Immigrants will face tests on their knowledge of Monty Python, Morecambe and Wise, and Jessica Ennis in a new guide for people hoping to settle permanently in Britain.
An updated Life in the UK test handbook will go on sale from tomorrow, and in a departure from its politically correct predecessor, the new and somewhat more patriotic version promises to be a celebration of 'what makes Britain great.'
Minister for Immigration Mark Harper said: 'We've stripped out mundane information about water meters, how to find train timetables, and using the internet.
Immigrants will face tests on their knowledge of Morecambe and Wise, among other people who have made 'Britain great' in a new guide for people wishing to settle here permanently
Morecambe and Wise are also among other people who have made 'Britain great' in the new guide for people wishing to settle here permanently
'The new book rightly focuses on values and principles at the heart of being British. Instead of telling people how to claim benefits it encourages participation in British life.'
To gain citizenship or leave to remain in Britain, immigrants who speak a certain level of English must complete a test called ‘Life in the United Kingdom’, which was introduced by Labour in 2005.
The Home Office test and handbook have been completely re-written and now excludes 'topics that those living in the UK should already be aware of'.
Gone are questions about public transport, credit cards and job interviews. Instead it focuses on British culture, history and traditions, and well known people who have helped shape the country.
The guide draws on Britain's fondness for pubs, love of comedy and ability to 'laugh at ourselves' and lists great British films, including Lawrence of Arabia, Chariots of Fire, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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