by Stephen Tall on March 17, 2009
David Boyle brings us news that one of the sample questions in the ‘Britishness test’, which immigrants must pass if they wish to become British citizens, is
to define a quango.
As David comments:
It really is extraordinary, though perhaps not very surprising, that Whitehall Man believes knowing the meaning of government acronyms is one of those pieces information which defines Britishness – alongside knowledge of Shakespeare and all the panoply of English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish culture.
For those unsure of the answer (go on, admit it, it’s not like Jacqui Smith will have you forcibly repatriated or anything), the answer is:
An organization or agency that
is funded by the taxpayer but accountable only to Whitehall, and should immediately be abolishedis financed by a government but that acts independently of it.