I mentioned in Invisible that “the celebration of the joy of being an individual, of living and being responsible for yourself, of awakening to this is now” was often in the form of a book review. The National Fraud: a political allegory by Richard Pierce is certainly about awakening to now and deservedly my first review on the newly relaunched Decoding Static.
The National Fraud is a short, sharp story regarding the deception plaguing current politics in Britain. It is a timely story with the General Election in June and to me feels like a plea for the end of money and media buying votes. The pace of The National Fraud hooks you, as does the, unfortunately, realistic storyline; it is as if it is election night and you want to know the result.
“God, this flood of liberalism everywhere now, and political correctness. He couldn’t stand it. He threw the cigarette butt onto the lawn and turned back into the room.”
The National Fraud asks of the reader to stop and think about what it is they are reading, hearing and seeing in the news, on social media. Who is behind it, what is the truth, purpose of the stories, who are they for? It is a call to see beyond the gloss, the slogans, to engage and act now before it will be too late.
“Young people, teenagers, desperate to be able to vote, hang around outside the buildings with the big signs outside them wishing they could already vote, wishing to be free from the parental shackles the state and its vested interests have tied them down with. Change is in the dusk. Everyone can smell it.”
The National Fraud: a political allegory is available on the kindle. Buy it and vote for change.