BBC News Headline Writing

According to the Beeb, ‘British citizenship tests: One in three immigrants fail’.


Well, actually, no. One in three immigrants WHO TOOK THE TEST failed. That is very different to saying 1 in 3 of ALL immigrants failed the test as the Beeb headline implies.

We’re not saying that’s intentional but an emotive subject such as immigration requires a better choice of language than that, don’t you think?


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