Asian postmaster takes immigration stand by banning customers who can't speak English
An Asian postmaster has provoked the ire of race equality campaigners by banning customers from his branch who cannot speak English.
Deva Kumarasiri claims all immigrants in Britain should learn the language so they can communicate properly with others here and embrace British culture.
'If you come to Britain you have got to speak English,' said the father-of-two, who moved here himself 18 years ago.
'I am from a different country but when I came here I became British. My job is to give a service. I cannot give a service if they cannot tell me what they want.'
Mr Kumarasiri, 40, said he had banned about half a dozen customers from Sneinton Boulevard Post Office in Nottingham.
'Some of them say, "You are not British,"' he said. 'I keep telling them, "Don't come here or I am not going to help you."
Mr Kumarasiri, of Carlton, Nottingham is campaigning for people of all races to feel proud about being British and has started a website, www.britishnessforever.co.uk.
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Mr Kumarasiri, who is also a Liberal Democrat councillor on Gedling Borough Council, said adjusting to a new country meant adjusting your language too.
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Mr Kumarasiri, who helped raise thousands of pounds after the tsunami hit his native Sri Lanka, said people there were proud to be associated with Britain because of the country's former days as part of the British Empire.
'Still we have the pride that Britain left behind,' he said. 'The laws are still there, the schools are still there. The kids have courtesy. They have discipline.
'Here all that is gone. Let's bring back all this.'