The Hangman’s Party-Pt.1

A two-part short story

Arpad Nagy
Pure Fiction

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“You said, ‘they are championing hate, abuse, and racism’, and called them ‘a small fringe minority that hold unacceptable views’, I guess my question is, ‘unacceptable’ to whom? Because the Commissioner of inquiry stated, ‘More of an effort should have been made to acknowledge that the protestors were exercising their fundamental democratic rights.”

“I’m, ah, sure I, ah, never used those words — ,”

“ — Mr. Prime Minister, those were your words, broadcast by all major news networks nationwide. It’s public record.”

Senior correspondent for the National News Network, Rateef Patal, looked at his guest with placid eyes, waiting for an answer.

Prime Minister Pierre James met Patal’s docile gaze but did not respond.

Patal moved on to his next question.

“How do you respond to the fact that senior, expert legal counsels across the country stated that your invoking of the Emergency Measures Act was an ‘unconstitutional abuse of power as none of the criteria justifying such an action were met’ and yet you did it regardless of that fact then removed yourself entirely from the situation — virtually going underground?”

PM James gave Patal a brief but cold, hard stare before returning to his affable…

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Arpad Nagy
Pure Fiction

A Proud Hungarian-Canadian, throwback romantic who loves to write. Editor @ Kitchen Tales,The Short Place (Fiction) The Memoirist, Age of Empathy, The Book Cafe