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Behind the Words

The FCO, Hegemonolingualism and the End of Britain's Freedom

Author(s): William Mallinson

Book Description

Politically correct pundits have been attempting to relegate Standard English to the status of a dialect, since they have succumbed to the idea that it is connected to ‘class’. This book tears up this falsehood, pointing out that it is a question of education far more than of class. And, even then, why attack class?

This linguistic disease has now infected the British Civil Service, and, in turn, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, once regarded as the bastion of good, clear English. The book demonstrates, through original texts, how FCO English has deteriorated in the last thirty years, owing to a combination of the attack on Standard English, (American) globalisation, the unfettered electronification of communications, Twitter, Blairism, and even attitudes towards sex. The upshot is that, in tandem with the US-influenced invasion of clear, traditional English, has come a serious loss in Britain’s independence.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-6530-2
ISBN-10: 1-4438-6530-3
Date of Publication: 01/11/2014
Pages / Size: 150 / A5
Price: £41.99


William Mallinson, Professor of Political Ideas and Institutions at Università Guglielmo Marconi, is a former Member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service who left to study for, and was awarded, his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Department of International History. Following a period in business as European Public Affairs Manager at ITT’s European Headquarters in Brussels, he turned his attention to the academic world, playing a pivotal role in introducing Britain’s first Honours degree in Public Relations. Since 1994, when he was awarded a Greek Government scholarship, he has been perusing British Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence, Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet archives, under the general rubric of Anglo-Greek relations during the Cold War. He has also published several articles in the press, and spoken at numerous conferences. He is an occasional lecturer at the Greek National Defence School, particularly on Britain and Russia/ USSR. He speaks, reads and writes French, German, Italian, Dutch, and Greek. His publications include Public Lies and Private Truths (1996; 2000); Portrait of an Ambassador (1998); Cyprus: A Modern History (2005); From Neutrality to Commitment: Dutch Foreign Policy, NATO and European Integration (2010); Britain and Cyprus: Key Themes and Documents since World War Two (2011); and The FCO, Hegemonolingualism, and the End of Britain’s Freedom (2014).


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8808-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8808-7
Date of Publication: 01/02/2016
Pages / Size: 148 / A5
Price: £29.99