Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gurkha rights and wrongs?

Why should all Gurkhas be given the right to settle in the UK?

They were risking their lives before 1997 with the full knowledge that they had no automatic right to UK residence. Their status only changed when Hong Kong was given back to China in 1997.

For possibly the first time ever, Gordon Brown is right!

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where were the British charities- Oxfam, Save the Children et al- in the debate about the Gurkhas? I would have thought that Oxfam would have had a lot to say about the Gurkhas, considering that these former soldiers come from one of the poorest countries in the world, and Nepal would benefit from having ex-Gurkhas living in the UK and sending remittances back home to their less well-off relatives and communities. But then these days the CEOs of these charities, Dame Barbara Stocking of Oxfam for example, are tight-lipped about criticising the Labour Government, which may explain why they kept silent about the plight of Gurkha soldiers.

Anonymous said...

gurkhas are the kind of people that one would be glad to have as a brother. Not the sweepings of africa.
To say brown was right is the sign of incipient lunacy.

Lord T said...

There are many things in this country that are legally right but morally wrong.

The simple test for morals is to see what Gordo has done. The morally correct decision is the opposite stance.

xoggoth said...

Attractive as the last argument is, I completely agree with your incipient lunacy. As little as 15 years service and they get NHS and pension rights as UK soldiers although, unlike UK soldiers, much of the money they received did not come to this country.

Among them all, are there none who are less than the paragons they are all supposed to be? None who have committed offences? Needs a little more selectivity at least.

xoggoth said...

That's odd. I could have sworn there were some coments here re Tasers.

Anonymous said...

Ah! I clicked on that Chinese stuff at left and although it said latest comment and was dated 3/5/09it took me to a post for Nov 2008. Wierd. Why are you getting all that rubbish?

Mitch said...

By definition everything gordon does is wrong....it just is.

Anonymous said...

xoggoth said... Needs a little more selectivity at least.

Do you even know the selective process that is involved in qualifying to become a Gurka?


Not proud of Britain but would like to be? I am proud that in a world that increasingly hates our guts that these guys still want to associate themselves with us. They are not trying to skew the asylum process to suit for a work free week that brings financial benefit( as they havent been given that) .

In Nepal to collect the pension ( a lot lower than another uk soldier) they have to trek miles taking 1, 2, 3 days to get there as they physically have to present themselves to collect it, and its not an idllyic British countryside they walk across, it a mountainous journey they take -old, infirm, sick, you have to be there to get it.

If some asylum seekers had to endure that maybe they would seek some other EU country, preferably a flat one, instead of complaining about 2 bus journeys.

Personally i am not proud of Britain in they way they are treating the Gurkas, they have the right to live here, at last, but they dont get the same treatment we give total strangers to these shores. They deserve more.

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Where were the British charities- Oxfam, Save the Children et al- in the debate about the Gurkhas?


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