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Michael Gove is my friend—but I’m appalled by his views on immigrants’ language skills

Recent comments from senior "Leavers" reveal "the xenophobia that is common in Ukip"

By Oliver Kamm  

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson (right) on the Vote Leave campaign bus in Lancashire, as part of the Vote Leave EU referendum campaign ©Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

There are roughly five or six thousand natural languages spoken in the world today. The estimate is imprecise because it depends whether you count some tongues as languages or dialects. Of all those thousands, the language least threatened by extinction is the one…

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