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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Citizen X

Today's Guardian reports that a new 146 government guide for immigrants containing a breakdown of all matters of British culture, history and tradition is in fact leading would-be citizens astray with a confusing array of historical errors, questionable suppositions and glaring misquotes.

Amongst the errors it quotes are these:

Describing the fighter pilots in the second world war, Winston Churchill said: "Never in the course of human conflict have so many owed so much to so few."

Fact: He actually said: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

Claim: Queen Mary "came to the throne with Spanish support".

Fact: Mary defeated Lady Jane Grey's bid to usurp the throne with a huge wave of English support

Claim: Great Britain includes Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Fact: The United Kingdom includes Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. Great Britain is made up of England, Wales and Scotland.

Claim: Charles II was recalled from exile in France

Fact: He was recalled from Holland

If this is the level and depth of knowledge that is required to be a British citizen then I can see a lot of people born, bred and educated here failing the test.

that's appauling, they should have some one's head for those mistakes.

labour are really starting to lose the plot, the beeb have just reported that drugs have been found in john reid's house
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