British citizenship? First lesson: Bins and queues

PUBLISHED: 13:25 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:25 13 January 2017

Customers queuing outside the Apple store. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

Customers queuing outside the Apple store. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

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It doesn’t take much to get a radio phone-in to talk about immigration. Whatever the topic, from TV shows to the price of fruit, someone will want to move the debate onto migration.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about it.

This week Dame Louise Casey was speaking to MPs on the Communities and Local Government select committee about integration.

She said people moving to the UK should be taught how to put the bins out and queue.

Some have been afraid to comment on this for fear of being called politically incorrect.

Not me.

Surely teaching people about bin days can only be a good thing.

With certain colour bins going out on certain days, with certain types of rubbish, you need a PhD to understand the rules.

Do you remember a few years ago the public anger at the woman who put a cat in a wheelie bin?

Half of it was sympathy for the poor cat but the rest was annoyance that she didn’t have to spend an hour working out which bin to use.

Around Christmas, bin days are harder to get right than the lottery.

I wait till enough of my neighbours have put their bins out and copy them.

In an area of high immigration where no one understands the bins no one will go first. Anarchy.

And queuing shouldn’t only be included in the UK induction course, we should be teaching it at school.

Not just the basics, A-level queuing like the queue for a cash point where you have to leave a gap for people to pass.

But if you really want lessons on how to blend in, they should teach you how to call a radio phone-in and make any topic a rant about what you want to talk about.

Tune into Steve’s Friday show today on Time 107.5 FM at 2.15pm for the weekly local paper review with the Recorder.

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