‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!’

The quote from Walter Scott ran around his head. He was trapped in a web of his own making.

He had lied, deceived, obfuscated. All in an attempt to extricate himself from the situation.

There was only one way out: create more uncertainty, spin an even more entwined narrative, hide behind distraction and decoy.

He stood. ‘Thank you Mr. Speaker. If it pleases the House, I would like to present a Bill to dissolve Parliament and hold a General Election.’

He was met by a wall of uproar, some in support, some abusive. Papers were waved, schoolyard jeering aplenty.

He smiled. The spider lived to fight another day.

Copyright Sue Vincent

This is a response to the #writephoto Prompt: Web  – curated over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by the image.

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24 responses to “A TANGLED WEB”

  1. Love this story! Exactly how (most) politicians operate 😀

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    1. Certainly this current mob that we’ve been landed with! 😉

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    1. Could be either, but we’re gearing up for an election here in the UK before Christmas, so the news coverage has been non-stop.

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      1. Could be either. Politics and politicians is so depressing these days!

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  2. Definitely hits the quote. If they were only honest in the first place, it wouldn’t be an issue.

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    1. An honest politician? I don’t believe such a thing exists!

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      1. Isn’t than an oxymoron? Which perfectly describes most politicians!

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  3. All too pertinent, I fear. And Halloween too… 😉

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    1. Not sure which is scarier – Halloween or our upcoming election!


      1. People are scarier than ghosts any day 😉

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  4. Sounds familiar. So modern day life is not as original or innovative as we think.
    PS (Thanks for the review of ‘The Listener’. I am please you enjoyed my first attempt at short short stories).
    Just noticed today.

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    1. You’re welcome James. I have your other short story collection sitting on my kindle too – I will get round to reading it at some point!


      1. I hope you enjoy them. also perhaps you might consider if my background research worked. Many thanks.

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  5. Excellent, Iain. I enjoyed your take.

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  6. The spiders are gathering weaving their tissues of lies and that daft , not able to string two sentences together , eagle is hovering above them waiting to shit on then from a great night! 🦇🦇

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    1. A nice summation of the election campaign! 😉


      1. Sadly it’s not far from the truth is it 🥴

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