Have you heard of Citzalia?
I hadn’t until yesterday.
So what is this Citzalia? Well, to use their own words it is –
“Democracy in action: whether you’re a student, a journalist, or even an MEP, there is a role for you to play in this virtual version of the European Parliament.”
Yup. Citzalia is a role playing computer game.
Now, I have nothing against games, though I don’t tend to play many, and have dabbled in the past in such games as SimCity and The Sims. This one however is different. You see, it’s based on the European Parliament and the writers are all excited about how you might even recognise some of the buildings. Even more startling, this game was commissioned by the European Parliament themselves at a cost of somewhere between €250,000 and €4,000,000.
What are the European Parliament commissioning games for, you ask?
It’s quite simple really.
Having built themselves up into one of the most undemocratic institutions on the planet, they are now giving us a say. They are letting us propose resolutions and vote on them. The snag is that it is a fucking game, and fuck all to do with reality. It is a virtual world. Having robbed nearly all Europe of the democratic vote in the Lisbon fiasco, they are returning the right to vote in a fucking game?
I would like to know just how realistic this game is. Am I going to be able to grant myself an exorbitant wage? Am I going to be able to claim massive allowances for playing [whether I actually play or not]? Am I going to be able to fuck over whole nations by imposing secret laws on them, through the back door? Am I going to have access to enormous quantities of cash that I can then lose so no one knows where it is gone?
Maybe this is the view of the ruling elite? Maybe they think that as long as we have a fucking game to play with, that we won’t notice what’s going on in the real world? We will be so busy shoving our little fucking avatars around the screen that we won’t see the hundreds of new laws and taxes imposed on us by Brussels?
The EU are all excited about this game and how we are all going to love it.
“Let them eat cake” they say.
They can go fuck themselves.
I’m about as happy as a pizza on Mary Harney’s plate.