I think you may be forgetting something here…

January 20, 2014 4 Comments

Because of the current furore over EU immigration from the likes of Romania and Bulgaria along with the fear that somehow or other the EU will somehow get Turkey in by hook or by crook, the party which presided over the damaging uncontrolled immigration spate when last in power have a solution. They intend to make all benefit claimants pass a test in basic English, maths and computing skills.


Unemployed people who lack basic English, maths and computing skills should be stripped of benefits unless they take up training, Labour will say.
Under the plans, all new claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance would have to sit a basic skills test within six weeks.
The move is set to be unveiled by MP Rachel Reeves in her first major speech as shadow work and pensions secretary.

I suspect Labour are forgetting that under their rule, education was dumbed down to the worst levels since Victorian times with 1 in 5 pupils leaving school struggling to read and write back in 2010.

So, I reckon that any test will leave a lot of people unhappy, never mind immigrants or the test will be so useless that it will be almost impossible to fail. In fact I suspect that this measure will have to be quietly shelved as it attacks Labour’s core demographics when it comes to getting votes in.

Still it makes for good headlines and as an attempt to capture the public mood, it’s not a bad one. The problems start with anyone with a bit of common sense realising that the people it will hit won’t be a lot of immigrants who speak, read and write English generally better than a good few English, but that it will hit those badly let down by our poor education system and its politically motivated curriculum which has failed a generation of kids and left them unable to progress any further than the benefits queue.

The foul results of political correctness (all must have prizes) modern teaching practices (rather than using what worked) and endless tinkering with the examinations and curriculum to get ever higher results (rather than actual ability) has left many out there simply unprepared to pass any meaningful test on English, maths or computer skills (I doubt text speak is a computer skill or indeed an English one)

Still it makes for good headlines… which sums up political thinking these days.

Truly we are doomed.


4 Responses to I think you may be forgetting something here…

  1. January 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Labour’s tests for Immigrants and British claimants.

    Please correct the spelling and punctuation in this sentence:-

    The Benefit’s Orifice is just around the corner.

    Please show your calculation as to how much you are entitled to receive if you have ticked all the correct boxes in the DWP application form.

    • Dave_G
      January 20, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      I always understood the test to be..

      Q. “how much do you want?”

      A. “all of it thank you very much”

  2. January 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

    So, I reckon that any test will leave a lot of people unhappy, never mind immigrants


  3. Furor Teutonicus
    January 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    XX Unemployed people who lack basic English, maths and computing skills should be stripped of benefits unless they take up training, Labour will say. XX

    I have worked on these “integration courses” here in Germany. (Long story, and NEVER again!!!)

    People on “my” section of the course, regarding law, history, and the constitution, whom I considered not able to order a liter of beer without severe danger to themselves or innocent passers bye were getting 80 and 90% passes in their final German language tests/exams!

    I have seen translators supplied by the “Government” to sit with candidates AT THE EXAM TABLE!!!

    Of course THEY were sand-niggers.

    The Brits, Americans, French, Swedes, Italians etc had to just do the work, and get along with it.

    People who should have just been “rubber stamped”, already working in Lawyers firms, or as surgeons, or engineers, or… needing the “integration certificate” as a formality, and speaking/reading/writting better German than the teacher, were getting lower marks than some camel fucker who found it difficult to say/understand “Bitte/danke,” and could not read AT ALL! (The have “readers” supplied at the exam!)

    These “courses” are as corrupt as “luigi the money lender, from the local “familysupport agency” on the corner of some scummy block in Genoa.

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