I’m still just under two years away from being able to apply for Citizenship, but I’m really rather amused by the
Britishness Test UK Citizenship Test that every wannabe-Brit has to pass.
“The 45-minute test – covering government, society and practical issues and costing £34 – comes into force on Tuesday.
People seeking to become British will take the test at one of 90 centres across the country, before taking part in a formal citizenship ceremony.”
Puh-lease, what IS Britishness? Being able to say how many seasons of Eastenders there have been? Knowing the latest about Jordan’s private life? Seemingly, it’s knowing the emergency phone number, a somewhat legitimate question, and being aware of a bunch of facts about the Royalty or the Church of England I bet 2/3 of my British-born friends wouldn’t be able to guess in a pub quiz.
Ask me how to pour a good pint or how to cook Toad in the Hole, and I’ll happily oblige. In the meantime, I’ll pray that, however humourous it may be, the Britishness Test dissapears off the face of Britain before I apply for Citizenship.
Edit: There! I found my contribution to the Britishness Test! Having to sing the London Underground song from beginning to end!