Friday, 16 October 2009

Friday 55 Flash Fiction # 92 Sick Note.....

Friday 55 Flash Fiction is brought to you by G-man (Mr Knowitall). The idea is you write a story in exactly 55 words. If you want to take part pop over and let G-man know when you've posted your 55.


I've lost two fingers - so type with the others

I've lost an arm - so you've got another one

I've lost a leg - here's a crutch

I have IBS - we'll give you a colostomy

My head's falling off - we'll sew it back on

"But Doctor........

"Look the Government says you have to go back to work!"

The powers that be here have decided they want as many people as possible off Invalidity Benefit and back to work or on Job Seekers Allowance, which will save the Government a fortune.  Granted there are malingerers who could be working, but a lot of people are truly unfit to work and they will be a lot worse off.   As usual it will be the honest people who suffer!   This won't affect me but I know people that it will affect badly.


Anonymous said...

Powerful 55 my friend and so true. It is as always the few who spoil it for the mass. Well done. Have a great Friday. :)

Brian Miller said...

the many pay for the misdeeds of the few. sorry to hear. nicely done 55. hope you have a great weekend!

quilly said...

Why is it that the folks who need it most are rare the ones who actually receive help?

Dumdad said...

Great 55! Yes, you're right - the honest will get unfairly punished as usual.

anthonynorth said...

It's like a regular ritual: a party spouts off about 'scroungers'. The Daily Mail feels good for a while. Everyone thinks something is being done ... and another media diversion is over, making those in genuine need of IB worry. But nothing much will actually be done. It can't be - not if we want to remain a civilised country.

Anonymous said...

You've taken a sensitive subject and in 55 words made it palatable to read. Still, very sad situation and all too true.

My 55 is posted here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Chef Kar

Nessa said...

That's a very clever way to make a political statement.

Death and mayhem in my 55 HERE.

g-man said...

I guess this story is true all over the world eh Ake?
Excellent 55 My Dear!
I can always count on you for quality and fun.
You Rock!!
Have a Stellar Week-End....G

buffalodick said...

Harder for disability here, also!

Dr.John said...

Wow! Your government acts like ours. The good , honest people always lose.
Very good 55

I have finished my 55.
You’ll find it

But it’s a groaner.

clean and crazy said...

you come up with some great sick notes!! I love your 55!! mines up too

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh no! now i guess ours will follow suit soon! more for them, right?

smiles, bee

Daryl said...

When times are tough, things done for the greater good must prevail ...our version of Job Seekers Allowance is called Unemployment Insurance into which we pay tax money so when we are unemployed we can collect a stipend to help us manage .. alas because so many are unemployed, the length of time one can claim benefits has been shortened......

Akelamalu said...

Yes it always happens that way doesn't it Thom :(

Thankyou Brian and welcome. :)

Oh if only we had the answer to that one Quilly!

It's always the way isn't it Dumdad?

I hope the powers that be really think this one through Anthony.

Thankyou and welcome Chef Kar, yes it is sad but true.

Cheers Nessa x

Sad isn't it G-man? Glad you liked it hon. x

I think it's the same everywhere Buff!

Governments - BAH! Dr. John

Thanks Clean and Crazy you're very kind. x

No doubt Bee!

Ours is paid to even those who haven't paid any in Daryl. Then when those who have paid in need it they can't get it! :(

Ron said...

BRAVA, Akelamalu!

And as Dr John shared in his comment...

...your goverment acts alot like ours.

The only difference is that you have pay, in order to receive.

As usual, your Flash 55's are BRILLIANT!

Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend, m'dear!

Ofira Sephiroth said...

Doesn't get any more honest than this.

Dulce said...

ha ha ha... and so cruel, so real!!! Great 55

Linda said...

It's the malingerers that ruin it for the truly disabled; it's a shame that so many people prefer to scam the programs that are there to offer assistance but some people have no sense of conscience at all.

Travis said...

I think it's rarely the programs that are the problem. It comes back to people...the people who administer the programs and the people who sometimes take advantage of the benefits.

But maybe if everyone was honest then we wouldn't need so many programs to help people.

Spiky Zora Jones said...

akelamalu: oh sweetie...this one is powerful. I see your point.

People here in the states that have government jobs don't work. I've tried calling one ever I assume no on is ever there. :)

have a fab weekend honey.

bindhiya said...

Great #55 as always!!!
♥ & ((hugs))

secret agent woman said...

I'vce worked with people who were perfectly capable of work who were on disability and people who could not possibly hold down a job who couldn't get on disability. It's a broken system.

Susan at Stony River said...

What a great 55 and too true these days. Our children's services have been cut again this week---it's not like they've become less autistic, but it seems that eventually they'll cut us right down to nothing.

You wrote it just like it feels!

hope said...

Well said!

Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend, sans government interference.

Akelamalu said...

I think Governments are all of a certain mindset Ron. Have you noticed though theie rules only apply to us?

Welcome Ofira and thankyou. :)

Thanks Dule x

That's it exactly Linda! Some people have no conscience - including the politicians!

You are so right Trav but how can we get to that situation?

I know what you mean Spiky!

Thanks Bindi xx

It is definitely a broken system SAW - I too know both sorts of people. :(

Exactly Susan - as always the people who really need the help can't get it.

Cheers Hope :)

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