 Responses to Stupidity – Friday Fictioneers

  1. subroto says:

    20 billion? They are flush with funds, the weapons manufacturers are doing well these days,


  2. Chekii says:

    Very gripping and thought provoking story indeed.
    Thank you for sharing this.


  3. gahlearner says:

    The first two lines made me laugh so much that I had trouble reading on, but then I didn’t laugh any more. Very scary, very true.


  4. Sort of like flowers in a toilet. Nice segue into a stinging indictment.


  5. A very well timed piece to reflect upon the methods of our government. I am with Jeremy Corbyn when it comes to talking about Trident. That’s just me, though.


  6. Well, I wondered how you were going to tie it all in. Nicely done!


  7. wmqcolby says:

    So, send the U.N. a bowl of flowers with my compliments. Like they say in the plumbers trade, “As in poker, a royal flush is better than a full house.”

    Keep papering the cracks and use the “stationery” to write your lawyer, too.


  8. The Voice says:

    Ronald Reagan called them “Peacekeepers”. While it may (or may not) deter countries like North Korea from acting out, nuclear power has little impact on the shadow wars that have been waged for decades. Instead of creating newer and bigger weapons, we might want to figure out how to stop wanting to kill each other.

    As the others have mentioned, this was a poignant and timely story. Well done.


  9. Yep! So true. Timely bit and nicely done.


  10. Bastet says:

    I can’t agree more … what is another nuclear missile going to do against guerrilla type warfare. Such a waste.


  11. mickwynn2013 says:

    Poignant point well argued. These are desperate times


  12. mandibelle16 says:

    Haha! Nice piece and commentary on US politics, and especially British one’s. I didn’t know that was happening in Britain and I would have to agree with you what exactly are we doing to deter terrorism, because bigger weapons of mass destruction don’t seem to be working.


  13. I can comment on American politics and we are certainly due for a flush or two.
    I agree about the weapons being wrong for the job at hand.


  14. rgayer55 says:

    Great title for this week’s entry, C.E. Stupidity and insanity are subjects I know little of, but I have been accused of being prone to lunacy. I don’t think nuclear weapons are the answer. Perhaps we should bombard ISIS with bacon as I hear pork works like Kryptonite.


  15. Although it is necessary to have knowledgeable people in these types of positions I think there comes a time when fresh ideas, that go against the status quo are called for. Now if we can just get “them” to listen.


  16. d3athlily says:

    Great topical subject. I am definitely in agreement with you on this. Well done.


  17. storydivamg says:

    And here I thought Trident was nothing more than a brand of gum that four out of five dentists recommend.

    Chilling commentary on today’s global situation. I personally have some very strong opinions about David Cameron, even though I am a U.S. citizen (my paternal great grandparents came from the Isle of Wight (by way of London) to Massachusetts just over a century ago, and I keep up with happenings in the Motherland almost as well as with happenings here in the U.S. But my sound bite has extended beyond an appropriate length, so I will leave you with all my strongest wishes of hope and worldwide peace.

    Shalom, Namaste, Peace (and a little chicken grease to keep everything properly lubricated),

    Marie Gail


  18. Graham Lawrence says:

    Well done CE. Timely and pertinent.


  19. Wow. EVERYONE should read this.


  20. emmylgant says:

    Well done CE. I can only admire your passion and the courage to speak it.
    Well crafted protest my peaceable friend.


  21. A fab and very relevant take on the prompt, couldn’t agree more with you! Well done Ceayr🙂


  22. Dale says:

    Perfect timing for this essay. And I have to agree with you. The present way of “handling” these horrid events is not working, yet “they” keep doing the same thing over and over. Kind of like that definition of insanity….


  23. neilmacdon says:

    More an essay than a story, but kudos for delivering an essay in 100 words


  24. I couldn’t agree more.


  25. oldentimes says:

    5 stars, Mr. Ayr. A great take on this prompt!


  26. Indeed it is all going down the drain.


  27. Sandra says:

    Who’s to say that without that deterrent, we might have all been flushed down the toilet, digested, treated, processed and spread out across the fields already? Who will ever know? I certainly don’t. All I know is that there are enough madmen out there in this world to see us all off, a hundred times or more.


  28. Dear CE.

    I’ve dropped the standard? I’m bowled over and flushed. In loo of a comment on UK politics, I’ll say America’s politics are certainly down the toilet. Apt story for the times and sophisticated photo prompt.



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    • ceayr says:

      What I like most about FF is how it highlights the variant usage of our common language.
      In Scotland, at least, sophisticated has a quite different meaning.
      I reserve comment on your puns, lest I find the need to paper over the cracks.

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