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Speechless

Not literally, obviously, otherwise this blogpost wouldn’t exist. In fact it would be a performative contradiction.. Nonetheless, I find it very hard to write anything about such a hideous example of what our country has become. I don’t understand how anyone involved in dealing with this case in the civil service could sign their bit of paper moving the case along. You’d resign wouldn’t you? You’d have to? Or would it be more than your job was worth?

To my mind, rather than any hatred for the Gurkhas, this shows the petty-minded attitude to the rules that has become entrenched in this country. No-one is willing to go against the regulations and say that something is wrong. It’s too easy to shift the blame onto the rules and avoid taking responsibility.

Colour Sergeant Krishnabahadur Dura, of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, based at Shorncliffe Barracks, Folkestone, died last month in the Musa Qala district of Helmand Province when the vehicle he was travelling in hit a roadside bomb.

Now his widow Uma and the couple’s two young daughters face deportation.

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Of all the Labour policies, this is the one that I find the most incomprehensible. The government have refused visas to two thousand Gurkhas who retired before 1997. Why would Labour treat the Gurkhas badly like this? What could they possibly gain from it? They have operated an immigration policy which has accepted people from all over the world, from places with no connection to Britain. They have given away control over immigration from EU countries to the EU. Why have they compounded these deeply unpopular policies by disgracefully treating a tiny number of soldiers who have served our country and faced death for us? What can they gain by angering so many of us? They have spent so much on immigrants to this country, why begrudge this tiny act of gratitude? They have frittered away goodwill on immigration policy, why not earn a little bit back? It beggars belief. I think it is a sign that these people are truly, deeply, right to the bottom of their hearts and the very back of their brains, incompetent.

Please sign this petition. So that Gordon gets some idea of how many of us he is ignoring. Bastard.

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