Seven former Gurkhas who took the UK Government to court, claiming they suffered "inferior" pay, conditions and treatment to that of British colleagues have lost their claim. In the test cases, the Nepalese fighters claimed their human rights had been breached by the "irrational and discriminatory" attitude of the Ministry of Defence. The Gurkhas were represented at the two-day High Court hearing by the prime minister's wife Cherie Booth QC. But the MoD argued there had been no breach of human rights laws, and that too much time had elapsed between the time the men were serving and the case being brought. During the case, Ms Booth told Mr Justice Sullivan there had been "systematic and institutionalised less favourable treatment of Gurkha soldiers... on the grounds of their race and nationality". 'Brave fighters' "On the one hand Gurkhas are acknowledged to be brave fighters who have provided loyal service to the Crown for nearly 200 years... and even today serve in Kuwait," she said. "But on the other hand, they are treated as different and inferior in relation to other parts of the British Army on terms and conditions of service." The seven all retired in the past couple of years from the Brigade of Gurkhas, to which all the Gurkhas in the British Army are recruited. They had been trying to claim £2m in compensation and had their claim succeeded it could have opened the floodgates to some 30,000 other former soldiers. Nice one Hoon!