Vince Cable announced that "the richness of the English language is currently unaffordable and the previous government over-promised on key contracts in “G” and “L” which are now coming back to bite the alphabet as a whole. Their spending programme had been poorly thought through and the introduction of the planned 27th letter of the alphabet has been scrapped before any contracts could be signed”
“The OED should expect to be part of the further nationwide cuts to be announced later today. The third edition has recently completed “M” and is expected to carry on with current plans to get to the end of “U” as it is cheaper to complete than cancel"
Socio-wordsmiths and the Verbiage Union have struck out at the “reckless targeting of minority letters” and predict the less frequently used words in V-Z will be hardest hit and some may disappear from the English language completely
“You can clearly see the M-Divide here, where words from A-L are unaffected and those from M-Z, the poorest of the 26, are hit hardest. We implore this government to release funds allocated to the NHS and other less important areas such as Defence, to bring the remaining letters up to the standard required for a civilised country in the 21st Century. Promises to uphold the current National Minimum Word will not sustain many letters through the coming years as this will be counteracted by the new Capital Letter Tax due to be implemented in 2011”