Ed Miliband today called for immigrants lacking proficiency in English to be barred from certain public sector jobs. The Labour leader said, “if we are going to build One Nation, our goal should be that everyone in Britain should know how to speak English.”
My first reaction to his speech wasn’t to question Labour’s record on immigration or analyse any key policy changes but rather to recall former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott’s sustained assault on the English language:
“We are now taking proper, putting the amount of resources and investment to move what we call extreme conditions which must now regard as normal.”
“I undressed 450 students yesterday with Ed Miliband and Eddie Izzard and I did 300 last night.”
“The green belt is a Labour achievement, and we mean to build on it.”
Luckily for the people of Humberside during the PCC elections, they managed to stop the indigenous Lord Prescott attaining a “publicly- funded, public-facing job” via the ballot box.