Letters: growing up learning another language helps free the mind | Languages

Kenneth Palmer

I located your article “Everybody’s talking” most attention-grabbing and inspiring (Magazine). Despite the fact that the circumstances outlined vary from mine (growing up in rural Wales in the 1950s), I see lots of parallels with challenges and concerns lifted by mothers and fathers whose initially language was not English.

I try to remember the discussion between adults as to whether they really should discuss English or Welsh to their youngsters. The arguments centred on regardless of whether it would confuse the youngster and avert productive language enhancement and, anyway, you “needed English to get on” in existence. Welsh was greatly found as a dying language. Fortunately, that has been assuredly disproved.

Wanting back at how a operating awareness of both languages aided me, it provided me with an unconscious useful resource. When finding out French, I identified it no trouble to realize that tenses could be expressed in distinctive methods nor did we want an explanation of tu and vous (Welsh ti and chwi). There was an elasticity of the intellect. Added to that is the richness of the society – stories, music, background, poetry – most of it easily listened to and embraced. This has under no circumstances left me even even though I have used most of my adult life in England. I have been extremely fortunate and benefited greatly from the richness of both of those languages.
Susan Hook
Westbury on Trym, Bristol

Muddled thinking on faculties

Kenan Malik suggests that what he calls the regulatory condition has “created organisational incoherence and fragmentation” and offers as examples railways, water, vitality and the NHS (“It’s no speculate I couldn’t see a GP: limiting accessibility to expert services is the point”, Comment).

School schooling in England is an similarly placing example. Turning in excess of as a lot of condition faculties as possible to a disparate array of private homeowners has brought muddle and lack of area accountability. At the very last rely there have been more than 2,500 trusts responsible for practically 10,000 schools and the federal government needs to include the total method. The sizing of trusts may differ from one faculty to 75, there are big regional differences and major problems of oversight. No other comparable place has absent down these types of a radical highway, for very good purpose. This type of shift has the advantage of shielding the point out from democratic pressures since the buildings are so bemusing and impenetrable.
Emeritus Professor Ron Glatter
Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire

Objective truth? Hmmm

Clive Myrie rightly champions “objective truth” as element of the BBC’s mission (“Opinion is low-priced and uncomplicated. The BBC’s mission is to deliver facts and evidence”, Comment). On the other hand, the significantly trumpeted expression “impartiality” entered the lexicon of “Newspeak” when David Jordan, the BBC’s director of editorial policy, told a Property of Lords committee that “if a ton of men and women thought in a flat Earth we’d have to have to handle it more”. Bogus equivalence is not a bulwark versus bias: it is ethical relativism.
Tom Hardy
London N5

Austerity doesn’t get the job done

Phillip Inman promises that in his 1st budgets George Osborne worked every trick to avoid the national financial debt ratio from achieving 100% (“Now we’re in the 100% personal debt club, where’s the program to commit our borrowings correctly?”, Organization).

Of course, but sad to say they had been the incorrect methods. Through his shock doctrine austerity, he sucked self confidence and demand out of the economic system and the credit card debt-to-GDP ratio grew massively as an alternative of shrinking. Alistair Darling experienced acquired the overall economy going once again with his extra balanced stewardship and all David Cameron and Osborne had to do was keep on on his route, but harmony and moderation are not in the Thatcherite textbook.

Why is there all this fuss about 100%? After the 2nd Globe War, the personal debt was about 250%. Properly, this is a wartime condition in peacetime. History is basic: Eric Geddes in the 1920s, Thatcher and Geoffrey Howe in 1980 and Cameron and Osborne in 2010. Friedmanite shock treatment just can make factors worse.
David Redshaw
Saltdean, East Sussex

Johnson’s unjust deserts

I was incredulous to study in Andrew Rawnsley’s post that ex-premiers could declare £115,000 a year from the taxpayer (“Boris Johnson’s goals of a comeback will be a nightmare for Liz Truss”, Remark). What can maybe be the justification for this, when we know of the prospective for extreme substantial earnings that these persons enjoy and so several in our society are at this time struggling financially?
Hilary Callaway
London SW15

Dredging up the dirt

Shanti Das properly highlights the denial of the authorities more than dredging and the poisoning of sea creatures at, and south of, the Tees estuary (“What is killing all the crabs on these beaches? Is it nature… or dredging?”, Information). Longshore drift is the phenomenon whereby sediment and pebbles are moved parallel to the coastline by tides and currents. On this little bit of coast, the predominant way of this drift is north-south, so pollutants in the river or sent at its mouth would be driven south to Redcar and Saltburn, as Das factors out (Seaton Carew, even though north of Teesmouth, would get pollutants by tidal backwash exceptionally taking them north).

Except a land-dependent polluter can be isolated, dredging has to be the source of the chemical pyridine and longshore drift is taking it to the aquatic organisms and the seashores.
Jonathan Hauxwell
Crosshills, North Yorkshire

I’m rich… get me out of below!

There is nothing new in the idea of the wealthy applying income to length on their own from the hardships of poverty (“Step this way and prevent the apocalypse”, the New Review). The strategy was described in Ben Elton’s 1989 masterpiece Stark, a fictional tale of a mystery consortium of the tremendous-rich organizing to go away the Earth they have condemned to demise and dwell in self-supporting place stations.

More than the centuries, wealthy individuals have elected to seek escape from hardship. The individuals of the coastal regions of the Arabian peninsula would transfer to oases when the summer time warmth by the sea was unbearable. Wealthy families in India would go up into the hills in which it was cooler. Industrialists in Europe have seaside households to escape from the oppression of the summers and the pollution they have assisted to result in. The finest aggravation of the tremendous-rich is that, despite the fact that funds can get immunity, it can not acquire immortality.
Matt Minshall
Batz-sur-Mer, Brittany, France

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