Contempt – Carrot Ranch

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The Carrot Ranch Challenge:
In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by “meltdown”.

Click here to hear the author read his words:


Président Macron speaks of ‘Les gens qui réussissent et les gens qui ne sont rien’*, as he turns France into an over-controlled, over-surveilled police state.
Jacob Rees-Mogg jokes about ‘happy fish’ while the Scottish fishing industry is devastated by Brexit.
He also amuses himself by unfunny alliteration, like ‘bands of blighters’, referring to asylum-seekers.
This vile creature is part of Liar Johnson’s inner circle, as they rape the UK with blatant corruption and cronyism.
This level of contempt from politicians towards the general population presages a new generation of fascism comparable to 1930s Nazi Germany.
Democracy is in meltdown.

* ‘People who succeed and people who are nothing’.
Please note, not people who do nothing, or people who have nothing, but people who ARE nothing.

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16 Responses to Contempt – Carrot Ranch

  1. Pingback: Meltdown « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. How these men came to power in democratic countries is astounding. Though I guess, utterly possible. I can’t imagine upholding a front, a mask, of an entirely different personality to my own, just to have all these other darknesses hidden away. Honesty is a powerful motivator in my own life. It’s hard to empathise with those who do not value it the same. Lets hope with each younger generation, our democracies will be strengthened with honesty and connected-ness once more, one day soon. Powerful writing C.E.!


    • ceayr says:

      It happened in Germany less than a century ago, and it is happening in many countries right now.
      I think we need to break the system and start again, Rebecca, I am not sure it can be repaired otherwise.

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    It’s remarkable, the amount of control the few in power can exert over the many because their fear-mongering fascist tactics dehumanize and fracture solidarity. And, I also marveled at how lovely French can be spoken in a Scots accent.


    • ceayr says:

      Expertly summarised, Charli, psychopaths who control the media have us running scared.

      And thank you for the lovely comment re my accent (which I do hope was not sarcasm!)


  4. This is a very sad and disturbing 99 words. I fear the same thing happening over here in the US. The influences and lies of our last president still ring strongly here. As do, unfortunately, his current words.


  5. And yet the population keeps electing this type of politician when there is always an alternative on the ballot paper, unlike the poor bastards in countries where elections are non-existent or farcical. That makes me sadder than anything else.


  6. jenne49 says:

    A hard-hitting and acute observation of our current situation.
    It’s time to slice through all the words they drown us in and actually do something!
    Or have we become a nation of timorous sheep?
    An excellent, thought-provoking piece.


    • ceayr says:

      At least the French are starting to rouse themselves, but cowardly acquiescence seems to be the way in the UK.
      Even in Scotland we are sadly silent.


  7. Lindsey says:

    Succinctly put CE Ayr, although the truth behind this feels deeply sad.


  8. Terveen Gill says:

    Politicians are gutless and soulless creatures. All around the world. Some places more than others.


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