A man in Britain is refusing to serve customers at his post office unless they speak English.
Deva Kumarasiri, 40, who moved to England from Sri Lanka 18 years ago, says he’s standing up for the English language because otherwise the social fabric of the country will unravel.
It fair to discriminate against people who don’t speak the local language?
This blogger says “If someone wishes to permanently live in the UK then they should indeed be forced to learn the local language, and the same goes for Brits settling down overseas. It’s not only a common courtesy, but also forms the basis for integration into society.”
Afzal Sadiq from the local Racial Equality Council says Mr Kumarasiri’s stand is unacceptable – “In an ideal world these people would speak English … but learning to speak English is going to take time.”
Its’s an issue wherever there’s immigration – Barack Obama has just said that for illegal immigrants to become citizens, they would have to learn English. This US blogger says “we need more people like this in the US.” Is language more important than ethnicity, religion, shared values or abiding by the law when binding communities together?
Language is an organic thing, isn’t it up to the host country to adapt to people who it has already decided to allow to live there? Shouldn’t locals be making more effort?