ilrseeker wrote:ILR is as good as citizenship in terms of you can live as long as you want in the country, get the state benefits etc, although one cannot apply for a passport.
If ILR is as good as BC then why do you want to apply for BC?
IMHO, it is not as good as BC and I could list a lot of advantages of having BC over ILR/PR for someone who wants to stay over here.
The main difference (for me) is with ILR/PR you are a guest. With BC you are at home.
Anyway, you have been sentenced by court, hence you are convicted.
Whatever caused conviction and regardless if it is seen by public (and you) as minor or major, it is a serious matter by the very simple fact it ended up in court.
If you really need (want) BC, and you can afford losing a lot of money, then by all means you are free to apply.
You may hovewer find it difficult to find referees willing to endorse your application.