Paradise Induction Chapter 6 – Extract 2
Jacob leaned back in his chair, the foot of one leg balancing on the knee of his other leg reminding me of depictions of conquering emperors. His finger was poised against his temple and his thumb balanced his chin, leaning his head into his hand as if interested yet hatching an intricate scheme of his own. Dressed in a white shirt, gold tie, and black trousers, he had a round, shiny bald head, a bulging stomach, and very dark skin. Behind his round glasses, his beady, grey-looking eyes did not leave the main speaker.
“We got nothing now and why?” continued the loud, old man. “Because we keep giving jobs to fools who can’t do it! We need ‘dem’ people meh-son.”
“Gentlemen,” said Jacob, raising his hands as if expecting everyone to stop speaking. They did. “We will take back the Pharisee Islands, but we need firm leadership that only the PIP can provide.” His voice had a slight American accent mixed in with Caribbean and a higher pitched tone. “We need a leader who’s willing to limit the intake of these outsiders, and give more back to the people born here. More jobs, more money, more opportunity. We need to be PI all the way. No more mister ex-pat white-man for our lawyers and CEOs of PI law firm and fiduciaries. Enough said. Now, what’s the challenge with that?”