Good news in the Gurkha campaign

Wonderful news! The BBC TV report is flashing up that a new policy allowing them to stay should be in place "within a month".
 
Excellent News. Long deserved and good job.

Solicitor Martin Howe, who also represents the former soldiers, said the veterans had shown integrity and patience

Possibly understatement of the year perhaps?
 

Bugsy

LE
I don't get this. What's to review? All the Gurkhas can prove their service, so why this unnecessary delay?
It had originally said it was to review all cases by the end of 2008 but asked for an extra three months to publish a new policy for more than 1,300 Gurkhas.

MsG
 

sandybag

Old-Salt
in_the_cheapseats said:
Just breaking now. Still no "official" announcement but it would appear that HMG is going to do the decent thing.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7965492.stm

Great news and no more than deserved.

It's about time this poxy G'ment got something right although I think all of us who have added our signatures to the Gurkha campaign will have helped sway them too, public opinion was always with the these brave soldiers anyway.
 

Narnia

Clanker
Excellent news, let's hope the Gov't don't manage to drag out the test cases for too long once the announcement's been made.
 

Percussion_Cap

Old-Salt
Great news for the Gurkhas. Reading an anymous 'Home Office spokesperson' comment in the BBC website:

"Since 2004, over 6000 former Gurkhas and family members have been granted settlement in the UK under immigration rules," he continued.
"We are determined to get the guidance right to ensure that it is fair to all Gurkhas. This has involved consultation across government."

- and given that the Office for National Statistics website states that apprximately 577,000 people arrived in 2007 (the last year I could find figures for) and stayed for at least a year, the 6,000 former Gurkhas & dependants equate to just under 4 days' worth of 'average' immigration.

I hope that the govt and its spokespeople don't try to trot out any more figures like this in their pathetic attempts to sound benevolent. 6,000 sounds like a big number, but not when put in context.
 

TheBFG

War Hero
This is good news at last,sadly several of the old boys have died while they have been waiting. I hope they all come ,we could do with few friends coming in instead of enemys.
 

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