Political observers and members of the public reacted in horror today, when cross-party-funded Westminster board game, “Screw Britannia!” went on sale across the UK.
The game sees players adopt the role of one of the current leaders of the four main UK political parties – Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and UKIP – and then race to see who can be the first to bring about the complete and utter annihilation of the country.
Players are each given a number of objectives, ranging from the privatisation of the NHS to the demolition of the welfare state, which they must complete using only a spinner, their wits and a chilling lack of empathy for any person living or dead.
As the game progresses, players can earn extra points by completing a number of minor side-missions. These range from jizzing millions of pounds of taxpayers money on lavish parties, to concealing reports of child-abuse by members of the House of Lords from the public. One side-quest, or “Mini Mandate” as the game refers to them as, sees players compete to slash as much disability benefit as they can, in the hope of inciting the “mass, collective suicide” of the UK’s disabled and infirm.
The four main Westminster parties, who each contributed to the design and funding of “Screw Britannia!”, have defended the game, calling it “just a bit of harmless fun.” Social media users, however, have been quick to slam the game, brading it “vile”, “outrageous” and claiming that the rules are “far too confusing.”
We approached Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, for his views on the board game, but he ran away and lost us down an alleyway.
What do you think? Is “Screw Britannia!” just a bit of harmless fun, or does the very thought of it make you want to punch Nigel Farage through a fence? Then set him on fire? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.