UK immigration test is now reciting Shakespeare and profaning Christianity
Theresa May, that bouncing ball of policy change, has announced changes to the "Life in the UK" immigrant test.
Instead of containing information on human rights, the nature of the political structure of the UK and the EU, and who has the legitimate right to access benefits, the test will focus on things that everyone in Britain should know and really care about: Shakespeare, Christianity, the Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Trafalgar.
As the British National Party has always advocated these are the staples of all that is British.
However, this is not a policy that will work.
For instance, if a school leaver obtains knowledge and grades in History and Religious studies but goes on to obtain work as an assistant in a Takeaway then it’s all been a waste of time and effort hasn’t it?
So, if a Pakistan or Afghan National with an axe to grind passes his or her “Life in the UK” tests but then goes on to plant a weapon of mass destruction at the Olympic site, then they really haven’t benefitted at all have they?
A large part of it is about UK culture: the history of women's suffrage, the law and norms around childrearing and work and tax, and more. The legendary difficulty of the test is largely down to the use of fine-grained multiple choice answers.
The Tories policy making, at present, is inconsistent to say the least. They change from one policy to the next then withdraw then on to something different altogether.
How is a Government ever going to cope when the real collapse of Europe occurs?
They’ll probably quote a line or two of Shakespeare:
"O, woe is me, to have seen what I have seen, see what I see!" - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 3. 1
And get down on their knees and have a good old Christian pray?