Magna Carta etc
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UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who is away in Brazil to inaugurate a machinery plant, is probably thanking his stars for being born a Briton. Because if he were not, and had to face an immigration test on his return to Heathrow, he would run the risk of flunking and being deported. Like he flunked the test in British history on David Letterman's show before he left for Brazil. His education at Oxford did not even permit him to hazard a guess as to what Magna Carta means in English.
Letterman is noted for embarrassing prominent guests, so Cameron's failure was more or less expected. But it is embarrassing because last year, in a speech on immigration — the current obsession of the western hemisphere — he had announced plans to revise citizenship tests and make the knowledge of British history and culture a key determinant. It had sounded like a backlash against the triumph of multiculturalism in Britain, where knowing about the Magna Carta could be less important than knowing what gives chicken tikka masala that vile pink tinge.
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