I am happy to see that the Government was defeated in the Commons today and that the Gurkha's will likely now be allowed to settle in the UK.
My position on this is clear-cut. If you are prepared to defend, potentially with your life the UK, through membership of our armed forces there should be no question, at all, that that risk and sacrifice should be met at a minimum, with residency for in this land you are fighting to protect.
If the Government is worried about the cost and numbers of these people settling here then they should get on the phone to the EU and tell them we are shutting the borders. If we can allow the huddled masses and the poverty class workers from all over Eastern Europe and welcome them with open arms into the most generous benefit system from most warm and accepting people in Europe; then these brave Gurkha's and their families should be allowed to live here - and there should be no question of this.
Why is it that preachers of hate and criminals from abroad automatically have less chance of being thrown out of the UK, than brave individuals who are prepared to train hard, and put their bodies between us and danger? Is this right?