Mr. Brumley looked out of the window and to the crowd gathered outside the gates. He squinted as he tried to make out the words on the placards being waved enthusiastically at passing cars. He saw the words ‘SCHOOLS’ and ‘FACTORIES’ repeated a dozen times, as well as various iterations urging people to ‘SAY NO!’
He turned to the group gathered around the table in the meeting room.
“What do we do about this?” Mr. Brumley urged. “The staff have all walked out in support of this protest. How can we get them back into work? How can we get this place going again.” He looked around at the nervous faces looking back at him. “Anyone?”
Silence. A few furtive glances were exchanged between those sat at the table. Then, an anxious voice spoke.
“They’ve, er… they’ve kind of got a point, though, haven’t they, sir?”
“What? Who said that?…
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