Stephen Measure is an author of unconventional satires and strange stories.
The Far Eastern republic of Inevitable Khaos is at war with the repulic of Incredible Khaos and an international conference is gathering in a neutral European capital to discuss the problem. First on the scene come the security authorities wrangling about accommodation for their delegations. Two Russian painters may be spies, refugees seeking political asylum or the advance guard of the Russian delegation. And a young Khaotian patriot decides to live in a tree outside the conference building until peace comes to his country.
Next arrive the delegates themselves: they discuss procedure, protocol and the official language. But the main pre-occupation of each is to utter the precise cliche that will fire the world's imagination and immortalize his attendance at the conference.
The Looking-Glass Conference is a brilliant political satire. It is uproariously funny, but Mr Blunden's host of characters are endearingly human and their varied national characteristics are unmistakably true to life.
Tougher sentencing laws to fill it up?
Something about this plan smells.
After losing seats in the election, a (less than) honourable Prime Minister decides to do things his way with a massive new tough-on-crime bill. Finally, he’ll have the power to silence his critics once and for all. It was all going according to plan until word gets out to the feisty mayor of Riverdale, Quebec, who decides to fight back. Rallying behind their mascot, Arthur the skunk, she and the town pull out all the stops to end the Government’s charade. Then it’s the Prime Minister’s turn to face the music.