The is piece was written for the Six Sentence Challenge, with the prompt word of ‘nebulous’.
“Stan, this campaign speech simply won’t do, with all these references to targets for economic growth, employment levels, CO2 reduction, home ownership rates, let alone how we are going to handle foreign relations.”
“But, with respect, Prime Minister, these are all issues that our focus groups are telling us will sway their vote this time around and that they’re fed up with vague promises and meaningless cliches.”
“Stan, when you’ve been in this game as long as I have, you’ll understand that focus groups tell you what they think they should about those issues, which bears little resemblance to what they actually think, which is that they’re going to vote for the Party that promises them more of everything, without raising taxes.”
“Prime Minister, we included a specific question on that last matter and the vast majority were adamant that they’d be willing to pay more tax to improve education, health, the environment and employment.”
“Stan, you’re simply not listening; that’s what they say to feel better about the fact that they’ll rip to shreds anyone who actually does any such thing. I’m sorry, Stan, but I’m going to have to let you go and hire someone who really understands the concept of nebulosity as the core of democracy.”