LETTER: Hysteria from ‘fear brigade’

I cannot believe the ignorant and ill-informed comments made by the Chief Executive of Eastbourne School of English, Phil Hopkins, on the front page of the Eastbourne Herald [June 3].

Does he really think that students coming over to this country for two or three weeks to improve their English and learn more about the English culture, would need to apply for a points-based visa to do so?

Somebody should tell him that the suggestion for implementing a points system was for immigrants wanting to settle, live and work here permanently – not for students on an educational holiday.

He also mentions they might go to other countries to learn their English. Where? Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand? All a bit more expensive I fear than coming here – and needing a visa.

The Eastbourne School of English has been a language school since 1936, how does Mr Hopkins think students used to travel around? A passport springs to mind. In my youth and long before the EU ‘project’ was conceived, I travelled around Europe with only my passport in my hand – no problem.

A little less hysteria from the ‘project fear’ brigade is needed if they really want people to listen to them.

Barbara Langridge

Gilbert Road

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