The Gurkhas

Jan Leeming

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Jan's Blog

Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 10th May 2009


            Thank God for people like the lovely Joanna Lumley - and this is where 'celebrity' does have it's uses.

            It is absolutely scandalous that people like the Gurkhas - who have for decades shed their blood for this country - should be denied domicile here.  And then to mess with the rules and say that only those holding certain decorations would be entitled to live here!  Apparently they have the highest number of VC's per capita than any other Fighting Regiment. 

            Although my father didn't actually serve with them, he worked for a General in the Middle East who was their Commandant and father has visited their units.  He is very proud of his Kukri - the traditional Gurkha knife - used as a weapon as well as a tool for many domestic chores.  They have highly decorated handles made from hardwood or water buffalo horn.  Look up the Kukri on the Internet - very interesting history.

            Anyway Joanna has really thrown this miscarriage of Justice into the Limelight and the Government have had to make a U-turn - and so they darned well should.  We - or rather successive Governments - let in all kinds of riff-raff and yet keep out a band of people who, apart from anything else, have shed their blood for this country and earned the RIGHT to be here.

            This nation has always been proud of it's record with regard to offering Succour to Political Refugees and that is something of which we can be proud - but for years now we've just been letting in Economic Refugees - not to mention those who come in by the back door and eventually wangle it so that they are allowed to stay. I really wish that our Leaders would tell us why we let in people from Countries we've never colonised and with whom we have no ties whatsoever.  (Maybe they would argue that these people will do the jobs that so many of our own folk can't be bothered to do because the State Handouts are too generous)  Our very Nationality is being slowly watered down and eroded but, of course, the Politicians in their Ivory Towers don't have to live an everyday life and face the problems emerging in virtually all parts of the British Isles. 

            I get annoyed with my friends who shrug their shoulders and say -Well what can we do to make a difference - we can't change anything!  I respond that they could start by writing to their MP or even to the PM or the Leader of the Opposition.   Mind you, even I am not so sure now that it is worth the time writing to anyone in power.  I had a friend in Tory Central Office and he saw to it that various letters I wrote -  addressing issues about which many of us were deeply concerned - did actually get through to John Major, Michael Howard and David Cameron.  My friend has now retired and the last letter I sent to the Leader of the Opposition was responded to with a saccharine acknowledgement from the Secretariat.  I don't think I shall bother again.

            I think I will print out the Speech made by the Australian Prime Minister - and even if it is a spoof, I think it is very apposite.  I'll keep that for next week as I really must get on with some work.

            Bye for now,  Jan


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