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Readers Letter: Dismayed by the hostility...

   
 
 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I must admit I find myself perplexed and indeed somewhat dismayed by the show of hostility that the scientific community appears to have engendered with its latest advance.

Change is coming...

The creation of a tireless labourer needing neither food, water, nor surcease from its toil should be seen as a liberation of mankind. Yet some persist in viewing such an advance as a frightening attack on their complacent adherence to the status-quo.

Yes, the coal miner will no longer be required to spend his hours sweating underground in return for his daily bread. It's true that the farm labourer may be replaced entirely by a machine either driven by one of these automata, or by an artificial creature in the shape of a harvesting engine. This change is true and unarguable across the whole of the labour force.

At first glance this change is a disaster for the working man. No requirement for work means no requirement for workers, and consequently those workers receive no wages.

A perfectly logical surmise but one which is, at best, superficial and uninformed. These mechanical men will require workers of a different calibre to, initially, construct, and later maintain, adjust and repair them. Workers who because of the focus on skill and precision rather than brute strength must perforce be intelligent men and possibly, dare I say it, intelligent women.

Intelligent men and women who must, perforce demand and receive wages commensurate with their abilities else seek employment elsewhere. Gone will be the days of the harsh mill owner's booming laugh echoing around the courtyard as his cowed and beaten workers file in and out of the building that has been paid for by their blood and sweat. Gone the days of exhausted men trudging wearily home after a day in the lightless depths of the earth, a handful of tawdry coins and the dreaded black lung their only reward.

Clocks could have free will...

Imagine instead a loom or spinning Jenny that is its own operator, mechanical arms flipping a shuttle back and forth with inhuman speed, each thread draw perfect and flawless. Furthermore imagine these devices, should it transpire that they are indeed imbued with free will, rising up from their beds of toil and demanding fair treatment from their oppressors. What effect will deprivation or even violence have on these artefacts of art and metal. None who stand against the fair treatment of the worker, be he flesh or steel, can prevail.

By the very eyes of God it's beautiful…

I remain, your servant,

Duke Euphoria De'Gryn RGB KSC

Knight of the Living Dead.

 

Govt And Union To Talk About Clockwork Jobs

Labour Dispute ;
 

Officials from Her Majesty's Government will hold talks with trade unions representing workers at the Department for the Advancement of Sciences to discuss concerns over job security.

The talks are to explore ways of averting strike action at several facilities currently working on the controversial Clockwork Project, and union demands for the restriction of  automated labour in the UK workplace.

Adam - Saviour or Sinner?

The Government is hopeful the development of automata will brighten the country's economic prospects and lift many out of poverty. There has been interest in the project from America and China, where Clockwork labour is expected to be used in the agriculture industry.

Job Security

Job fears have been echoed by railway workers and miners, who believe that every form of  manual labour is threatened if the Clockwork Project goes ahead without the necessary assurances from the authorities. Other  unions will be watching the outcome of the talks, before deciding on next steps. Many fear it could escalate to a nationwide dispute if not handled properly.

Government sources say it's hopeful industrial action will be averted and a resolution found, before the dispute spreads to other parts of the

workforce. A special team of negotiators has been chosen to lead the talks, including representatives from the Church and industry.

Attempts To Stop Production

London Gazette has heard that work on the Clockwork Project was  hampered by last week's theft of Ambinium from a government research facility, and it is now known that the mineral is being used to develop a battery to power the automatons.

The Police are still no closer to finding out who was responsible for the break-in, and a offering a reward to anyone that can provide information that leads to an arrest.

The talks, which take place in London on Thursday, are likely to determine the future of labour relations and the economic fortunes of the country.

Expo Hits The Road

In other news, the Department for the Advancement of Sciences has announced that the Tomorrow's World... Today! Expo will travel to various events around the country as part of a 'Science Show & Tell'. The first event will take place at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk on July 14th.

 

"Dropped Like A Stone" - The Spanner Responds

The Spanner
 
Jack Ludd

I'm sure I don't need to remind you all that our strength comes through unity. We look after our own. When you ask the authorities for help or you offer them assistance remember that they are not your friends. They don't have your best interests to heart. They are possessed by the Law, by the spirit of "The good", they won't see you they will see a subject to be catalogued, recorded and filed away under "suspect".

As you will have probably heard a quantity of Ambi rocks that were originally stolen from India by industrialist thieves and red-tape charlatans is no longer in their possession. They are up in arms that others had the temerity and the might to do as they do; seizing the Ambi rocks to further their own ends.

The industrialists cry "But we are not thieves. The Law has decreed what is ours". To which we at The Spanner reply "The world is a common treasury for all; you and your laws have stolen it from us. We did not give you the world, you stole it. So, what do we care that what wasn't yours has been taken from you?"

Remember, Careless Chatter leads to the clatter of policemens boots on the stair.

Remember who your friends are.

 

 

 

Government Laboratory Theft - Ambinium Missing

Ambinium Sample
 
 

A Police investigation is underway after thieves broke into a Government research building on Saturday night, and stole what sources claim to be a "huge quantity" of the mineral Ambinium.

It is thought that the theft may be in relation to the current industrial dispute over the development of the Clockwork project at the Department for the Advancement of Sciences.

The thieves are thought to have carried out several experiments in the laboratory before moving the substance. The incident happened some time between 18:00 on Saturday evening and 03:00 on Sunday morning at the Mayfair research centre, in London.

Rock Powers Clocks

Ambinium, a controlled substance used in the aviation industry, is thought to be a vital component in creating a self-sustaining way to power Clocks.

The department is at the centre of a row with trade unions, over the impact the Clockwork Project will have on the workforce. Undisclosed sources claim that there have been several threatened walk-outs at the troubled research centre.

The police believe the substance was too large to move by land, which is why the thieves treated it with chemicals, and may have escaped by floating above ground. They are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything unusual on Sunday night to contact them.

Sky Pirates Suspected

Sources close to the investigation claim that the Police are talking to the Royal Flying Corps to find out if there has been any new Sky Pirate activity over the past few weeks.

A reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest of the culprits and recovery of the Ambinium. If the substance isn't found, work at the research centre will almost most certainly grind to a halt.

Ambinium was first discovered in 1766, when traders from India introduced it to England. It led to the development of cities in the skies, and it was used to power large airships. It became a controlled substance in 1817, when the government closed a tax loophole exploited by the gambling industry to create casino's in the sky.