The Ruling Thatcher Dynasty in the Year 7024 AD
This short tale is a political satire and is set in the future where two branches of conservatism rule; one by the law of ideas, and the other by moral law. The story give examples of how each can work together to resolve social issues, although one, caused by the missing number 5, has created a rift between them. More
This short tale is a political satire and is set in the future where two branches of conservatism rule; one by the law of ideas, and the other by moral law. The story give examples of how each can work together to resolve social issues, although one, caused by the missing number 5, has created a rift between them. By the author of The Teddy Bear and A Man of Fingernails.
For centuries the Thatcher dynasty has progressively ruled over its people under the watchful eye of the Conservative Party. This long dynasty, though innately conservative, have often been accused of being radical, even communist, and anarchist by the true Conservatives, who remind the Thatchers of their duty to its people, and to not go too far with reform. For example, many years ago pet rock lovers wanted legal and spiritual marriage in the same way other lovers have had for millennia, and a strong lobby group petitioned the Thatchers to accede to their demands for equality. The Thatchers seriously considered their proposition, with a view to further social reform, and they consulted the true Conservatives, who advised against it as being contrary to the spiritual law, which they are in charge of. The Thatchers offered a compromise - a civil recognition of pet rock lover partnerships, even though this might make their counterparts unhappy; who, by virtue of being in perpetual opposition, will cite moral disintegration. The true Conservatives, as keepers and interpreters of divine wisdom, nevertheless did have the final say, since sexual unions are ultimately spiritual. After much argy bargy between the Thatchers and the true Conservatives, and a stalemate having ensued, pet rock lovers activists agreed that some progress was better than none, and they accepted further compromise – an underground recognition of their union, and on condition their unions are discreet, i.e. no newspaper announcements and the ceremonies to be conducted at night away from civilisation, so as to not rile the militant element of the true Conservatives. This is quite a good example of how the Thatchers respect for true Conservative opinion helped resolve a difficult issue. This is known as democracy. The true Conservatives are the keepers of spiritual law, and the Thatchers interpret the law of ideas. All laws are then to be considered and this is known as the rule of law.
Progress in the society depends on the rule of the Thatchers and no thought is given to the true Conservatives ever ruling in their own right. It was once tried when Callum West of the true Conservative faction the Liberals staged a bloodless coup and usurped the 5th Thatcher dynasty in the year 5055 and ruled for five years. Having not much idea of government the Liberals created schisms in society which caused previously unassociated radical groups, unhappy with true Conservative rule, to combine and overthrow the Liberals. There was much bloodletting long unheard of, with many suicide bombings, executions and kidnappings. For the populace these were very troubling times, and eventually a strong member of the Thatchers returned from exile and restored order. After the coup, the Thatchers were reinstated by the rebels, and immediately a question was put forward to the people asking them whether the true Conservatives should be given the opportunity to rule again, despite the recent troubles. This is known as a referendum. The no vote was 86%, the yes 10% and the rest abstained. A second question was then put to the people. Should true Conservative caution be nevertheless enshrined in law, in that every Thatcher ruler must consider the apprehensions of the true Conservatives when they are implementing social change? The yes vote was 66%, the no 29% and the rest abstained.