Dear Editor, What more can I say? I find it rather sad that we are unable to express an opinion and debate issues concerning the public services and quality of life for our children without personal abuse – I refer to the letter from James Benton of Hall Green (August 17). I am sure most people are already fully aware of the history that he has repeated, but unfortunately, like most blinkered thinkers, he has missed the central issue.
Gurkhas now living in our country are depriving their own country of Nepal the economic benefit of the British pensions they have been already rewarded with.
The Gurkhas have and are being well looked after – we are so short of money and resources I wish I could say the same thing for our own people and soldiers, millions of us having been killed in two world wars and more still being killed and maimed today. I think the simpletons are the ones who starve their own to feed others and on borrowed money t’boot!
Of course Gurkhas have the right to live here; Brown and Lumley made it possible along with the rest of the world, it seems. Nobody is denying the right for anybody to have an opinion. No need for me to apologise to the Gurkhas! Nothing to apologise for. They have got everything they want and more besides in fact! Free education, free NHS, welfare benefits etc. Nobody denies the bravery of the Gurkhas, similar to the bravery of our soldiers and others around the world; it is something of a myth that has built up over the years to single them out for special attention.
It should be remembered that unlike our own conscripted soldiers in past wars, the Gurkhas were and are still volunteers. Some have called them mercenaries. Nobody has forced them to join our British Army, although the Army valued their experience of the terrain in places such as Burma.
The Gurkhas train in Nepal from a young age in order to try to qualify for the British Army. This opportunity gives them the “window” for a career, far more fulfilling that anything available in their own country of Nepal. That is why, particularly in view of the UK’s degrading circumstances, we have more than done our duty to them, and many millions of others around the world, and there are those that still want to blow us up!
By the way, my name is spelt “en” and not “an” and is traceable in our country 1100 years back. I also fought for my country.
Douglas J Wathen,
Salford Priors, Nr Evesham.