Pandemic Panic – a Satire #dVerse #prosery

Prime Minister Burris Jackson addresses the people of Brexitannia, after the Corollavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation…

“We face an invisible, unprecedented enemy. We are fighting a foe we cannot see, with the simple tools of soap, water, and our own singing voices. Remember to wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing the chorus of ‘Happy Birthday.’ Remember: ‘Hands, Face, Space!’ [behind the Prime Minister, his Health Secretary, Mitt Hindcock, casts a nervous glance at his attractive female aide.] Remember to ‘Stay alert! Control the virus! Save lives!’ [At this, his advisor Dick Haddit-Cummings adjusts his glasses.] There are those amongst us who selfishly flout the rules put in place for our own protection. But I urge you to think of others…so…if all do their duty, they need not fear harm.” [PM coughs, unmasked]

Written for dVerse

Tonight, I’m hosting Prosery, where I’m asking you to write a short prose piece (144 words or less) to include the prompt line:

โ€œSo if all do their duty, they need not fear harmโ€ from Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper. Apologies to those who don’t follow UK politics too closely: I have linked up a couple of newspaper articles which should explain the references in my short fiction.

The bar opens from 3pm EST – join us for more Prosery!

59 thoughts on “Pandemic Panic – a Satire #dVerse #prosery

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  1. Ingrid, I’m glad you included the links to the stories behind the story. Funny stuff that really isn’t funny. Satire is the way to get the message across. George Bernard Shaw said, โ€œIf you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.โ€

  2. This is absolutely brilliant, Ingrid! It feels like the line from Blake’s poem is meant for the scenario presented here in this excellent prose piece. I loved every word. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

  3. No need to explain, Ingrid. Some Brits and some U.S. citizens seem to rail against protective policies To vaccinate or not has become the battle cry here in the U.S. When we decided to distrust our scientific community I’m appalled to consider! May we all survive this contentious time in our live … and looking at it with satirical humor is a necessity!

  4. Not sure if this is cynically satirical or satirically cynical, but it made me laugh anyway. Very clever. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ‘

  5. We have that lot in Canada too, protesting the mask and vaccine……and THEY are the ones getting sick and driving up numbers. I enjoyed your piece, made me smile wryly.

  6. Love the way you present this. The nervous glance, the adjustment of glasses…wonderful details that so casually bring the scene to life. I’m so worried for our world right now.

  7. Love the way you present this. The nervous glance, the adjustment of glasses…wonderful details that so casually bring the scene to life. I’m so worried for our world right now.

    Mish

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