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[*] Post 321755 posted on 20-2-2008 at 14:27 Reply With Quote
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These are on the table again, for the UK, more here.

They are just being discussed at the moment, but I'm interested in this bit:
"Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said migrants would need to demonstrate their contribution to society beyond simply working and paying taxes."

Interesting, indeed... while I have no issue with the idea (1), I'd be wryly amused if this were meted out to the population as a whole... how many would pass?

(1)I'm at times an annoying person. When required to prove that I could speak English, when applying for UK Citizenship, I presented a report for a UK government agency, on which I was the first named author. ;) (2)

(2)No, it wasn't accepted! A letter from my university, was.
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[*] Post 321765 posted on 20-2-2008 at 14:39 Reply With Quote


We've not long started such things here, the jury is very much leaning towards the "not" side of the debate. Some of the questions have been ludicrous, others would be absolutely unanswerable if you had no interest in the topic. How many of you know Don Bradman's claim to fame? Where was he born? This is one of the better questions. The ludicrousy comes about in that you can sit the test as often as it takes you to pass it. And it costs you nothing to sit it. How a test is going to make better citizens is beyond me.
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[*] Post 321769 posted on 20-2-2008 at 14:43 Reply With Quote


I could see it if it was about the history of the country or some such - I think the US has long had these in place.

If the questions were about popular culture, I'm pretty sure I'd fail - I have NO interest in popular sport, I turn off "reality tv" as soon as I realise it's on, I don't watch soaps (get addicted too easily, it's not safe!), etc...

But what I was really wondering was what would happen if the test were applied to the populace as a whole.... not the questions about knowledge but the one about contributing to society.
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