Pontifications along a road less travelled. Citizens, honest toil awaits


Gather round citizens and briefly rest from your labours. But not for long, our new society will not build itself. Refreshed by the stirring words of those who have so heroically marked out our path we shall strive to exceed what we have already achieved. Fellow Stakhanovites we must work without expectation of reward. ‘From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.’ Not for us the hoarding of petty pleasures, the grasping for ever more of the dross that the wages of a corrupt system will buy you. It is the duty of a citizen to pour themselves into the task the State has found for them and accept, at the end of the day, the few simple pleasures the State affords you.

Pot 1, for those who fall behind production quotas and the disabled, will comprise 600gm rye bread, 100gm kasha (buckwheat porridge), 500gm potatoes and vegetables, 128gm fish, 30gm meat, 10gm sugar and 20gm salt.


Pot 2, for those who fulfil production quotas, comprises 1,200gm rye bread, 60gm wheat, 130gm kasha, 600gm potatoes and vegetables, 158gm fish, 30gm meat, 13gm sugar and 20gm salt.


For Stakhanovites, those who exceeded the quotas; will be added 200gm bread, 50gm wheat, 150gm potatoes and vegetables, 34gm fish and 150gm meat.


Now citizens I have heard rumours that some counterrevolutionary elements have been whispering amongst themselves about ‘work-life balance, job satisfaction, career progression’ and other such nonsense.
Remember citizen the second of the sacred and fundamental laws! “Every citizen will be a public person, sustained by, supported by, and occupied at the public expense.”

The State will feed you; the State will provide you a simple bunk bed on which you may enjoy the slumber that comes to those who have truly laboured. The State will tell you what you must do to serve. Your job satisfaction comes from knowing that your labour is directed by those of your fellow citizens who are far wiser than you.

Take as your beacon the shining example of the citizens who laboured in the mines of Kolyma. Although many were class traitors and similar scum, they sought salvation through labour, and gave their worthless lives that the State could build the new world we have been promised.

Or take as your standard bearers the heroic prisoners justly cast into jail by our Chinese comrades. They have not baulked at making their very organs available for the good of the State. Ask yourself citizen, do you really need two kidneys? Is it not a sign of significant capitalist tendencies to want to hoard both of them when the State already knows of a worthy recipient?


No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.”


And if anybody asks you to sacrifice something for a cause, to ‘take one for the team,’ then you know it’s to their advantage, not yours. If it was to your advantage, they’d have told you.



A collection of anecdotes, it’s the distillation of a lifetime’s experience of peasant agriculture in the North of England. I’d like to say ‘All human life is here,’ but frankly there’s more about Border Collies, Cattle and Sheep.


As a reviewer commented, “A delightful, chatty collection of jottings, which capture the mindset of sheep and their shepherd on a day to day basis. Thank you for this refreshing ramble in the Cumbrian countryside, Jim!”

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8 thoughts on “Pontifications along a road less travelled. Citizens, honest toil awaits

  1. The Story Reading Ape July 8, 2018 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Shades of Animal Farm meets 1984, Jim 😎

    • jwebster2 July 8, 2018 at 4:08 pm Reply

      Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia!

      (In reality I merely quoted from NKVD Order 00943, 14 August 1939,) 😦

  2. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt July 8, 2018 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Terrifying. When I read The Economist the other day on what China is doing with the internet, I had the same thoughts. They control ‘content’ – and attempt to modify their citizens that way. Can’t see that they’re all a lot happier, no matter who’s telling them what to think.

    Do we do better? Possibly. Would your average schoolteacher who binge-drinks to oblivion on the weekends be better off under Communist rule? Meaning must come from within.

    • jwebster2 July 8, 2018 at 5:55 pm Reply

      And the communist party answer has always been to make sure they are the only ones allowed to put anything within. Hence their dislike of the churches

      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt July 8, 2018 at 7:54 pm

        That’s why I hate the Communists. Always have, since before Castro ‘liberated’ Cuba, the same way the Communist partisans ‘liberated’ Eastern Europe after WWII.

        It is SO hard to get away from Communism once it gets its claws into a country.

        I mourn for Mexico – Lopez Obrador is, and always has been, a Communist. He is a Castro in the making, and the only thing going for him is that he’s old (he’s been trying for years), has already had one heart attack that is known about (IIRC), and may not make his six years. But his goal has been the same as Castro’s.

        Communism is early Christianity without the love. Funny how there is always someone who comes out on top, while the masses starve.

      • jwebster2 July 9, 2018 at 7:16 am

        The purpose of party politics is to ensure you’re the ones who come out on top. The masses starving is always the fault of the previous government 😦

      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt July 9, 2018 at 11:05 am

        My admiration (and charitable dollars) are for the people who keep the food banks running, and actually DO the works of Christian charity. They are quiet folk, doing the job our Master left us. Whatever their religion.

      • jwebster2 July 9, 2018 at 3:20 pm


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