MacAesop’s Fables # 12 – The Snake-Oil Salesman and His Pail

Our twelfth Sunday outpouring of sanctimony and self-righteous morality to be taken as seriously as Joan McAlpine’s commitment to the Scottish Parliament.  

It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs said Mr Murdoch to Mr Salmond.

A NATION’S spiritual father was carrying his pail of oil from the parliament to the people when he fell a-musing.

“The money for which this oil will be sold will buy at least 3million votes.

“The votes, allowing for all mishaps, will produce an overwhelming mandate for hundreds of corporations to plant their businesses.

“The businesses will produce enough in taxes (at lower corporation rate) so that by the end of the year all of the unemployed will have a minimum wage job.

“The grateful unemployed (now employed of course) will join the party in droves and contribute to party funds.

“With these funds I will be able to go to international parties where all the smaller nations will propose to me to form an arc of prosperity, but I will toss my head and refuse them every one.”

At this moment he tossed his head in unison with his thoughts, when down fell the oil pail to the ground, and all his imaginary schemes perished in a moment.

Analysis: McCrone Report, GERS, Dis-United Union, referendum dates, referendum questions, NATO, Deference to the House of Hanover. All of these fit quite nicely into the moral of the story: “Do not count your chickens before they have hatched.”  

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