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PM fails ‘Citizenship Test’ on Letterman

Prime Minister David Cameron appeared on a US talk show last night and failed to answer questions that appear on the government’s ‘Citizenship’ test for immigrants.

Mr Cameron was attempting to garner some much needed good publicity amid ministerial rantings and economic gloom by trying to emulate Barack Obama’s successful appearances on the Tonight Show with David Letterman.

The plan however, backfired after he failed to explain what ‘Magna Carta’ meant and answered incorrectly when asked who wrote ‘Rule Britannia’.

Both questions appear on the government’s new citizenship test which immigrants are required to take when applying for a British passport. 

After his errors, the Oxford-educated Premier quipped: “That is bad, I have ended my career on your show tonight.”

Mr Cameron was following in the footsteps of London Mayor Boris Johnson who also had a patchy exchange with Letterman earlier this year.  

The Prime Minister was part of a British-themed edition of the long-running chat show.

Other British guests included actor Jonny Lee Miller and folk rock band Mumford and Sons.

Government sources said the Prime Minister had decided to appear on the show in an attempt to capitalise on American interest in Britain following the London Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

– Viji Alles



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