Apparently it is French (and the French?) that is/are the problem. 'There is a sort of matter-of-factness and terseness about the two-syllable English words with the stress on the first vowel, which resists affected and precious pronunciation', Professor Richards explains, whereas, 'The French have a fatal attraction for self-indulgence'. About this latest outbreak of Gallic ghastliness, he says it is 'frightfully camp, not to say kitschy. And it explains why many Englishmen, not only Edward Heath and Elton John, speak French with such emphatically English intonations.' And here was me thinking it was just because the English are completely feeble about learning foreign languages.
At first I assumed the article was a joke, a kind of manufactured piece of Captain Mannering huffiness, to accompany the misguided remake of Dad's Army. I looked up Professor Richards though and he seems not to be invented. If you want to read his marvellous outburst of Little Englishness, here it is: