Citizenship guide full of errors

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  1. It's been revealed that a new guide for immigrants on British culture, history and tradition is full of errors.

    Professor Sir Bernard Crick, who wrote the history section, explained why:

  2. Just add best year ever for the NHS and you've totally confused everybody.

    Not a fcuk up, it was rushed.

    A rushed fcuk up then.
  3. Rather than give the Gurniad the satifaction of looking at their website, here are the error:

    Historical howlers:

    Claim: 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
  4. Quite simple mistakes to make when you rush.

    And fcuk up.
  5. Let's hope that in centuries to come, citizenship guides may distinguish between the historical reality and the perceived reality of the moment:

    Perceived reality: Britain was under threat by the deployment of weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of an order to do so

    Reality: Britain was under threat by the deployment of weapons of mass destruction within 45 years of an order to do so
  6. Err...the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not part of the United Kingdom, they are separate Crown dependencies with their own laws.
  7. The Crown has sovereignty over the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey, and the Isle of Man, known collectively as the crown dependencies. These are lands historically owned by the British monarch, but not considered part of the United Kingdom itself. However, the Parliament of the United Kingdom has the authority to pass legislate for the dependencies, and the British government manages their foreign affairs and defence.

    Spot on

  8. Two out of ten for not concentrating ,The government could do better
  9. While I can understand that somebody might be better integrated into British society because he/she knows about Lady Jane Grey. I have this nagging feeling that those integrated will be more knowledgeable than many of those they are supposed to integrate with.

    Excluding all members of the Red Lion pub quiz team of course.
  10. Yet again no-one seems willing to accept responsibility for their actions, with excuses abound. I fail to see why speed should have any bearing on the accuracy of delivery, this exercise was simply a collation of facts, not a subjective or discussional subject. Indefensible, particularly so when an independent historical association highlighted the inaccuracies but their offer to rectify them was rejected!

    A cringe worthy embarrassing situation. Heads should roll.......... perhaps the Home Office were merely replicating the inadequacy of their chief, Mr Clarke. :evil:
  11. The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book of the Bible,Guinessis, Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. One of their children, Cain, asked, "Am I my brother's son?"

    Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.

    Solomom had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.

    Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.

    Eventually, the Romans conquered the Greeks. History calls people Romans because they never stayed in one place for very long.

    Nero was a cruel tyranny who would torture his subjects by playing the fiddle to them.

    In midevil times most people were alliterate. The greatest writer of the futile ages was Chaucer, who wrote many poems and verses and also wrote literature.

    Another story was William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple while standing on his son's head.

    Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah."

    It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking. And Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper.

    The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couplet. Romeo's last wish was to be laid by Juliet.

    Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.

    Later, the Pilgrims crossed the ocean, and this was called Pilgrim's Progress. The winter of 1620 was a hard one for the settlers. Many people died and many babies were born. Captain John Smith was responsible for all this.

    One of the causes of the Revolutionary War was the English put tacks in their tea. Also, the colonists would send their parcels through the post without stamps. Finally the colonists won the War and no longer had to pay for taxis. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backwards and declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand.". Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.

    Soon the Constitution of the United States was adopted to secure domestic hostility. Under the constitution the people enjoyed the right to keep bare arms.

    Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. The believed assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposedly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.

    Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reasonable time. Voltaire invented electricity and also wrote a book called Candy.

    Gravity was invented by Issac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the autumn when the apples are falling off the trees.

    Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German half Italian and half English. He was very large.

    The French Revolution was accomplished before it happened and catapulted into Napoleon. Napoleon wanted an heir to inherit his power, but since Josephine was a baroness, she couldn't have any children.

    Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. She was a moral woman who practiced virtue. Her death was the final event which ended her reign.

    The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of river to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men.

    Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbis. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species. Madman Curie discovered radio. And Karl Marx became one of the Marx brothers.

    The First World War, caused by the assignation of the Arch-Duck by an anahist, ushered in a new error in the anals of human history.

    Some real answers from GCSE exams.
  12. Could you imagine such an excuse with your final paper? 'Erm, it's all toss boss because it was a rush job.' Again, accountability = 0. :roll:
  13. It seems to work for them.

    Or rather it doesn't.
  14. Come, come now gentlemen. Have you not all lost your sense of reality.

    FACT 1. 1,023 deportable foreign criminals have gone AWOL due to Home Office fcuk-ups.
    FACT 2. Home Office commissions a rush job on a Citizenship guide.

    Are we seeing a pattern?

    Get the 1,023 to pass the citizenship test pronto, and missing foreigner problem solved!

    :wink: :) :wink:
  15. How much public money has this absurd publication cost?