I've just read (in a number of online papers) that the government plans to allow immigrants to earn citizenship using a points system. Rather than being allowed automatically to apply for citizenship after 5 years, they plan to call immigrants 'Probationary Citizens' after 5 years, and from then onwards, the points they earn goes towards their final 'award'. Here's how they might 'earn' their 'Brownie' Points: Joining a Union would earn points. Civic Activism Canvassing for a political party. Joining a political party. Heading for Scotland or other areas that 'need immigration' could also qualify for a shortening of the citizenship 'hold' period. Does anyone think this is a good idea? I think it is ludicrous, insane and political football of the worst kind. Immigrants should be kept well clear of anything political in this country until they are fully-fledged citizens. What would stop Labour using 100,000 'political activists' that it had bussed in with the promise of citizenship to do its work? I suspect it would be an incentive for Labour to 'invite' millions of immigrants to the UK on the basis that 5 years after their arrival, they could join the party and help it. Perhaps if 'would be' citizens did charitable deeds, donated large amounts of funds to a cause, saved someone's life or otherwise showed themselves to be exemplary players in our civic life, then that should shorten the application process, but engaging in political activism? WTF?!?!?