STOP THE BOATS

The Home Secretary sat down to her meal in the grand hotel ballroom.

The day had gone well. ‘STOP THE BOATS’: the perfect slogan to win back their core voters.

Some of those irritating lawyers and activists and soft left-y socialists had bleated on about the European Convention of Human Rights, and breaking international law, but they’d been shouted down in the Twitter storm of sycophants and bots.

Getting out of the ECHR would come later. Then she could really deal with those bloody immigrants.

She waited. No food came.

A hotel manager appeared. ‘Very sorry, Home Secretary. I’m afraid there are no staff to wait the tables. You see, you’ve sent them all back to their countries of origin.’

Copyright Jennifer Pendergast

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read more stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Apologies for a bit of a despairing moan about the language and legislation that this Tory UK government have deployed this week, as we stumble ever onwards towards xenophobia and fascism in the UK.

‘The State Trilogy’ and ‘The Barra Boy’ available now.

70 responses to “STOP THE BOATS”

  1. Wonderful, Iain! Best wishes, Michael

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      1. You’re welcome, Iain! xx Michael

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  2. Hari OM
    Bravo, right on topic!!! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you – if only it wasn’t a topic…!

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  3. Oh the irony! I think they’ll have to cut back next on over-generous benefits to drive the servants back to work

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  4. Yep, only here it would be “because there was nobody to harvest the food”…

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    1. Yep, we have that one too!

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  5. Dear Iain,

    Now there’s a way to drive the message home. Bon apetit, Secretary.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Nothing speaks louder to a self-righteous Redneck than a growling stomach! Yes!

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      1. If only it would bring about a change of direction, alas not from our current rulers.

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      2. I’ve always thought Grassroots activism is more effective for culture change…

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      3. I wish I could see it bringing about change more, and quicker.

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      4. Yah, I get that.

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    2. Thanks Rochelle – if only there was a way to make this government listen and think a little more compassionately.

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  6. Ah, Britain. The trouble with a country founded so deeply in thinking its better than others, is how do you translate that to an increasingly connected international community? It’s elements like this that make me glad to have moved away.

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    1. Yes, your well out of it. I can only dream that my part (Scotland) which does feel like a different place entirely from the south of England, will one day break free.

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  7. LOL serves her right.

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    1. Exactly. I could wish a lot worse on her, but this’ll do for now!

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  8. As you’re being political, how many of those Albanian young men in the boats end up actually working? Proper immigrants contribute to the economy, or would do if illegal ones didn’t clog up the system by jumping the queue.

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    1. I have no idea, do you? Not doubting there is a problem that needs sorted with the small boat crossings. But a solution that rips up human rights, throws refugees and asylum seekers into a jail for 28 days and automatically deports them without them having any rights or recourse to legal advice or guidance is beyond cruel. Breaking international law and criminalising vulnerable people is not a good look. It is one of the biggest gaps between how England seems to react as a society compared to Scotland, and I wish I could distance myself from this government entirely. Not in my name, as they say. On the flip side, Britain takes less refugees than many countries in Europe, and has few legal avenues for genuine asylum seekers to get here. Any defence of this latest abhorrent policy is deeply misguided. Gary Lineker is correct – the language being used is reminiscent of 1930s Germany, and that is surely not a comparison we wish, or a place we want to be heading towards.

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  9. Ha! Ha! Isn’t that a reality that repeats over and over in society? The people who make the luxuries happen are the least recognized until they’re not there any more.

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    1. Yes, if only people could see that before we end up in difficulty!

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  10. Sounds perfectly horrid, Iain. I watched John Oliver last night do a feature on Ron DeSantis, who is probably going to run for POTUS in 2024 and how as governor he’s turned the state of FL into is own personal fascist state. Fun times on the horizon. I loved this line: “they’d been shouted down in the Twitter storm of sycophants and bots.”

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    1. Yes, it’s depressing beyond words really. I hope the US doesn’t veer back to the right after the Trump years. I’m hoping our Tory government will be gone by the time we have our next election in 18 months, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they are voted in again.

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      1. I know what you mean. If the Magates get in in 2024 things are going to get real scary.

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  11. Hah! Serves her right. It is a sad state of affairs. We need immigration, yet we don’t want too much of it. Or, we want the “right” kind.

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    1. We do seem to want to choose which vulnerable people we would prefer to help.

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      1. Ain’t that the truth…

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  12. Brilliant, she lost out there.

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    1. Thank you, if only it could be true!

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  13. Perfect ending!
    And I am very happy to say that I am at last enjoying reading your latest book, The Barra Boy. Intriguing! I am guessing at how it turns out, will see if I am right. 🙂

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    1. Fabulous, hope you enjoy it. Do leave a review somewhere to let me know!

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      1. I definitely will! 🙂

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  14. A topical tale indeed. Living as I do on the south coast of England where the small boats are coming ashore, it’s always interesting to read others’ thoughts on the subject. Dale is spot on when she says we want the right kind of immigration.

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    1. Thanks Keith. No argument that something needs to be done, but breaking international law on human rights can’t be the way to go about it.

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  15. It’s the same here in the U.S. unfortunately. Many are ok with using immigrants but they aren’t welcome at the table.

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    1. Very much that Tracey. It seems to be everywhere now.

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  16. Doing lip service to socialism while lusting after a champagne life! Good story, Ian.

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  17. Boom! And I wonder if, without immigrants, her gardens will be well kept. Be careful what you wish for.

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    1. Thanks Alicia. It’s dog whistle politics at its very worst.

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  18. And yet, I don’t think it will wake her up and will change her evil mind. Nicely done.

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    1. Unfortunately not, maybe a change of government is what’s needed instead.

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  19. It’s more ironic over here. Where I’m sitting used to be Mexico, and people want to pretend like we’re the immigrants.

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    1. It’s complicated everywhere, and mostly lacking in basic humanity.

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  20. i guess one never realizes the value of something until it’s gone.

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  21. Love how you picked up on our current political agenda Iain 🙂

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  22. Be careful what you wish for! Well done.

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  23. Another option is to pay decent wages so people want to serve. They use to be “stepping” jobs.

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    1. Yes, in general just treat people better.

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  24. So true to life Ian. Thanks for the laugh….Didn’t see that coming.

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    1. Thanks Susan. You have to laugh!

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  25. The perfect comeuppance.

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  26. That’ll teach him! Just desserts…nicely done, Iain.

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  27. I despair at the extremes. Where is the compassion? Nicely done, Iain!

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  28. 😳 nice! She’d better get up and serve herself some humble pie. 😁

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  29. The governors of Texas and Florida have worked out a US solution. Use tax money to lease busses and give them free rides to other states. LOL Only ten million more bus loads and problem solved (he said sarcastically).

    Wonderful, Iain. The pot was well-stirred. 🙂

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    1. Yes, we have similar – planes to Rwanda – although none have left yet as it’s still in the courts.

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