It is 2111 AD, Wales is reaching a new state of terror not seen since Owain Glyndwr’s campaign of pillaging villages. The Welsh Assembly had until one year earlier been peacefully using its legislative powers granted a century earlier. During the last 100 years it had restored the rights of the Freemen of Llantrisant and reopened the coal mines.
But the politics of Wales had changed. There was widespread anger about the rise of the supermarket corporation Ashcroft’s Food Stores Plc and their domination of the local economies. A year earlier the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Government at Westminster had put a referendum to the people about withdrawing from the EU and the European Convention and there was a resounding ‘yes’ vote. Within months of a new election the BNP gained control of the Assembly, based on a manifesto commitment of ending the suppression of Welsh people, who by Ashcroft’s squeezing the profits of farmers and predatory pricing which after the anti-Europe referendums was made legal.
They introduced legislation, using the powers granted in 2011, which mandated that any employee of Ashcroft’s had to pay for healthcare and education. There was no way of escaping. They had already fortified Offa’s Dyke with a Hadrian-like wall and closed off all the ferries to keep the immigrants out.
Towards the end of the Assembly’s term deformities in children at birth were common due to the lack of diversification of DNA. The Ashcroft’s employees were starting to die out.
The new female President of Turkey, Georjena Blajer, which was now part of the EU, decried the human rights abuses in Wales as abhorrent and called on the First Minister, Nick ap Kirsty to give up their power and all their weapons arsenal. The Emperor of China, Ton Bu, where coal supplies were all but exhausted convinced the United Nations to pass a resolution calling on Wales to give up its arsenal of weapons else there would be serious consequence.
The UN weapons inspector Dai Kenry, a former exile from Wales was allowed to enter and found no evidence of any weapons. Even so, secret spies, travelling in a taxi claimed the taxi driver told them that the Assembly could launch weapons in 45 minutes. Other evidence showed that ap Kirsty had tried to source uranium from Iran, now a peaceful county with nuclear weapons that hadn’t been used since they first got them 25 years earlier due to the election of its first every President, Margaret Merkle convincing the UN Security Council that they were necessary to make the chance of a nuclear holocaust less likely, because of the educated women’s influence on their husbands explaining to them about the theories they learned at university called ‘The Prisoner Dilemma’ and ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’.
Ton Bu, elected only a few months earlier told his cabinet that they needed to secure the supplies of coal, but he thought he could convince the public to accept it if he convinced Georjena Blajer to end her mantra on human rights, as he knew that meant they would have to defend the ‘˜slippery slope’ argument about why they aren’t taking action in North Korbabwe.
Ton Bu phoned Georjena Blajer and told her that they needed to remove Nick ap Kirsty from power, by declaring war on Wales, but he would have to give up his human rights argument. ‘But our Attorney General says that if we use the human rights doctrine, then the war will be completely legal’, said Georjena Blajer. ‘That doesn’t matter’, said Ton Bu, ‘If we pretend that Wales actually does have weapons of mass destruction, then we’ll be able to remove ap Kirsty from power, and ensure the coal doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, what do you reckon?’ ‘But wouldn’t it be better to get a Second UN Resolution’ said Georjena Blajer. ‘I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE LAW BLAJER ‘“ I’M GOING IN WHETHER YOU’RE WITH ME OR WITHOUT ME!’ said Ton Bu. ‘Okay, okay’, said Georjena Blajer, ‘I’ll see what I can do’
Months later, Wales was in Chinese control, after a bloody war, which the rest of the international community decried. The first thing Ton Bu did was to re-introduce the death penalty, which was possible without the Human Rights Act. Within days ap Kirsty had been sentenced for war crimes, and the democratic processes that had served Wales well for over 100 years fell into disarray. Druids, were now regularly abused by the police, who were being trained by the Chinese armed forces, committed even worse than the suffering under ap Kirsty.
Meanwhile, the Llantrisant Government who maintained their rights to self-governance even during the ap Kirsty met do discussed how they could remove the First Minister imposed by the Chinese and Turkish rule, Ben Ali Gadtaffi. They came up with the idea of bringing into force ‘˜Operation Valley Boy’, which was set up by ap Kirsty to protect himself in the event of a coup.
Armed with only a longbow asÂ all the other weapons had been seized, but archery had been reintroduced as a mandatory sport on Sundays, they Councillor Protector of the Llantrisant Government, Rhodri Jones, took off to the Assembly to present one of its Bills to the Assembly.
The Senedd, once a beacon of what can be achieved in a democracy of consensus, resembled nothing like it did 100 years, no one would be able to see any of the proceedings in progress.
In searching for a possibility to launch he met a fairly educate and communicable woman, known as Maid Dafyddson. He asked her some details about herself. She said, ‘I used to be the Assembly Member for Pontypandy, things have surely changed around here, and not for the better’. ‘Why don’t you do something about it?’ ‘That would be a conflict of interest’, Maid Dafyddson said, ‘I can’t do that’. ‘But what about the Druids, surely we should do something for them?’, ‘They already have Stonehenge back in West Wales; we can’t do anything else for them, that would be doubling up on the benefits of the State they can enjoy’.
Knowing he wasn’t going to get anywhere, Rhodri Jones looked around for some way to get into the debating chamber where Ben Ali Gadtaffi had his war room. After gaining access to the chamber through bribing the guard, Neil Chaytor. He saw next to Gadtaffi someone called Cher Clickton, and was shocked and thought ‘How is she still here? I thought they had overthrown the previous rulers.’ After recovering it all became clear. He remembered reading in the Western Observer about her always taking the Assembly to court doing the human rights abused, always winning and getting big payouts. He also remembered reading about Clickton’s powers of seduction to gain control over any political leader’s mind in order to get what she wanted: Her chance of being leader. It then clicked, it was her that was responsible of all the human rights abuses of Nick ap Kirsty, and the influence over Ben Ali Gadtaffi to introduce the death penalty – the more cases he fought the more money she got and more credibility to get elected. ‘She has to be stopped’.
Gaining access to the chamber without being seen he went to position himself for the execution. Looking around him he could see only men, except Cher Clikton. The once beacon of gender equality had become a workingmen’s club, for the demagogues imposed on the people of Wales. Angered he prepared and launched his arrow at her. Straight through the heart, she died instantly. There was a sudden cheer of relief. Years of threats and blackmail were over. The assembled men lifted up their fingers in a V-sign and gestured it toward Clickton. Within months, Turkish and Chinese had rule had ended. Elections were held and the public elected their politicians. Sir Tom Jones, was appointed First Minister, and Baroness Morgan of Ely the Speaker. Within days the Dangerous Demagogues Act was passed which meant that Wales would never be subject to oppressive rule again. The Act contained the following paragraphs:
Politicians bred for bullying
(1)This section applies to-
(a)any politician of the type known as the pit bull roberts;
(b)any politician of the type known as the Trallwn tosa; and
(c)any politician of any type designated for the purposes of this section by an order of the First Minister, being a type appearing to him to be bred for bullying or to have the characteristics of a type bred for that purpose, or one which refuses to abide by the Nolan Principles.
(2)No person shall-
(a)breed, or breed from, a politician to which this section applies;
(b)sell or exchange such a politician or offer, advertise or expose such a politican for sale or exchange;
(c)make or offer to make a gift of such a politician or advertise or expose such a politican as a gift;
(d)allow such a politician of which he is the owner or of which he is for the time being in charge to be in a public place without being muzzled and kept on a lead; or
(e) abandon such a politician of which he is the owner or, being the owner or for the time being in charge of such a politician, allow it to stray.
(3) Any politician or other natural person not falling within section (1) shall be required when standing for election under the Misrepresentation of the People’s Act 2010 to provide the following information:
(a) disclose their most recent opinions on the answers to the Citizenship test set by the First Minister and make it available in a means that it can be easily accessed by the public.
(a) disclose whether they have any of the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation.
(4) If there is any politician who either does not fulfill the requirements of (3) or falls within (1), the First Minister, on application of 10 percent of the members of the public in that politician’s constituency shall call a by-election. That politician will have the right to stand in that election, provided that they have not reached the threshold of disqualification set by the standards committee of the National Assembly for Wales.
The next ten years transformed the democratic process in Wales. Only those with the honesty and integrity and willingness not to abuse their power were kept in office. The once deprived Rhondda Valleys were returned to their past glory. People were aspirational once again, as only the politicians who were willing to put their constituents before themselves and their party got elected and stayed in power.