British citizenship is getting easier and easier to obtain these days. For many it was just a matter of waiting for your country to join the EU and under its rules on free passage and open borders anyone from another EU country has as much right to live in the UK as any British born subject. If and when Turkey joins the EU a whole new wave of instant citizens will be created.
For those from none EU countries who go through the process legally, rather than by jumping in the back of a UK bound truck in Sangatte, the waiting time for citizenship will be reduced from eight to six years for those who are willing to undertake 50 hours of voluntary work.
There is a politically motivated catch, however. The Labour Government have deemed that standing on picket lines or political canvassing will also count for ‘earned citizenship’. No doubt the campaigning will have to be for Labour votes!