The scene: A secret governmental office in some seemingly innocuous building in London. Four top executive types sit around a conference table.
Man 1: Right, the department that provide us with our funds are wanting to cut our funding back unless we can prove how valuable and useful we are to the country.
Man 2: Again?
Man 1: Yes again. So what we need to do is highlight the dangers of something…like what we did before.
Man 3: Yes like with the bottled water thing. That proved effective though unpopular with voters and as approval ratings of our existence is wavering on the low side we need to appear to be proactive but not too disruptive to society.
Woman: I get it. Ok, how about getting MI7 to create another terrorist attack?
Man 1: Too costly. We’re still paying the compensation on that one.
Man 2: Could we not create some new figure of focus like Abu Hamsa?
Man 3: That requires international agreement and at the moment we’re not that popular.
Man 1: Indeed, so what we need to do is think of something like with the bottled water thing that makes us look proactive but causes the minimal amount of disruption.
The four look around the room for inspiration…
Woman: Oooh! Ooh! How about pens? A would be terrorist could pack a pen with explosive and then detonate it aboard a plane or ferry.
Man 3: Good one…but still too disruptive. Worth remembering that one though. The airlines would probably be in agreement with that and be able to sell biros during the flight for exorbitant prices….but no…not this time…let me think…
The four look around more…
Man 1: How about spectacle cases?
Man 3: Yeah…fewer people carry those…but I don’t think the public would buy it.
More looking round and scratching of heads.
There is a knock on the door. The door opens.
Youthful IT dude: Entering room Alright…sorry…I’m from IT. I’ve been asked to change the toner cartridge on the printer in here. Would it be OK for me to do that? I’ll only be a couple of minutes.
All four: With look of universal approval and acceptance. Toner cartridges!
And that….is EXACTLY what happened.
I know this…because I was the IT dude *
*May be lies