...... provision for government business was defeated here a couple of months ago.
"She replied she preferred to speak in her mother tongue ...... " so apparently she could speak English.
..... one in seven children at state-run primary schools did not speak English as their first language. I think kids speak the tongue of their parents in the home. But they pick up English very easily to use away from home in short order.
I did not see what resources the postmaster had for when interpreters were needed. I'm not sure of this employment status there, but I suspect he is a civil servant so must answer to higher ups.
"...... a bill through parliament which would require people to speak English if they want to earn British citizenship. That seems to be a reasonable approach.
(Am I mistaken in that those who enter from countries once under Colonial rule are already citizens?)
LONDON (AFP) ? A Sri Lankan-born man who came to Britain 17 years ago is refusing to serve customers in his post office unless they speak English, media reported Thursday.
Wonder what would happen if that happened in the US?