European students behaving like the Welsh!

According to Leopold Bloom, an Englishman’s proudest boast is ‘I paid my way.’ Unfortunately, it seems, not all nationalities are so honourable!

Because of the Single Market, EU students at universities in England and Wales are entitled to the same subsidised loans as those from Britain. They’re all supposed to pay the money back once their earnings reach a certain level. But according to the Western Daily Press (3 March 2009), more than a thousand have failed to start repaying – leaving the British taxpayer to pick up a bill which runs into ‘millions of pounds’.

So what’s the headline on the report?

‘Cheating students czech out without paying’?

‘Cheating students hungary for British loans’?

‘Cheating students bulgar off with our money’?

No.

‘Cheating students welsh on their loans’ – of course!

There’s no suggestion that students from Wales have been guilty of this deception, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Like the devious Mugabe (see my earlier posting at http://stewartjc.wordpress.com) these European students turn out to be no better than England’s unreliable neighbours – at least so far as this Bristol paper is concerned.

About James Stewart

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36 Responses to European students behaving like the Welsh!

  1. theagingfanboy says:

    I would imagine that they would say they are using a recognised word, although it’s one that we could do without. All the folks who wear those hysterically funny shirts which say “I support anyone playing against England” would support Mugabe in a rugby game though….

  2. Darren says:

    I thought it was “welch” when you “welch on a bet”.

  3. James Stewart says:

    Welch or Welsh – there’s no difference. The Welch Regiment is the Welsh regiment.

  4. theagingfanboy says:

    Anyone ever used the phrase “Dutch courage”? Or been gypped out of something? Perhaps we could Scotch these comments!

  5. James Stewart says:

    Welsh or Welch?

    On this point, the Guardian’s stylebook is interesting:

    welch (not welsh) to fail to honour an obligation

    Welch Regiment, Royal Welch Fusiliers

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    In the words of the tour guide of Parliament she summed the trip up when we were in the lobby between the House of Commons and the House of Lords when she was talking about how not to get lost in the place. In the lobby there is 4 doors and above each is a statute. Above the door to leave the building is Saint Patrick (the Irish are always the first to leave), above the door opposite is Saint Andrew which leads to the bar (Scots are great drinkers). Above the door to the Commons is Saint David as the Welsh are great speakers and finally above the door to the House of Lords is Saint George because the English always think they know best and are of a higher standing than the others!

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