Eye Witness Account
are here: http://www.forbiddenhistory.co.uk/tourism/severity_act.htm
Social Severity Act is a law demanding modesty and austerity in
all public areas, including public gatherings, committee, commerce
meetings, military parades & marches, and all official State and
Act is specifically enforced during Designated Working Hours (DWH),
but extends to cover all hours in public areas. The Act does not
extend explicitly to within a Citizen's home, but behaviour contrary
to the spirit of the Social Severity Act could be regarded as subversive,
and lead to the possibility of arrest by the OSS
or the Citizens New Model Militia.
Act was introduced by the glorious leaders of the Party, partly
brought about by the puritanical enthusiasm of the Party, and partly
by the intolerable decadence that permeated society, with far too
many workers spending their days and nights drunk or drinking, leading
to a lowering of moral and social standards, with productivity in
many Designated Labour Zones falling to zero. The Act swiftly ended
such abuse of freedom, as usual caused by a small group of Citizens
out of line with the majority of loyal and dedicated Citizens.
the many prohibitions the Act introduces, the core principle is
to reduce drunkenness during work times, and cut down on the amount
of projectile vomiting over expensive machinery that was costing
a fortune in labour hours to clean and repair.
final act of impurity and decadence that demanded the introduction
of the Act, was when every single member of Fourth Artillery &
Cannonfodder Battalion, a reserve unit of the Citizens
New Model Militia, failed to turn up for weekly drill practice
as they had all been out for a very long session in the Dog &
Biscuit public house the night before.
of this unit subsequently served one month undergoing Corrective
Therapy under the direction of the OSS, before being despatched
on a map-making exercise in the Winterland. The Militia report full
attendance figures since the introduction of the Social Severity
Act as the Fourth Artillery & Cannonfodder Battalion are presently
two years overdue and are listed as MIA (Missing in Action).
Witness:The Glorious History of the State in Black & White
Old Mrs McNally's account of the times before and after the Social
remembers the days before the Social Severity Act. Ah, good
times. In those days I could sit outside the public houses and
laugh out aloud as I watched the New Model Militia beat seven
colours of crap out of some poor unfortunate idiot that had
wandered too close to the flame of Purity.
all so different now. It's strictly against the Common Law to
have a good time on the city streets. Now I has to turn away
in case a grin cracks across my beaten old face, or a chuckle
tries to raise its troublesome head and escape my vile, toothless
damn Act took all the fun out of life. The austerity of the
Party of Purityranny is absolute. The Party are very serious
can't even enquire as to the crime perpetrated by the dissident
now, even as they is getting arrested. I remembers one particular
occasion. I was younger then, only in me sixties, and I had
watched as some young fool had the foolhardiness to stroll up
to a wandering Militia patrol as they were giving a distributor
of seditious pamphlets a very useful lesson in how to defend
yourself against ten large men armed with big sticks, and
asking that very question.
the Militia sergeant co-ordinating the training exercise was
reading through the blasphemous green leaflets and shaking his
head in disgust. He stopped and turned, stared at the poor fool
for a couple of seconds, and then smiled a very nasty smile,
all teeth and no humour. I remembers what he said;
interfering in the Purity of the Party's work by asking a very
stupid question, without properly prepared documentation, the
authority to do so, and without even consulting your local subcommittee.'
never did find out what eventually happened to that questioning
fool. I heard something about him receiving some tips on how
to crawl out of a ring of kicking boots, on accounts of a stamp
on his ID papers being slightly off centre, but I 'ain't too
last I saw of him was his tooth, as it landed next to me feet.
was quite lucky really. I got a hundred State Promissory Notes
for the gold filling."
McNally's name has been added to the OSS arrest sheet and is presently
is a way of life.
to report a crime, allowing a crime to take place, or being victim
of a crime through carelessness or incompetence, constitutes committing
Party is watching. The Party is listening. The Party knows all.