Then his South African friends asked him how he did it. He typed up some sample multiple-choice questions for them, all based on his swotting-up of Life in the United Kingdom, the Home Office text on which the official exam is based. They passed. So he put his questions and some coaching notes on his blog and lots of people started using them. They passed. So he published a book that now outsells a Clarkson. Damned successful foreigners. With their brains. And their ingenious ideas.
His books, he tells me, are not popular with the Home Office. If candidates turn up at an exam clutching a Red Squirrel publication, they are informed that they have been using the wrong material. Clearly, the civil servants are unhappy that someone is attempting to make sense of their test. Until Dillon came along, they had refused to publish any sample exam papers. When he published 400 of his own questions, which proved uncannily prescient, their shroud of mystery was lifted.
Essentially, this bloke has published a crammer to help you pass the citizenship test.
You\’d think that this was actually a good thing, something to be welcomed by those administering the tests, no?
Apparently not. I can\’t for the life of me work out why though.
The purpose of the test is to make sure that those who gain citizenship know about the country they are gaining citizenship of, no? So teaching them about the country they are gaining citizenship of sounds like a very good idea really.
The opposite argument is absurd, akin to demanding that those taking A levels should be those who have never been to school.
So what are the bureaucrats up to?