Death of RP not a cause for celebration | Brief letters
Received pronunciation | Tories | Great women interviewees | Bus etiquette | Politeness
I would like to challenge Laura Barton’s assertion that the death of RP is a good thing (G2, 23 May). Not for the partially deaf it isn’t. My relief when listening to someone like Joan Bakewell or Jon Snow is enormous. The stress of trying, and largely failing, to understand someone with a pronounced foreign or regional accent is overwhelming. Surely the purpose of RP is clarity for as many listeners as possible?
• So the government finally comes up with £400m to replace combustible cladding and it comes from the affordable housing budget (Report, 16 May), pitting tenants in death traps against people who are homeless or impoverished through lack of affordable housing. What a caring government we have.
Source: Guardian Transport
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