Casey: Government should set date for everyone to speak English

The government should set a date for everyone in the country to be able to speak English, according to the government’s former integration tsar.

Dame Louise Casey said: “I would be quite old school about this and I would set a target that says by ‘x’ date we want everybody in the country to be able to speak a common language.

“I don’t care how we’ve got here, I don’t care who can’t speak English (and) I don’t care what’s going on.

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“But what I do know is everybody of working age and of school age should be able to speak one language and I think the public in particular would feel some relief.”

It’s absolutely fair enough for a government to insist people coming to live and work in Britain actually speak English. How can society come together entirely without being able to communicate? Those who want to live here should speak English.