The ‘Indy’ goes to bat for the usual subject of progressive sympathy, failed asylum seekers:
“I was shocked,” Yonas says, sitting in a London café with The Independent. “They took my pictures off Facebook and they didn’t ask for permission.”
Yes, it’s terrible when people sponge off others without asking permission, isn’t it..?
The pictures that newspapers found on his account illustrated the story they wanted to tell –of a hard-looking boy. But in the flesh, Yonas is anything but – and his story of seeking out an education against the odds is hard not to admire.
And if he’d sought an education in Ethiopia, I’d have cheered him on. But he didn’t. He decided to make me pay for it.
And I find it rather hard to admire him as a result of that.
Yonas’s temporary immigration status lasts another year, after which he can apply for indefinite leave to remain. In the meantime, Yonas is hoping the Home Office realises he isn’t Ethiopian any more. “I don’t want to go back to Ethiopia; for me it’s like a different country now. Maybe back then Ethiopia felt like home, but now it’s here. Now I feel British.”
And you’re proving that by hiring lawyers to obtain more money from hard-pressed taxpayers. How sadly ‘British’ that is, these days…