"I feel as if I am home now. As if I have freedom now with all that brings with it. I can go anywhere in the whole world. I can walk tall. This is a country where you can sleep with both eyes closed. Where the chances are that you won't get robbed. Where you can build a house without tall walls. Where you can have any kind of car and no one will challenge you with a gun. Where the police are not lawless. I feel proud. Like I was born again today."Albery Ekemode, a new British citizen.
Yousif Khaledi, 26, a shop assistant who arrived five years ago from Iraq, was entranced by the talk of British values, diversity and democracy. Enough to sing the national anthem when others were only mumbling. He may not sing it again, but that's OK. On any reasonable criteria, once is more than enough.
Welcome to Britain, Albert Ekemode and Yousif Khaledi.
However, this other article makes me wonder if we deserve you.