I rarely find myself disagreeing with Louise Casey. She is one of few in the government who consistently and bravely speaks out about social and cultural issues in an honest and straightforward manner. Many of her recommendations on integration and cohesion, especially on supporting women and the often forgotten white working-class communities, not only need to be made but should be acted upon.
Well, that makes a change, mostly, the CiF contingent are whining about how her policies are ‘stigmatising the scum’…
But while I understand the need to push the government to be take action (sic) and be bold, I disagree with the call for a “Speak English” cut-off date without explicit parallel investment for free English classes. Unless the government funds English classes for those who don’t speak English, any deadline becomes a crude white elephant. One simply cannot exist without the other.
Well, that’s clearly a load of….wait, what’s the English word?
It’s not for the government (i.e. the poor long-suffering taxpayer) to stump up for this yet again. If immigrants are required to speak English, then they can damned well fund it themselves!
Or take advantage of the many free resources out there.
Sandhya Sharma, a project worker from Safety4Sisters, said: “Esol helps refugees rebuild their lives and reduces isolation for vulnerable members of our society. Learning English is the key to BME migrant women’s ability to access, integrate, gain freedom, independence and literally communicate in the UK. Women need Esol classes so desperately, they have less ability then men to publicly interact, have less outward facing chances and opportunities. This is a fundamental right for women seeking to live in the UK and it’s to the benefit of us all. We all gain as a society from women’s access to Esol.”
If a culture’s women aren’t allowed to interact, they have far more problems than not being able to rinse the taxpayer for free English lessons.
This policy will at least help to smoke out the worst examples.