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Return of the Newsy Things. Sep. 16th, 2002 07:30 am
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2254666.stm
Don't you just wish Blunkett would STFU?

And more from the land of the free-for-all:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2260402.stm

US demands for exemption-to-everything continue:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2260203.stm

From: josh_the_cat
Date: September 16th, 2002 - 02:02 am (Link)
Well, they've ignored democracy, human rights and international law so far. so whats another one. What was the Reagon was saying about "outlaw and renagade" states?
From: feanelwa
Date: September 16th, 2002 - 02:29 am (Link)
I'm not sure about the speaking English thing...when i was doing the Census there were a few houses where the mother had to get her little son or daughter to translate for me, and she wasn't learning English so couldn't have explained things like "My husband pushed me down the stairs, please help" to a police officer if she'd needed to, or understood "Can you move your toes?" if she'd been in an RTA.
While people obviously shouldn't have to speak English all the time at home, it would be a good idea if they were learning it to sit down together every now & then and practice conversation skills, and swap vocabulary, just like if a group of English people living together in a foreign country would do to get an initial grasp of that country's language(s).

Maybe America could pay the traffic tax ~ahem~ charge for all the other countries' diplomats. It's not as if they can't afford it after all.

We could have the medical students over here! If they like their subject that much that they didn't notice they were driving through a military checkpoint while they were talking, then they'll probably make well-motivated doctors. And we certainly need more doctors.

Childish noticing things of the day:
  • I like the way the guy who's going to work on the citizenship test has red demon eyes in the photo! :) Selective journalism, sir? Here, sir, at the BBC? No...
  • The little caption for the picture at the top of the traffic article comes up "London traffic". Just in case we didn't guess...:)
From: ergotia
Date: September 16th, 2002 - 03:12 am (Link)
It is a requirement for naturalisation as a British citizen that the individual concerned has a working knowledge of English. That makes a certain amount of sense and is very different from Blunkett/the Government attempting to interfere concerning the language spoken by individuals *in their own homes*, which is an appalling infringement of civil liberties. Coming almost immediately after a finding by the High Court that the Home Office had outright *lied* about conditions awaiting a refugee family in Germany in order to deport them I despair.
From: feanelwa
Date: September 16th, 2002 - 06:51 am (Link)
See, that's what i meant. People should have to know enough to get by and should keep practising every now & again. But i guess if you have tv or radio you're always hearing English even if you don't go outside, so someone couldn't really forget chunks of vocabulary if they were ill for a while. So they don't *really* need to make it compulsory to speak English at home for any percentage of the time.

I may start speaking Quenya at home just to make the point. Although none of my housemates know it so i'd have to talk to the plants and next-door's cat instead. But it's the idea that counts.