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Asylum seekers get “luxury upgrade” after Legionella threat forces evacuation at Bibby Stockholm

Asylum seekers on the Bibby Stockholm got an unexpected upgrade recently when an elite squad of health inspectors found Legionella bacteria throwing a rave party in its water supply.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, known more for his penchant for diamond cufflinks than for sound policy decisions, has unveiled his latest brainwave on how to fix the issue. Instead of keeping refugees on those gloomy barges they’re detained on, why not upgrade them to glitzy cruise ships?

Enter the “Rishi Sunak Ship Shuffle,” where the grand plan isn’t just to shuffle decks but perceptions. Forget about homelessness and Legionella threats; the real drama is in the billionaire’s dilemma: like the epic quest to find the perfect jacuzzi for sunset selfies or the life-altering decision between caviar or diamond-crusted oysters for brunch. The grand plan involves temporarily transitioning refugees from barges, like the Bibby Stockholm, to cruise ships, a move that will no doubt deflect from the latest scandal and instead “raise awareness about the struggles of upper-class life by spotlighting billionaire dilemmas through a lived experience.”

“I left my country for safety and now I’m facing the existential crisis of choosing between fifteen types of pillow fluffiness,” commented a bemused refugee.

“Empathizing with the middle class and those scraping the bottom of the financial barrel is of paramount importance,” explained Sunak as he meticulously adjusted his diamond-encrusted tie. “Hence, I’ve taken the bold step to introduce a comprehensive 2-step plan that will enlighten the peasants on the intricacies of billionaire life. The world needs to grasp the heart-wrenching dilemmas we face. Like, do I buy another island or just another city?”

This ship shuffle follows hot on the heels of Sunak’s latest controversial proposal, where he suggested an initiative to increase the average British citizen’s overall awareness about the struggles of being a billionaire. Titled “Billionaire Basics 101,” this audacious proposal, designed to bridge the gap between the ultra-wealthy and, well, everyone else, has been met with reactions ranging from belly laughs to calls for a British revolution — where instead of guillotines, there would be queues, polite complaints, and perhaps a very sternly worded letter to the King.

The mandatory course, tailored for those earning below £50,000 annually, promises to cover life-altering topics such as:

Yacht Upkeep: The sheer trauma of spotting a smudged gold banister.

Tax Evasion or Avoidance?: A heart-pounding game of hide and seek with the government.

Selecting the Right Butler: The moustache is everything.

Private Island Feng Shui: Ensuring harmonious energy flow from your sprawling villa to your helicopter pad.

Interior Decoration: How to ensure your gold statues don’t clash with your platinum ones.

Oblivious to the irony and the economic hardships of the pandemic, Sunak is confident that his twin initiatives will “elevate” the nation. “By immersing everyone in the tribulations of billionaires, I’m optimistic we’ll overcome this recent debacle around the failed Bibby Stockholm project and cultivate a more empathetic, insightful society,” he opined, while nonchalantly sipping from a chalice seemingly filled with shimmering liquid gold.

A native Londoner, currently downsizing from a one-bedroom to a closet, shared his thoughts: “Last week, I was fretting about buying name-brand tea. Now, thanks to Sunak, I’m kept awake wondering if my fictitious yacht should have two or three helicopter pads.”

Another added, “I was hoping for policies to ensure such a disaster wouldn’t happen to asylum seekers again, but I suppose a tutorial on private jet decorum will suffice.”

In related news, sales of pitchforks and torches have seen a sudden spike, while local bookstores report a surge in demand for books on revolution and uprising.

As the nation waits to see if Sunak’s latest plans will be approved, one thing is clear: Sunak’s touch with the average Briton remains as elusive as a unicorn riding a rainbow.