Following on from the very successful pilot of dual language signs and paperwork in Wales, the government has agreed to extend the scheme to cover the whole of England as well.
'The main problem is to work out what the second language is to be,' said the senior civil servant putting the finishing touches to the white paper proposing the changes, 'obviously Polish is one of the languages, but we can't for the life of us think what the second one should be. Welsh would be silly, and would look like we were just copying slavishly,' he said, looking inspired. 'Slav is a language, isn't it?' he asked.