It goes without saying that the government ruling on the Gurkhas’ rights (or not) to live in the UK is a shameful slap in the face to men who served the country with the utmost valour. My dad served with the Gurkhas. Gurkha soldiers helped teach me to ride as a child, one of them even running alongside me during the Hong Kong Pony Club sack race as, aged 8, I struggled with my hot-blooded Nepalese mount. These men are not only brave they are immensely warm, kind and generous. If only the British government could return the compliment.
I’ll leave it to David Enright, a Londonderry solicitor who won a legal battle for two Gurhkas decorated with the Victoria Cross, to express the indignation I and many others feel over this disgraceful decision: