Monday, 2 July 2012

Theresa May's Cultural Purity Test!

Tory Home Secretary Theresa May is reportedly planning changes to the British Citizenship test taken by foreign nationals who wish to reside on our fair isle.

Astonishingly leaks suggest that immigrants will be told "historically the UK is a Christian country". I'm unsure how they seek to explain away Stonehenge. Perhaps as a 17th Century baroquial version of sandbox for Christopher Wren? Who knows? The rules are fast and loose when you are attempting to imprint an outdated culturally conservative concept on Johnny Foreigner, eh?! Put your bedsheets away, Pagans!

The Sunday Times states that immigrants will also have to learn the first verse of the national anthem before they can even consider becoming UK citizens.

Of course, they won't be expected to learn all four verses, what with the last stanza historically featuring incitement to murder of the Scottish:

Lord, grant that Marshal Wade,
May by thy mighty aid,
Victory bring.
May he sedition hush,
and like a torrent rush,
Rebellious Scots to crush,
God save the King.
The Oxford Book of Eighteenth Century Verse

Hardly an encouragement to 'inclusivity', especially when you consider this requisite to learn a song that also compels an omni-prescent supernatural being to protect an unelected, and grossly privileged, head of state.

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