What a brave man, well done Deva, if only all Brits
would follow your example.
ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS FOR GOOD MEN
TO DO NOTHING
--- On Wed, 18/3/09, guy
Subject: A True
Date: Wednesday, 18
March, 2009, 7:25 PM
So proud, in fact, that he's insisting all his fellow
immigrants embrace our culture and pride with the same
enthusiasm as he does.
Could not have put it better myself!
Man! A True Englishman! Got any chums!? We'll take the lot
Asian postmaster takes immigration stand by banning
customers who can't speak English
By Daily Mail Reporter
and Paul Harris
updated at 7:02 PM on 18th March 2009
There's a huge
Union Flag flying proudly outside Deva Kumarasiri's house and
it's been there so long the edges are tattered and
Nearby, another one flutters from the back of his
favourite Land Rover as he drives to work as the local
In case it's not immediately clear,
the Sri Lankan born father of two - who fulfilled a dream to
come this country 17 years ago and took citizenship to make his
life here - is proud to be British.
Mind your language: Sri Lankan-born
postmaster Deva Kumarasiri has refused to serve customers who
can't speak English
Mr Kumarasiri, who taught his two
young daughters every word of the National Anthem and is
encouraging them to join the RAF when they grow up, introduced a
controversial new regime at his post office counter.
customers can't be bothered to learn English, he tells them,
they must go away and learn it before he serves them.
bold stand against non-integration has sent a shudder of
political correctness down whatever spine the post office has
these days, and infuriated some local do-gooders who accused him
of inciting division among the community.
But even a few
minutes spent with the 40-year-old Liberal Democrat councillor
is about all it takes to establish that his motives are pure -
and that he's driven only by a passion for the country he loves
'Nobody stands up for anything in Britain any more,'
'It's the best country in the world as far as I'm
concerned, but the great country I once called Great Britain has
changed a lot since I came here. All I'm doing is telling people
that if they want to live in Britain, be British.
boo our soldiers when they come home from Iraq. Don't live your
life without embracing our culture. Don't stay here without
making any effort to learn the language. And if you don't want
to be British, go home.'
Mr Kumarasiri runs the sub-post
office inside a corner shop in Sneinton, an inner city area of
Nottingham that boasts a diverse ethnic mix. He became so weary
at of customers expecting to be served without uttering a word
of English that he took to telling them to go away and learn the
It's not exactly a ban, he says, because they
keep coming back anyway. But he tells those who make no effort
to speak English they will need an interpreter if he is to give
them a proper standard of service.
'Our laws are written in
English; our culture is chronicled in English. How can anybody
understand that if they can't understand English?
tell them if they don't speak the language and they can't be
bothered to learn, then don't bother coming here. It's up to
them whether they take any notice - but if they want to live
here in Britain, they should take notice.'
whose wife is a nurse, likes to call his regular customers
'duck' and 'dear', following local tradition.
'The fabric of
the nation begins to unravel if we don't all speak the same
language. You can't be wholly part of British culture if you
don't speak the language.
'When I left Sri Lanka I left
behind that country's culture, customs and language. I have done
my utmost ever since to be part of this country's culture. There
are far too many people who come here and expect Britain to
change to suit them.
'An Asian woman came in here yesterday
and I insisted that she spoke to me in English.. She replied
that she preferred to speak in her mother tongue, but I told her
that Britain was now her motherland and therefore she should
'I believe 95 per cent of the immigrant
population actually want to be British. It's the five per cent
minority spoiling it for the majority. And if things don't
change then we'll start seeing second and third generations of
immigrants who can't speak English.
They wouldn't be
able to get jobs and we would see ghettos and all the problems
that come with them.'
As we talk in his shop, an Eastern
European woman silently presents a £299 benefit cheque at the
counter to be cashed. A Pakistani man - berated earlier by Mr
Kumarasiri for not speaking English, smiles as he struggles with
'please' and 'thank you'.
'White people can't say what I'm
saying because they'd end up in jail,' he explains.
decided to make this stand because I think too many British
people are afraid to talk out.
'If they insist on
everyone speaking English they are afraid of being branded a
racist or being accused of belonging to the BNP.
expect immigrants to be fluent in English overnight. Lots of
people struggle to master another language but they get much
more respect if they at least try. I'm not being a racist, just
Mr Kumarasiri grew up in a village outside the
Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and learned English at school.
He always dreamed of coming to England and worked in a
filling station, warehouse, shops and another post office before
taking over this one in Sneinton, home town of Salvation Army
founder William Booth.
He met his wife, Durga, here and both
his daughters, Shahani, ten, and Heshini, 8, were born here.
He took a 'pointless, stupid British citizenship test' at
which he was asked questions such as what age he needed to be to
buy cigarettes in Britain, and holds a British passport.
in his native Sri Lanka, he said, people were still proud to be
associated with their former colonial ruler.
have the pride that Britain left behind,' he said.
laws are still there, the schools are still there. The kids have
courtesy. They have discipline.. Here, all that is gone. Let's
bring it back.'
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