August 1, 2007


2,000 Gurkhas 'should have the right to live in Britain because of their bravery' (Daily Mail, 1st August 2007)

Gurkhas who is prepared to fight and die in battle for Britain should be allowed to stay here, an immigration tribunal was told today.

About 20 Gurkhas, many wearing medals and clutching their berets, sat quietly listening to legal arguments in a test case which could help decide whether 2,000 Gurkhas could settle in Britain.

The case is the latest part of an ongoing battle for Gurkhas' rights

David Enright, representing 44 veterans, told the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal in central London: "I think the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) should have considered war wounds, decorations when in battle, swearing allegiance to the Crown, swearing allegiance for decades, fighting a battle, being injured, guarding the Queen the way your fathers and grandfathers served the Queen, paying income tax.

"You cannot find a stronger way to link with the UK.

"All these are strong ties with the UK and should be considered in the particular circumstances of the Gurkhas who have rendered such sterling service for over 200 years."

we'll take them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 1, 2007 4:05 PM

They give citizenships to those who want to impose sharia on them.

Posted by: ic at August 1, 2007 4:36 PM

Butthey have magnificent uniforms..........

Posted by: Sandy P at August 1, 2007 5:07 PM

Gurkhas are Hindus.

I have a very good friend who's an ethnic Gurkha, but not a military veteran. Pleasant, generous, loyal, great sense of humor, wouldn't hurt a fly--but hand him a rifle and tell him to take a ridge line, and mama look out!

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 1, 2007 6:12 PM

When has a Brit ever minded the whip?

Posted by: oj at August 1, 2007 6:36 PM

The Gurkhas? They chose to be British, in the hardest way anyone can show loyalty - by swearing allegiance, donning the uniform, and serving amongst the best and the bravest.

Each Gurkha is a true Tommy, and should be treated better than many Tommy Atkins' were treated. They get in.

Besides, an enclave of Gurkhas amongst the more rambunctious of the Queens' subjects would be a, er, salutary lesson to those said rambunctious subjects. A khukuri from the dark is an instructive argument.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2007 8:16 PM

Brits need an attitude change and soon.

Posted by: erp at August 2, 2007 7:57 AM

NR ran a short commentary recently on a Nepalese man who won major decorations fighting for Britain during WWII and was requesting to move there as he was ill and wanted improved health care. Some advisory board said he had not yet established a sufficient tie of loyalty to Britain and so denied his request. Well, thankfully there was a justifiable public outcry and the government reversed itself.

Meanwhile, these guys get admitted without too much difficulty.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 2, 2007 4:52 PM

Access Denied at your two links?

Posted by: erp at August 2, 2007 5:30 PM