Sunday, 14 August 2011

Oh no, Starkey, not again

David Starkey, the historian and broadcaster seems to have put his foot in it yet again. After he got into a spot of bother at Jamie's Dream School by insulting one of his teenage pupils in what seemed a largely unprovoked attack, he's done it again, and worse this time.

He was on BBC2's Newsnight, and gave an odd speech saying that he thought the problem was that "the whites have become black", and that the fact that young people are using "this wholly false language" of Jamaican patois means that this is "a foreign country". Here's Geoff Pullum at Language Log to deal with this properly.

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