Wednesday, January 30th 2013 - 06:28 UTC

UK gets tough on culture and heritage for those seeking British citizenship

What does it mean to be British? Monarchs, Margaret Thatcher and Monty Python are all important parts of the nation’s heritage, according to a new guide for immigrants introduced yesterday.

The government is revising the Life in the UK handbook and test taken by those seeking to become British citizens or settle here permanently.

While the previous version, created under the former Labour government, included some practical questions about daily life, the emphasis is now firmly on British history and culture. There are questions on sports, music and historical figures from William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill.

The Conservative-led government says the new handbook also features “an exploration of Britons’ unique sense of humour and satire,” alongside an explanation of aspects of cultural life including the national love of gardening, the novels of Jane Austen and the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said the book “focuses on values and principles at the heart of being British.” But Don Flynn, director of the Migrants’ Rights Network, likened it to a private school entry exam, “which requires complete identification with elite views of British history and culture.”

The handbook asks migrants to learn a potted history of Britain from the Stone Age to the present day.

Those eager to find out if they could pass the UK citizenship test, can test themselves with 10 sample questions online. To take the test visit

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1 XAVIERV (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 11:09 am Report abuse
I'm sure I would pass the British test, but I recognize that the Pakistanis, Indians and Thais have a greater capacity for learning that we Catholics, that is why it is they who inhabit the suburbs of London and not us .. je
2 DanyBerger (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 11:27 am Report abuse
I sure will not past this stupid test together with 30 million Britons.
But Luckily we all hold EU passports, well to be honest I don't know for how long Britons will have one.

3 Conqueror (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 11:57 am Report abuse
@2 That's good. Then you won't be able to sneak in here at all!
4 Zethee (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 01:26 pm Report abuse
Questions are all really easy.
5 wangito (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 03:27 pm Report abuse
I was shocked surprised and disappointed not to find any questions regarding Quran, Sharia law,Halal, jihad etc. With a growing Muslim population boarding 15%, it is definitely a part of British life and soon will become a mandatory British heritage...
6 XAVIERV (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 03:47 pm Report abuse
Soon the island will be a Shiite cell in the middle of the South Atlantic .. While we will still Christians ..
7 ChrisR (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 04:49 pm Report abuse
5 wangito

Prove this 15% falacy or STFU. I KNOW the figure and it's 1/5 of yours.


No, you may be Catholics but you are not Christians, not by the actions of your shit country in the last 40 years.

From an atheist.
8 Shed-time (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 05:51 pm Report abuse
I anticipate this can being kicked further down the street.

If this tiger had any more paper, we could turn it into a library.
9 briton (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 07:44 pm Report abuse
And the terrorists still get in,
And stay at our expense.
10 wangito (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 08:33 pm Report abuse
@ChrisR 7
Agree I was wrong. “only” 5%, excluding the illegal’s. (how many are they?) But it is also the fastest growing religious group in the UK, and at this moment the second largest one. It has grown exponentially for the last 10 years from 1.2 Million to close to 3 Million at the end of 2011 and they will be 15% before too long. But it is not only the UK. Germany and France are close to 15%, and same trend is all over Europe. What you do not understand is that many of them escaped death and poverty in their own homelands running away from rival sects. (Is Syria a good enough example for you?). Shiite and Sunni are about the same proportion in the UK, and once feeling strong enough will start killing each other and the winner might as well turn against you. A real Muslim will not tolerate you. You either convert or be burnt in hell. The ultimate goal is the Caliphate. If you don't understand, or believe in what I have said, go investigate. Your written violence will not make you correct it is only making you closer to Islam.

Read this by a Muslim British scholar:
11 hjarta (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 10:08 pm Report abuse
The Ukis not getting tough enough as we are still allowing them in. It is time for us to leave the EU and close our borders until we have immigration and illegal immigrants under control
12 Boovis (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 07:30 am Report abuse
Toughening the borders is one thing, getting rid of the people who are already in is another. Why is it ok to go to Mali or Afghanistan to fight terrorists but not ok to boot out those who chant “death to british soldiers” when our boys come back home in pine overcoats? In the old days we would've shot'em.
13 DanyBerger (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 09:40 am Report abuse
Ha ha

Claiming Self D for 3000 and wanted to kill all Muslim from a single shot in UK.

Hypocrisy where?
14 ChrisR (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 11:28 am Report abuse
10 wangito

Had you have been on this site some months ago, you would have seen a number of my posts setting out the real facts behind the 'religion of love'.

Islam is a religion of the indoctrinated (sound familiar) HATE for any person whose is not a Muslim and especially the Jews.

It is also a religion which does not value women and despoils young girls so that they 'will be faithful to their husband'.

Anyone not a Muslim OR, horror upon horror IS a Muslim and LEAVES are marked for execution.

It is about time that multiculturism was seen for what it is: appeasement to the immigrants at the expense of the indigenous population.

Australia has it right. If you are lucky enough to be accepted into their society you MUST integrate into society. These Muslim idiots causing trouble in Sydney are going to have to drop the crap or leave. And it won’t be long before the expulsions start.

BTW the figure for mossies in the UK is indeed 5%, but as you say they will keep producing several children and overtake the indigenous people at some time.
15 DanyBerger (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 02:27 pm Report abuse
And the so called British tolerance for religion and diversity where had gone?

I'm starting to feel discriminated by some posters here...

Anyone having Grand Dad in SS?
16 wangito (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 05:24 pm Report abuse
You have got it right this time.
What is your solution for the UK and advise to the rest of decaying Europe?
Can youmarch in London and chant “Death for the queen” ?
So why can you shout out loud in a police protected demonstration “Kill British soldier” and get away with it?
Something is very sick with the system.
Same as boycoting Israel's highly regarded universities by British universities.
Is this what you call being politically correct?
17 ChrisR (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 05:33 pm Report abuse
@15 Dunny-Burger

Usual head up your culo response.

I bet YOU would want to get rid of the mossies if they wanted you dead for:
1) Not joining their medieval ‘religion’ of hate;
2) Wanting to kill your daughter because she is educated and can drive a car;
3) Insisting that sharia law is banned and only your law is acceptable;
4) Making a joke about Mohammed, such as faeces and urine be upon him, instead of peace and blessings. BTW I am not joking, I meant it;
5) Pointing out that Mohammed was a paedophile, he married a six YO girl and consummated it when she was nine YO and he should have been hung;
6) Because you are homosexual.

And a 1000 or more ‘reasons’ to their befuddled brains.

Now, go on and lie to me that you don’t agree with me.
18 briton (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 07:10 pm Report abuse
Someone said the other day,
That if the government brought in two years national service for all immigrants ,
Then those who wanted to stay here would do it,
And those who just wanted to abuse our system,
Would pack up and go,
And other would not come here,

So if their idea is good or not, is an irrational interesting point, perhaps .?/

19 ChrisR (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 09:25 pm Report abuse
16 wangito

I had not got it wrong before.

And you laughable comment: ”Can you / march in London and chant “Death (to) for the Queen” ? No.”

And do you have any clue WHY you cannot do that? CLUE: it has NOTHING to do with the Law.

But I suggest you try it for yourself HOWEVER, before you do make out your will and pay for your funeral because if the British hear you shouting this out, having checked you are not drunk (and giving you a good kicking) OR mad (and getting you a doctor) they would KILL you for being disrespectful to our beloved Queen Elizabeth II.

Seems reasonable to me.
20 briton (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 10:03 pm Report abuse
their all mouth and no trousers lol.
21 wangito (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 11:59 pm Report abuse
My question remained open:
If so why can you chant “kill british soldiers ” and get away with it?
I guess this HAS to be the law...?
22 DanyBerger (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 03:42 pm Report abuse
@ChrisR ambo

Well seems Argentina is far, far, far ,far more democratic country than shitty little kingdom in a little Island in nowhere and isolated from the civilised world (Lets says us of course who else could it be?)

I can say dead to Queen Elizabeth II and? Nothing happens
I can say dead to British soldier and? Nothing happens

That is freedom of expression, don’t you think so?
23 ChrisR (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 08:22 pm Report abuse
22 Dunny-Berger

Yes, it is freedom of expression, something unheard of in AR.

All you lot do is bang pots together: very intellectual.
24 DanyBerger (#) Feb 02nd, 2013 - 03:32 am Report abuse
Ah! sure mate because your protesters in Britain are genius no?

And these in Canada?

At least in Argentina they don't kill them as you do in UK

??? idiot who?
25 ChrisR (#) Feb 02nd, 2013 - 03:48 pm Report abuse
24 DunnyBurger

Never claimed you were an idiot.

You are nowhere near as good as that.
26 DanyBerger (#) Feb 03rd, 2013 - 10:58 am Report abuse
@Christ Ram bo

And these ones???
27 ChrisR (#) Feb 03rd, 2013 - 04:57 pm Report abuse

When, oh when, are you going tp formulate a reasoned argument instead of keep linking to some off topic drivel?

BTW, I am still waiting for the name of the jets that AR 'make' and who makes their engines: FOURTH REMINDER. Is it Airfix perhaps?

28 DanyBerger (#) Feb 04th, 2013 - 09:09 am Report abuse
This one idiot

ha ha

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