Jim Ladd – Issue 20

Report by Little Jim Ladd (our countrywide reporter of the nation’s underbelly)

Visiting the village of Little Wanting, a place where neediness is a thing of the past. Speaking with Terry Towelling, the village mayor, Jim found out that the village had gotten together one day to construct their own, self-suffiicient economy.

“After the last brush with a global supermarket chain, we decided enough was enough. They came in and made profit, employing very few from the village, and then upping sticks without a by-your-leave, causing much economic unrest in the village.”

The building once occupied by the conglomerate was turned into an indoor market and sports hall where the people of the village and surrounding environs can enjoy shopping and playing sport at a massively discounted price. The proceeds go straight back into the village’s coffers and are distributed on the basis of village needs. They hold regular meetings at the Village Hall, and the ‘council’ if you like, rotate responsibility on a monthly basis. There were early teething problems when it was the turn of the village idiot, who by the way was made independently wealthy when he fell into money, but a villager through and through. He didn’t quite grasp the tenets of their project and had pictures of geese all over the town insisting that they had something to tell the village about community et al. Luckily, the other villagers helped him through and retired him to the geese farm they had started up in the south of the village. The geese and he are in rude health and flourishing with the help of the subsidy the village can provide for his services.

The best thing about the village and its new economy is that they do not use money to enact their exchanges. They produce a credit system whereby anyone working for another is given village credits that they can use to procure their own services as and when needed. With a decent computer network, the ‘accounts’ are kept up to date and are accessible by every inhabitant of the village over the age of sixteen: though those youngsters are given read-only access to the information so they can see what is going on in the village and even contribute ideas that are given credible consideration by the adults.

Recently, the villagers have reluctantly felt the need to have a form of Home Guard, who patrol the perimeters of the village and challenge anyone before allowing them access to the place. This is because not long ago, some people tried to infiltrate the place and spread calumny with a view to undermining the effectiveness of the economy. It was later discovered the perpetrators were sponsored by large companies and the Conservative 1922 Committee amongst other subversive organisations.

A teacher said this of the village, “We have become an authentic co-operative society and are educating our children to respect themselves and their fellow inhabitants and their village.”

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