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Last Resort

Maurice Jones

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Arnold Ratledge is the elected Mayor of a financially troubled local authority, which he has over-exposed to failed Icelandic investments. He is desperate to grease his way back into public favour and to avoid bankruptcy.He steals an idea from hisMoreArnold Ratledge is the elected Mayor of a financially troubled local authority, which he has over-exposed to failed Icelandic investments. He is desperate to grease his way back into public favour and to avoid bankruptcy.He steals an idea from his former Press Officer, Ludo Scully, who thinks of converting hard-pressed Thai resorts into ultra-cheap care homes for Britain’s elderly. This pioneering idea is initially lauded as the answer to the ruinous financial and demographic problems the elderly are posing. Cheered on by bandwagon-climbing politicians and the media, optimism grows that the national debt itself could be shrunk.The first batch of male ‘pensioners’ are flown to Thailand in a converted Russian ‘banger’ with bottles and corn starch controlling their ablutions, so much so that by the time the plane lands, there is a serious problem for the passengers. The Thai carers – outsourced from a ‘questionable’ staff agency – work hard to relieve the problem, occasionally with fatal consequences. A misunderstood phone tap sparks fears that the whole Thai idea is a honeyed form of euthanasia, designed to see the elderly depart early – albeit with smiles on their faces.Ratledge sees his grand scheme begin to slip away as the whiff of euthanasia lingers. In the meantime, the residents settle down and romance and jealousy flourish between them and the carers. While Ratledge sweats as he sees yet another socio-economic upheaval being triggered by the Ratledge/Scully duo, Scully is having the time of his life with his ‘mistress’ and the proprietor’s daughter. How it will ultimately go, no-one can know.Last Resort is Maurice Jones’s highly topical and darkly humorous debut novel.