A British Army unit in Afghanistan suffers bloody losses because of political bungling… but they stumbles upon a cache of weapons, explosives and money.


Disaffection and economic hardship is widespread.

Tax rises and cutbacks are biting, and jobs are scarce.

The political classes are increasingly privileged, detached…and hated.

When some Members of Parliament are killed in a series of apparent gas explosions, it doesn’t take long for the conspiracy of assassination to become public.

After the initial shock, public resentment boils over into sympathy for the killers, identified as rogue veterans of Britain’s recent wars.

Civil liberties are curtailed in a race against time to catch the assassins.

But what is the real conspiracy behind the plot, aimed at Britain’s 650 MPs?

  1. iainspaton says:

    This popped into my head last week and I had to start writing it. The idea is simple, but it is based on 650 MPs being picked off one-by-one and there is a wider social commentary on the reactions of the public and the government, plus the inevitable twist in the conspiracy!

  2. Stephen Dedalus says:

    This could potentially get big, in a ‘V for Vendetta’ way. The sense of betrayal is at the heart of this. Anyone who has seen how the defence procurement process progressively broke down under increasing pressure during the period running up to Afghanistan and Iraq, with the consequent loss of life, limbs and sanity has to be aware that this touches a lot of raw nerves.

    • iainspaton says:

      It’s a bit of a balancing act. The MP interludes are quite enjoyable, throwing as much sleaze as possible at a fictitious character – inspired by reality of course – so we can cheer when they meet a grisly end. There is a backstory in Afghanistan, drawing heavily on betrayals, lies and cutbacks, and the conspirators are a “League of Gentlemen” bunch who blow politicians up, among other forms of murder. But there is a wider story in terms of how the public may react to such an event, which could well be initial horror with a large element of schadenfreude, even popular support in some sections of society. This, in turn, plays against the government response, which could be invocation of the civil contingencies act, and a massive restriction of civil liberties and rights. This could degenerate into further chaos and the endgame is a situation where democracy no longer exists, even in token form… but to whose ultimate benefit? There is the potential for conflict throughout the narrative, if there is “collateral damage” or if that rara avis, the popular, honest and diligent politician, is harmed, with a shift in public mood. It’s fun writing this, a bit at a time!

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