Listening to some Brits (though by no means all) during debates in Brussels is rather like witnessing a bunch of party-poopers crashing the party. Whilst everyone else is having a great time, getting full-throttle into the swing of things, ready to pump up the volume, along come these Brits with sombre expressions, long faces and an air of patronising contempt on their faces.
The killjoys question the wisdom of holding a party, give a sermon on the dangers of the excess and admonish the organisers for spending on frivolous pleasures. Party-poopers are usually vilified for being tedious, unimaginative and dull individuals.
For all of those who value, appreciate and use the English language as native speakers, therefore, one can only hope that these party-poopers are not giving the English language a bad name – particularly since many non-native English speakers in Brussels are opting to speak in English during official…
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