From today’s Guardian:
The co-author of the Oakervee review into HS2 has demanded his name is removed from the report which calls for the high-speed line to be built in full.
He has demanded that his name is removed? Is it removed? Surely the writer means, “insisted that his name had been removed”?
No, no, Dear Reader, I’m just having fun with you. This is what happens when a centralized school system and national press decide to mutilate their language. What the writer means is, “The co-author of the Oakervee review into HS2 has demanded that his name be removed from the report . . . .” Fortunately for us, American English still preserves some uses of the subjunctive.