September 20th, 2008

No Place for Heroes

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

There are times when you just know the government have got things arse-about face. Unfortunately, this government seems to work this way more or less permanently.

Take the case of the Ghurkas going through the courts at the moment. Up to two thousand Ghurkas want to come & live in Britiain. They have served the Queen & this country in all fields of warfare throughout the 20th & 21st century. Thirteen of them have won the Victoria Cross for action in battle. They have been members of the British Army for almost 200 years & 50,000 of these Nepalese men have died for this country.

Their base, up until 1997 was in Hong Kong. When we gace Hong Kong back to China the Ghurkas were based in Kent. Under current guidelines, any Ghurka who retired after 1997 has the right to remain in the UK. Those who retired before do not & have been denied permission.

Some of those who wish to live in the UK served in WWII, such as 86 year old Tul Bahadur Pun, VC winner, who was denied the right to live in the UK until  a big publicity campaign last year made the government change its mind. Many of the Gurkhas wish to take advantage of our health system in many cases to treat illnesses & conditions brought on through their military service.

It seems strange that wanted terrorists can come to the UK, have us pay for their homes, dole, family allowances & education. We’ll let Somalians come & live here & murder people. We have no problem with eastern Europeans popping by & remaining here  to steal, rob & murder. And we don’t care a jot about anyone who wants to come to the shores & take advantage of our generous money-handing-out policies despite never lifting a finger in the service of this land.

But fight for this country in one of the most respected military units in the world, sometimes for 30 years or more & the Home Secretary’s solicitor will say that you don’t have “strong enough ties with Britain to live here”. Like all those people who live here examples given above have strong ties with the UK.

I don’t like paying taxes as much as anyone else but I’m bloody sure I’d rather my taxes went to a couple of thousand ex Gurkhas than some of the hundreds of thousands who currently have access to it.

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6 comments

  1. MetAnon says:

    the treatment of the armed forces by the government is in my opinion disgraceful, they say a lot about how we should support our armed forces but do little to follow this up.
    Frankly the government’s treatment of the Ghurkas is an embarrasment to this country – it certainly embarrases me.

    September 20th, 2008 at 17:01

  2. Plodnomore says:

    As an ex soldier who had the honour of serving with Gurkhas in Borneo and Hong Kong, I can honestly say that the these decisions by Governments of the day, and it has not only been NuLab as the Tories were also able to change the law if they so wished, are abhorrent to any sane, logical, caring, mind. One of the problems is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which is, and always has been, left of centre and with the connivance of Government, especially this bunch of vindictive crooks which hates the military and Police almost with a passion (but will use them for their own ends) have maintained the status quo. How many of this Government have offspring or relatives in the military? Compare that to how many have relatives or offspring in CND, Anti this or Anti thatactivist groups. Their policy is “We’ll use you to keep us in Government and to further our own aims but once we are there, you can all sod off.” I think the twonk in the FCO who told a Victoria Cross holder that he had no right of tenure of stay in this country should be named and a huge photograph of him, or her, posted in every library in the country.

    September 20th, 2008 at 21:42

  3. Oi says:

    Hear Here!

    From the Daily Express. We’ll see if she means it…….
    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/62149/Lumley-If-Gurkhas-aren-t-British-neither-am-I

    September 20th, 2008 at 23:39

  4. Paul says:

    Heard her on the radio ; she sounds like she means it. She is Indian born herself and her father fought with the Gurkas.

    Can’t do much about the Europeans while we are still in hock to the EEC, unfortunately.

    September 21st, 2008 at 14:30

  5. Richard A says:

    I fully agree with this post…..why are we treating these very brave & very loyal soldiers like this? What a rabble we have trying to run this country.

    September 22nd, 2008 at 19:38

  6. George says:

    couldn’t agree more. If serving in the armed forces was a requirement for being allowed to live in Britian then I suspect the queue at customs would decrease slightly.

    September 24th, 2008 at 16:21

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