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LANGUAGE AS A BARRIER.

Byline: Murphy's Law

FOUND a website this week which offers the chance to take a practice at the British citizenship test, used to determine whether Johnny Foreigner can settle in our neighbour's green and pleasant isle. One interesting question asks whether Ulster Scots is a spoken dialect in Northern Ireland.

Now, Murphy is aware of the squillions squandered on supporting the "language" which describes handicapped children as "wee dafties", but he is unaware of anyone who actually speaks it.

Another question asks whether during the 1980s the Irish, Indians, Pakistanis and West Indians were the biggest migrant groups entering Britain. The answer, surprisingly, is no.

We'll give the Brits the benefit of the doubt and won't suggest they've made the test hard to keep the huddled masses on the far side of the Channel Tunnel.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 3, 2010
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