If you’re a speaker of English from anywhere really (except the UK where accents and class appear to be irretrievably intertwined and now hugely political) pronouncing English properly and with a decent accent is a matter of pride and a mark of education. Ask any of the ruling class in India for example.
The French after all take enormous care with the way words are pronounced and sentences are constructed, as residents who are readers of this blog, will well know!
As the exasperated Henry Higgins asks (the play Pygmalion is currently in London’s West End Garrick theatre): ”Why can’t the English learn to speak?”
So how do you the reader of this blog feel? Does anyone care anymore how English is spoke (sic)? Let us know in the comments below.
Declaration of interest: The writer was born in South Africa where some of us really did make an effort to use received pronunciation.