Sprite’s Site goes to the Polls

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You may remember that in 2014 Sprite and her friends played a game of Elections  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/donkey-votes/

This year in line with elections in Australia and the USA Sprite and co are playing Elections again despite or maybe because of the anxiety politics and the state of the world is causing her.

The same candidates are standing for election at Sprite’s Site this year but there has been an influx of extra voters as the Persona Dolls all requested the right to vote.
They had found out about the election when one of the Pork Barrelling Pigs gained 3D status and took up residence on the farm belonging to the family of country kid Evelyn

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Oinker (the Pork Barreller) informed the folk at Sprite’s Site that almost all the 2D inhabitants of Sprite’s Site had a 3D doppelganger over at Personas, profiles and portraits blog https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/

Since Sprite’s Site has been declared an area of sanctuary the Persona Dolls have been welcomed into the community.

But there was considerable debate about whether the Persona Dolls should be allowed to vote as it could be implied that they were being given permanent resident status for Sprite’s Site.
Some were afraid that the Persona Dolls would take the jobs which rightfully belonged to the Sprite’s Site characters and cited the recent post for the Hoagies Gifted July blog hop: All things Science where the Persona Dolls had posed for the illustrations as an example.
Others thought they would not do their share of the work and would just be doll/dole bludgers!

However, when Evelyn and her grandma produced cakes and gingerbread men for the cake stall, the Persona Dolls were welcomed warmly.
The dogs all hoped that they would also provide a Barbie Queue for the sausage sizzle!

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Miranda quickly acquainted herself with the policies of the various candidates at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/donkey-votes/  and proceeded to hand out the how to vote cards.

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Dystopia

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I had missed out on visiting Sprite’s Site on April Fools’ Day. Apparently the pranks played this year were not as original and well thought out as some of the previous years.
In 2010 and 2014 Sprite had claimed she could come into my dimension
and in 2012 Tweetil announced that he had swallowed a wormhole

This year the tricks had been restricted to whoopee cushions on chairs and Little Bully Black Dog sticking KICK ME signs on backs and then kicking everybody in the bottom whether or not they had a sign on them and calling them an April Fool if they protested.

No wonder the Pair O’Noids were still checking each other’s back every few minutes when I arrived a week later!

It was not only the Pair O’Noids who seemed to be out of sorts.
As Australia and the US approach elections another Sprite’s Site election is also due sometime in the next few months.

Caramel Cat has already announced his intention to again run for the Fat Cat Party and has been trumpeting his election promises. They sound like benefits for all on the surface but, when analysed, are found to only be benefits for Caramel Cat and his Fat Cat cronies.

Sprite is feeling concerned about the elections and about the state of the world.
It did not help that she had been studying some grim periods in World History and that, having studied George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Intellectual Dabrowski had made Sprite read Orwell’s 1984 and then suggested that she should also read Robert Westall’s  Futuretrack 5, Ira Levin’s This Perfect Day and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.

Sprite has always been concerned about how the leaders we elect behave and her own personal responsibility
She worries about the effects of climate change, broken promises from politicians, injustice to the indigenous peoples, and lack of compassion towards refugees, the elderly, the sick and the disadvantaged.
She is also made anxious by the Pair O’Noids whispered hints of conspiracies and a socially engineered return to a feudal system which benefits the rich at the expense of the poor.

“You have to stop Intellectual insisting that Sprite read all these dark dystopian future books!” Emotional Dabrowski said. “She is too young to worry about all that unpleasant stuff! It makes her feel sad and powerless.”

“It is a problem associated with Asynchronous Development” said Columbus Cheetah. “Sprite can understand those books and Intellectual insists that it is her duty to read them. And he is adamant that she must think about them critically and compare the worlds described in the stories with the conditions that she sees in the world.”

“She is not ready to deal with all the emotions these books stir up!” said Emotional.
“In fact I am not ready to go through it all with her yet either!”

“It feels like such a long time ago that she was reading Once upon a time” said Columbus “But it also feels like just yesterday!”