Cameron woos Tory Right with call to curb ethnic language
Anthea Fraser Gupta
A.F.Gupta at leeds.ac.uk
Fri Aug 26 09:07:15 UTC 2005
Here is a crucial quote from Cameron's speech.
English is becoming the world’s language of choice. Millions of people in India
and Pakistan are eager to learn English. Yet in the UK in 2005 a significant
number of our own citizens cannot speak it.
A Home Office study found that while 26 per cent of Pakistanis and
Bangladeshis in the UK are fluent in English, the equivalent figure for the US is
68 per cent.
We need to ask whether Government and other bodies, by allowing other
languages to be used in official settings, can almost encourage the belief that
learning English is not necessary."
Full speech at
My highly inventive googling has failed to find the source for these figures. Does anyone happen to know it?
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