Keith Vaz Recoils at Hunger Strike Threat

#1
Yesterday, Keith Vaz sponsored an Early Day Motion in order to avoid Reading Gurkhas going on a two week relay hunger strike followed by a strike to the death, if their demands for equal pensions weren't met.

That this House is deeply concerned by the Gurkhas’ current commitment to undertake a hunger strike in protest against the lack of proper provision of pensions compensation and medical care; recognises the enormous contribution that the Gurkhas have made to Britain and its interests for almost two centuries; acknowledges the steps taken in 2007 towards equal pension rights and the right to live in the UK; and calls on the Government to engage in further productive dialogue on these issues with the Gurkha organisations as soon as possible.
Early Day Motion

The "massive protest at Westminster" last month seems to have gone largely unnoticed although google turns up a reference to a local news article. Link- Gurkhas take pension fight to Westminster

According to Vaz, the protest is about pensions and medical care, but according to the reports in Nepal, the protest involved a whole shopping-list of demands. Link-Gurkhas Five Point Demands

Some of the organiser's claims seem to be a bit exaggerated,
Mr Rai received a pension of about £5,000 for his 19 years’ service. He said his British counterpart would get something in the region of £70,000.
 
#3
Tell them to get stuffed. No one forced them to join.
 
#4
The only reason for Vaz to be involved is the hope that it will look good for him personally. The Gurkhas must be cursing their luck.
 
#6
I'm sure I'm not the only one that saw this thread and thought Vaz would be giving up the Pringles for Lent/Rosh Hashanah/Divali/Ramalamadingdong (delete as applicable)? We can live in hope. Vaz would turn up at a plane crash if he thought it'd get him on Newsnight.
 

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#9
If Gurkhas are going to cost the same as Brits, at a time when we are reducing numbers what is the business case for continuing to recruit Gurkhas, especially considering what must be the not inexpensive process in Nepal?

Mind you, chaps of my age had quite a pash on Joanna back in the day. Still scrubs up, too.
 
#12
Are they employed as cheap labour then? If that's all it's about we could probably get some right bargain squaddies from Somalia or somesuch.
I think that's exactly why they were employed and have survived other defence reviews.

They'll struggle to compete with a mobile laundry and shower unit next time.

It's a shame but "cost of everything, value of nothing" springs to mind whenever I think of MOD cuts.


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#14
On the right hand of my screen. Can't get the woman orf.
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