Two Civil Servants are waiting for the Hone Secretary, who enters.
CS One: Ah, Home Secretary, so glad you could join us.
Home Secretary: I was just watching daytime television.
Cs Two: Pointless?
Home Secretary: Not as much as dealing with you idiots. Now, what have you got?
Cs One: Right, Home Secretary, so we do have a few ideas based on your proposal.
Home Secretary: Use gigantic waves to push refugees back across the English Channel. Pretty cool, right?
Cs Two: Ye-e-e-s…. The thing is, ‘cool’ as the idea undoubtedly is –
Home Secretary: I saw them do it at Center Parcs. So much fun!
Cs One: But we would obviously be talking about a much-larger operation here.
Home Secretary: I like the word large!
Cs Two: It would cost 500 million, Home Secretary.
Cs One: We don’t have 500 million, Home Secretary.
Cs Two: We don’t have five million, Home Secretary.
Cs One: Also it’d be illegal under international law.
Home Secretary: But not illegal under British international law.
Cs One: Is that… a thing?
Home Secretary: Well what about a cheaper option, like sinking their stupid little boats?
Cs One: Sometimes the weather’s bad.
Home Secretary: Yes, I can imagine the headlines if we lose any of our sailors… Well, what about sending them to remote islands?
Cs Two: The issue there is the people who already live on the remote islands. A lot of them feel terribly British, you see, right down to not liking foreigners.
Cs One: There is one other possibility…
Cs Two: You sure?
Home Secretary: Come on, hurry up, I’m very hungry!
Cs Two: We let the refugees in, but… We’re really mean to them.
Cs One: You know, follow them around making intensely belittling comments all the time, like ‘You’ve got a big nose’ or ‘You’ll never get a job in those shoes’, and keep this up until they eventually leave of their own free will.
Home Secretary: But isn’t that just the current system anyway?
Aide Two: Here’s the twist –
Aide One: – in light of current unemployment figures –
Aide Two: We could make benefits claimants do it.
Aide One: Or community-spirited volunteers.
Aide Two: ‘Drive out to help out’, we thought.
Aide One: Basically: We get the public to get rid of the asylum seekers for us. And we don’t pay them.
Home Secretary: I absolutely… love it! It’s just the combination of cheap and cruel we’re looking for. Well done morons – treat yourself to a glass of water! It’s this kind of innovativeness which makes Britain such a great country. After all, why else do so many people keep wanting to come here!