A big headline to emerge from the Conservative Party leadership race is Boris Johnson’s declaration that, in his opinion, there are “too many parts of our country” where English is not spoken as a first language.
As he unveiled his plans to introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system, the former Mayor of London announced that that he would require all immigrants to Britain to learn English.
He praised the capital’s diversity but suggested that some communities were not doing enough to integrate into society. “I want everybody who comes here to feel British and to learn English”, he said. “Too often there are parts of our country where English is not spoken by some people as their first language and that needs to be changed”.
Discussing Boris Johnson’s ambitions on Benji Hyer’s Sunday radio show, listener Josh agrees with the idea. But, Benji Hyer feels that the UK is in no position to complain about language skills given that the UK is actually the worst country in Europe when it comes to the percentage of people aged between 15-30 years old who say they can read and write in at least one foreign language.
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Listen to the full discussion from Benji Hyer's radio show on the 'Hyer's Highlights' podcast, here
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