Julia Murphy writes: Plus the government has recently introduced a Guide
for people coming to > live here who are taking the Citizenship test.
> Can't quite remember all the details, but there has been a book on British
> history written for these people, although I know that the history
> teaching community was a bit indignant because there are a few errors! It
> depends on how accurate you want their understanding of history to be:
> school level or university level! Perhaps this is the book -
It is more than a few errors - the history section is riddled with them.
Both Rescue and the Historical Association have made strong representations
to the Home Office (as it was under their aegis this lamentable apology for
a guide to British history was produced) regarding the content. I won't
list all the errors we (Rescue) picked up and highlighted but reflect upon
"Unity came from conquest. In the beginning of history there were no
nations in these islands, only local tribes with a predominant common
culture called Celtic. They built Stonehenge and their priests were the
druids. The Celts came from what is now Eastern Europe" (Page 18)
It is hard to imagine how more errors could be packed into three
sentences. The book is a complete disgrace - quite apart from the factual
errors it is riddled with examples of sloppy proof reading - the one I liked
best was this: 'The Conservatives won the General Election of 1979 and
stayed out of office until 1997'
We have been assured by Tony McNulty (at the time we wrote to the Home
Office, the minister responsible) that the errors will be corrected when the
next edition is published but so far we have seen no sign of this happening.
Do not waste your money on this book.