You are teasing us, Mr Mitchinson.
You print a headline guaranteed to have the mouth-frothing foreigner-baiters out in force, then follow it with a clear and admirable statement of your pride in the city’s diversity.
As you pointed out, English as a second language implies nothing about ability in English, only that there is another language in which the person is more fluent.
To succeed in the world, an individual, city or country has to be able to speak the world’s languages.
Our future prosperity will depend on people with two or more languages.
J Robin Hughes
Towngate Road, Worrall, Sheffield, S35