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13 Aug 21 00:37
Date Joined: 13 Mar 08
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Sign the petition and help get justice for our Gurkhas.
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Report LoyalHoncho August 13, 2021 12:52 AM BST
So we will.  On your say so. Laugh
The Gurkhas, like the rest of (still in many cases unrecognised ) Commonwealth troops, deserve respect, for fighting for the King and Country they recognised.  Sadly, they have found out what that means in real terms - afterwards - just like everyone else before them, and since.  But then it was always thus.  QE1 left all her injured, infected, ill, burned, maimed and otherwise desperately in need of assistance, Armada defeating hero sailors to languish and die in the misery and squalor of lower decks in 1588.  Wellington despised his troops calling them the scum of the earth.  I don't suppose much has changed.  Great guys when they set out, forgotten immediately afterwards.
Report akabula August 13, 2021 12:59 AM BST
Honch you don't half talk some chyte.
Report Whisperingdeath August 13, 2021 1:24 PM BST
Not really. He tells it how it is.
Report wellinformed August 17, 2021 10:08 AM BST
I've signed it. Thanks. Hope members can sign it, I believe it's now day 11 of the hunger strike, and another 19,000 signatures to get a   debate in parliament. In short, the Gurkhas are fighting for equal pension rights for pre 1997 ex-Gurkhas. They were being discharged at £47 a month after at least 15 years minimum service, some as low as £20 a month. It's a joke. Every signature counts, thanks you
Report akabula August 17, 2021 10:12 AM BST
This is a disgrace and needs to be addressed.
Been an ongoing issue for years
Joanna Lumley has long been in their corner and joined them in their protest.
Report wellinformed August 17, 2021 10:31 PM BST
One out of three of the hunger strikers has now been hospitalised. We need another 15,000k signatures to get the Gurkhas plight to a debate at the Houses of Parliament. Come on..
Report lapsy pa August 18, 2021 1:36 PM BST
The Nepalese PM down on his knees begging the UK for some vaccines a couple of months ago,none given,you think they care?
Report wellinformed August 18, 2021 4:13 PM BST
@lapsy pa - separate issue. They rather Gurkha recruitment ended. However, Gurkha recruitment is an expandable army that would be big blow to UK forces. Anyway, 8500 signatures to go, come one Betfair members..
Report lapsy pa August 18, 2021 4:20 PM BST
As of 6th July 63 approx ex British Gurkhas died of covid in Nepal, it is a different issue granted but the not giving even a token amount for the very vulnerable speaks volumes.
Good luck with the petition,a hunger strike is a last resort and shows the depth of feeling.
Report wellinformed August 19, 2021 10:46 AM BST
"even a token amount for the very vulnerable speaks volumes" - do you think the government operates in this space? They only want political gains and maintain power.

And thanks for your support. Just 3000 to go, if anyone hasn't signed the petition, sign it right now.
Report wellinformed August 19, 2021 5:11 PM BST
hunger strike is now over.
Report akabula August 19, 2021 11:52 PM BST
Yes, I see that the government have agreed to talks over their pensions.
Not before time and hopefully the Gurkhas will get full pension rights.
Report LoyalHoncho August 20, 2021 1:28 AM BST
How can you/anyone be ex British without a referendum?
lapsy pa      18 Aug 21 15:20
Report akabula August 20, 2021 8:14 AM BST
Whats a referendum got to do with it Honcho?
I bet you think that because we are out of the EU we aint European any more.
Report lapsy pa August 20, 2021 8:34 AM BST
Bad English on my part Loyal Honcho ex/retired Gurkhas is what i was saying.
Report LoyalHoncho August 20, 2021 8:46 PM BST
Thank you lapsyYou understand and have my respect for that understanding ans also your ever present courtesy..
Report lapsy pa August 20, 2021 10:48 PM BST
Thanks LH,very nice from you,i agreed in the main with your 1st post in the thread,it was subsequently rubbished in the next post but the fact that this government seem to currently be trying to rectify it is to their credit(though caught by the balls can be argued)Still it seems to be happening which is good.
The current situation with Afganistan is probably the same,no doubt 'helpers' were promised the earth and get zilch, if i threw in 'use and abuse' would it be fair/true? There is a God given right to fookall these days and thankfully times moved on.
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