The Dog that won an Election

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The Dog that won an election

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...a disappointing curiousity in need of a lot of polish...

With an election in upcoming in the local area, the local ruling officials looks to find the perfect candidate, A candidate who will do exactly what they say. Given the local saying that a dog with a money basket round its neck could be elected, they decide to do just that, and nominate a German Shepherd called Timbuktu. Having found their candidate, they set out to bribe and coerce the other candidates and the local population into doing electing the dog. And just to make sure, they ballot rig the election to try and get their way.

This short script for a play was created after the writer heard of similar treatment of favoured candidates in his own country in Uganda, what in Britain would be termed “pig in a rosette” syndrome. Feeling insulted, he resolved to highlight the situation and dedicated this play to the victims of bad governance.

The play itself is short and simplistic, covering several scenes that dot in and out of the course of the election. The characters presented are very stereotypical caricatures of the roles and positions they play, and there is no depth to any of the characters other than the exposing of their base instincts and reasoning. More unfortunately, the spelling and grammar have several mistakes and the formatting does not help. That said the story is certainly true to the ideals it was written for and makes the point clearly about how such elections can be won.

I always enjoy reading something different, but this is in need of a lot of polish.

For me, a disappointing curiousity and a shame as both title and plot could have led to so much more.

Rating: 2
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