In The Detail
by Simon Kewin
Daniel Corder--Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland--regarded the senior Civil Servant standing before him with something like astonishment.
"Are you suggesting what I think you're suggesting?"
The Civil Servant, Lord Swallow, adjusted his tie as he formed his careful response. Swallow was old school. The sort who'd been quietly running the country for centuries. An appearance of refined gentility and a mind like a concealed man-trap.
"I believe I am, sir."
"But... the voters will never accept such a thing. The newspapers will have a field day. The idea is hideous."
"The media will certainly require careful handling," said Swallow. "But there are several significant advantages to the scheme. As you know we have urban overcrowding and a dire shortage of land for affordable housing. And, given the parlous state of the public finances, we were instructed to come up with creative solutions."
"Even so," said Corder. "I mean is it even possible?"