So, folks who want to come and work here do need to be filtered in some manner. Even if it’s just to sort out those who want to work from those who don’t. And yet we shouldn’t allow the civil service near anything:
Food industry figures complain the tests foreigners must pass are unnecessarily complicated, with few managing to garner enough points under the current system.
They argue the reading, writing and speaking requirements are equal to what is expected of doctors, teachers and chemical engineers, despite the language demands of those roles being much higher.
In some cases candidates are also tested on niche or bizarre subjects, the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers claims.
Official listening exercises that the trade body sampled asked applicants to listen to a recording and then answer questions on topics including a cheese rolling competition, basketball, emus, Burlington Arcade, crane flies, Charles Dickens and Matisse.
Lampposts, that’s the solution.