I just saw on the TheyWorkForYou.com website that Ealing Southall’s rather low output MP, Virendra Sharma, has raised himself to ask a question in Parliament. See here.
He was interested in the number of people receiving English for speakers of other languages classes in the 2005-2010 period. No doubt he will want to complain about reduced availability of these classes in future.
There is a golden rule with asking political questions. Make sure you know the answer in advance!
I don’t know if it is fair to simply add these numbers over the five years but if you do so you get to 8,660 people learning English for speakers of other languages. The 2001 census population for the constituency was 89,175. You could argue that 10% of the population was learning English.
On the one hand it is great that so many people are taking the opportunity to improve themselves but on the other the answer underlines the huge change to our society implemented by New Labour. I don’t remember their asking for our permission first.