Brian Mooney links the cost of state-paid interpreters for court cases with the possible withdrawal of claiming back out-of-pocket expenses (Letters, January 9), and calls the latter "a pernicious tax on innocent people".
By failing to insist that English is the only official language - and that all British residents become fluent in English, preferably at their own expense - the government foists another tax on innocent people: the millions spent on interpreters in schools, hospitals, local government offices, anywhere where long-term residents should be speaking our national language and nothing but.
Instead, we have excuses about cultural differences and the like, for not insisting on the one thing that would include everyone.
Difference in language is more divisive than any other human factor, and to promote that division is not only costly in financial terms, but also in loss of what is grandly called "social cohesion".
Perhaps Mr Mooney's New Alliance would do better in pushing for reducing the need for interpreters rather than bemoaning what they cost.
E C HAYMAN
Beaumont Road Chiswick