Yet another example of our government's shoddy attitude to those who have served our country. Purna Gurung, a former Gurkha living in Nottingham, collapsed and died last week. At the time of his death, he faced possible deportation back to Nepal and the prospect of forking out thousands to pay for his wife's medical expenses. Why? Because he left the colours before 1997. The guy wasn't even allowed to work and had to rely on his Gurkha pension (a smaller sum than that given to UK regular soldiers who complete their 22 year engagement. A friend said "He was not allowed to work and he had faced the trauma of a very high medical bill for his wife. There was the added stress of being deported and he just keeled over. It's yet another example of the misery that is inflicted on the retired Gurkhas." Our government should hang its head in shame, and this incident shows that the values of loyalty and service that Gurkhas have demonstrated over the last 200 years are alien concepts to those in Whitehall.