Because by the same virtue I might be suspicious that Network Rail employ old people to carry out manual labour, I might also be suspicious that they employ people from certain countries.How does seeing a granny on the line equate to seeing a few blokes of working age who happen to be speaking in a foreign language?
Why would you be suspicious as to whether NR employ people from "certain countries". As long a they do their job properly what's to be suspicious of?Because by the same virtue I might be suspicious that Network Rail employ old people to carry out manual labour, I might also be suspicious that they employ people from certain countries.
I agree :/The level of political correctness in this thread is just going off the scale! I can't tell who's being sarcastic, who's being genuine or who's just lost the plot...
Shame really - as it started out as quite a good thread. :roll:
No, they'd say:So... someone phones up BTP/Network Rail/whatever and says
"I saw some people on the railway, they sounded like they were speaking a foreign language, I think it could have been Polish or Russian"
Very true Hydro - there seems to have been a lot of wibble on here over what seems to have been a genuine request for information which was then hijacked by the liberal/right wing debate!NR employs people from all weird and wonderful places, I work with a Pole (and I couldn't place his accent as Polish if I took Polish lessons. His sounds like a comedy 1970's sitcom generic accent) and have worked with a fellow who moved from Zimbabwe. My mates in London have loads of foreign accented workmates, Poles, South Africans, in fact Africans from all over that continent, West Indians, you name it. Contractors will probably have a higher proportion! If a location has any kind of sizeable migrant population then penny to a pound, shock horror, some will likely find work on the railway.
It's not even confirmed these people were indeed NR. You also cannot determine someones nationality from their accent. 1) Could be a migrant, 2) I couldn't tell you Latvian accented English from Polish from Lithuanian from whatever.