July 07, 2019
On Friday, Boris Johnson suggested that people living in Britain should speak English as their first language, sparking fury from public.
“There are too often parts of our country… where English is not spoken by some people as their first language,” said Johnson. “And that needs to be changed.”
He said immigrants’ most important priority is “to be and to feel British and to learn English.”
Johnson’s comments drew anger from the lawmakers and the public, with Scottish lawmaker Angus MacNeil tweeting, “Boris is just moronic and clueless.”
Boris is just moronic & clueless
Same arrogance of centuries past that did down native Celtic languages for the Germanic import.
Multilingualism please Boris and drop the cultural imperialism. https://t.co/zE8TtlLfUa
— Angus B MacNeil MP (@AngusMacNeilSNP) July 5, 2019
Even Boris Johnson’s sister, Rachel Johnson, criticized his statement, tweeting, “I genuinely don’t know what he’s on about” and that their family “spoke Ancient Greek at home.”
Other politicians have made similar comments to Johnson’s. In 2014, Nigel Farage said some parts of Britain felt to him like a “foreign land.”
“… in many parts of England, you don’t hear English spoken anymore,” said Farage. “This is not the kind of community we want to leave to our children and grandchildren.”
In the United States, President Donald Trump made similar statements.
“We have a country where to assimilate, you have to speak English,” said Trump. “We have to have assimilation to have a country. We have to have assimilation.”
Boris Johnson is currently favored to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister of the U.K. to succeed Theresa May.
– MK. II