What is the English Language Tax?

On the 1st April, a new tax was announced…Okay, it wasn’t. A couple of weeks ago, Trevor Hughes (Frame on Frame) approached me, about being a part of a project that he was planning for April Fools Day. The idea came from the popularity of the short clip, starring Bill Nighy, for the Robin Hood Tax and in addition, Trevor had been thinking a bit about a tax on language misuse. You can read a little more about the general idea here: http://www.frameonframe.co.uk

So having written his take, Trevor sent his script across and I made a few tweaks, additions and changes and we were set. As support for the clip, Trevor spoke to presswire about having a press release sent out and they decided to come on board. The press release is below and is also online here: http://www.presswire.com/releases/Tax_to_be_placed_on_misuse_of_English_language/501 and is sitting nicely at the top of the business and finance section.

Press Release:

The United Kingdom Home Office has proposed a new ‘English Language Tax’ aimed at tourists and foreign workers, with the intention of raising £4.5 billion during the scheme’s first 12 months.

A Home Office spokesman explained: ”An electronic chip will be issued at passport control and fitted to all incoming non-UK visitors. The chip will monitor any misuse of the English Language and a small tax will be levied on each mispronounced word.”

An exclusive interview about the new scheme with Jennifer Selhurst, Home Office Minister for Social Cohesion, can be viewed here:


Having put his contact details at the end of the press release, Trevor had a fair bit of contact from other countries. One Korean reader, was pretty upset about this new tax and phoned Trevor to complain! Aside from that, Trevor’s had some good feedback on the clip and all-in-all, it was a quite successful little joke.

Stay tuned for more about further collaborations with Trevor.


About Eamon Wyse - Award Winning Screenwriter/Producer and Production Director @writefilmdesign

Award Winning Screenwriter/Producer and Production Director @writefilmdesign

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