The Squrrel and the grasshopper


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Jun 10, 2000
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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 squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building 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.

The Labour Party, Greenpeace, Animal Rights and The Grasshopper Council of
UK demonstrate in front of the squirrel's house. The BBC, Interrupting a cultural festival special from Edinburgh with
breaking news, broadcasts a multi cultural choir singing "We Shall Overcome".

Tony Blair rants in an interview with David Cameron that the squirrel has
become rich off the backs of 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 London city centre.

In response to pressure from the media, the Government drafts the Economic
Equity and Grasshopper Anti Discrimination Act,
retroactive to the beginning of the 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 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
utilises it as a temporary home for asylum-seeking cats who had
hijacked a plane to get to London as they had to share their country of
origin with mice. On arrival they tried to blow up the airport because of the British apparent love of dogs.

The cats had been arrested for the international offence of hijacking and
attempted bombing but were immediately released because 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 would face death by the mice. The cats devise and start
a scam to obtain money from peoples credit cards.

A 60 Minutes 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 grasshopper's drug "Illness".

The cats seek recompense in the British courts for their treatment since arrival in the 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 care of the probation service to monitor and supervise 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
criticised by the government for failing to befriend the cats.

The grasshopper dies of a drug overdose. The usual sections of the press
blame it on the obvious failure of government to address the root
causes of despair arising from social inequity and his traumatic experience
of 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 Britain.

The squirrel, the dogs and the victims of the hijacking, the bombing, the
burglaries and robberies have to pay an additional percentage on their
credit cards 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.

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