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’?
‘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.