We should not assume that everyone would like to speak English in an emergency. London W11 is where all parts of the globe meet to form a very unique and special part of the capital.
Is Lily Allen concerning herself with tourists? Well, no. Of course not. This is bloody Grenfell Tower again…
….he told residents where they could collect financial assistance, how much they were entitled to, where to go for questions regarding housing and who was offering legal advice.
But many people seemed not to be paying attention; then it became apparent that they didn’t speak fluent English and couldn’t understand this important information.
Really? They seem to have understood it well enough up to now. I bet most of them know their way around a benefit form better than I can navigate around Kalimdor….
…we had to fight for even the most basic communication. After eight days, there was a physical sign for the first time. Eight days, no signage, no information. This is for those who are fluent in English; it took 22 days for something in Arabic, Kensington’s second language.
This is regarded as a fault of council sloth, but why is no-one wondering why these people haven’t learnt English?
If I lived abroad, would Arabic signage be translated for me?
As has often been the case in the aftermath, the community and volunteers have had to plug the gaps left by an absent council and preoccupied parliament.
What do you think we all did in the Blitz, Lily? Rallied round. It’s what people do, it’s not something to be regarded as an imposition because ‘gubmint isn’t working’!
It’s a shame you can’t appreciate how bad it became, as it would make you understand how well this community holds itself together. Folk round here are smart as well as tough.
But not smart enough to have learned the (relatively simple) language of the country they are living in?
If they were resourced, they would rebuild stronger and better than the council could manage. Maybe that’s part of the problem.
Yes. Clearly the council fears the competition from people unable to support themselves. *rolls eyes*