“Well, unless there’s not many of them. There can’t be otherwise our own ranks would have been depleted.”

        “I suppose,” said Ralphie, “but what’s their purpose, Tomcat?”

        “Foment trouble, cause us to attack East Europeans, who retaliate and then get thrown out of the country, causing resentment to rise, while our opponents watch and rub their hands with glee.”

        “Yes, I bet they would, having their ends achieved without lifting a finger to help. But isn’t that what we want too? We don’t want East Europeans here either.”

        “Yes, but we’ll have blotted our copybook won’t we, by attacking them and we won’t get any of the credit, other people will. Besides, I have met people who have persuaded me, through their actions, that perhaps we are wrong to be doing what we are.”

        “How do you mean, Tomcat?” asked Ralphie his eyes wide with surprise.

        “Well, it has made me realise that the people causing the problems are not the ones who have just come here, because they’re just pleased to be here and don’t want to cause offence. No, it’s the people who feel threatened by the new people who are the problem and they’re the ones we’ve got to be wary of, because they’ve hijacked our cause and turned it into a matter of life and death now and are turning the situation against us because they feel we’re not being effective enough. They’re trying to incite us to attack East Europeans and are hoping those people will respond in a way which will turn the general population against them and make our opponents’ lives easier. The fact that are our opponents started this trouble won’t be reported widely.”

        “I see, well I hadn’t thought of it like that. I suppose now you’ve identified who the opponents are that makes life easier for us.”