I have long been worried about the decline in BBC English, and this example from a news story today exemplifies the problem:
The home secretary must update the House of Commons on the hunt for 1,023 foreign criminals released without being deported, the Conservatives say.
Was the Home Secretary really at risk of deportation? I know he’s not Tony’s preferred toilet-seat-warmer at the moment, but come on!
The politically-important issue with this story is not that non-UK residents have been re-offending after release; after all, this tends to be a risk with any released prisoner, but that this story has become a handy vehicle for all the pent-up xenophobia of the UK press. It would be very instructive to see comparative figures for re-offending rates between guests in this country and our own, home-grown, British-and-proud-of-them criminal classes.
That said, offend the rules of your host and you should reasonably expect to lose your welcome.