Thursday, May 21, 2009

An Unpopular View on the Gurkhas

Sir Humphrey would never let his minister be ambushed by Gurkhas | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian

The government's former policy on the Gurkhas was reasonable. They are not British or Commonwealth citizens. They are soldiers of fortune, with less claim to settle in Britain than Commonwealth soldiers who likewise decide to take the Queen's shilling and a career in the British forces. Some 10% of the army is now such a 'foreign legion'. The wages are beyond any imaginable in their own country. That they serve under British officers and for British interests does not give them special moral standing.

Good for Simon Jenkins.

1 comment:

ALICE WHITE 12 said...

this is not true the gurkhas fought hard for us they have worn the queens uniform helped this country get where we are today that is is dispicable claim to make!