- Oct 25, 2005
- London and Highlands
- United Kingdom
We will have to disagree on that. They have to meet stringent criteria before they can join the British Army, they are paid servicemen, very many of them join up to escape the poverty of their own country. The very fact that they fought alongside the British, were wounded just like the British, but were denied the same pension as the British servicemen and women, is a disgrace. Having fought for British causes, they were not allowed to settle in the UK, if anyone has earned the right to settle here, it is them!Skydragon, please let me take issue with you on the subject of the Gurkhas. They are not used and abused. It is a very longstanding agreement between Britain and Nepal - and is very popular with the Nepalese. They are all volunteers. Since the British Army contracted so much in recent decades, we couldn't employ as many Gurkhas as before, so now they have a similar arrangement with the Indian Army too.
I have a soft spot for them, I and my family believe they are wonderful people, both as servicemen and as the friendliest, bravest individuals and I feel a deep sense of guilt that they have been so poorly treated by this country.