Both Bill Olner and Mike ‘O’ Brien MP (Bedworth & North Warwickshire), both Labour, are against the settlement of ex-Ghurkha regiment soldiers and their families settling within this country upon their retirement.
I wonder why?
‘We are all the same’ is one of their core beliefs, ‘one world without borders’ is their party aim and ‘come all ye unfaithful’ must be their favourite hymn.
I find his ideological argument from the Nuneaton News of 27th March 2008 confusing as well. MP Mike ‘O’ Brien said: -
"Everyone sympathises with the Gurkha veterans, who have served the Crown. We owe them a debt, but this issue is complicated by the situation in Nepal."
The pensions minister added: "I have been to Katmandu where I discussed British recruitment of Gurkhas with ministers, including the then Prime Minister of Nepal.
"This mountainous country is among the poorest in the world and Britain recruits its best and brightest young men for our army.
"But villages and families often rely on the Gurkhas returning home with their skills and their pension to spend in Nepal.
"If at the end of their service the men remain in the UK, then the best and brightest of their men, their skills and their pension money do not benefit Nepal."
This is a minister from the very same government which regularly strips Asian and African countries of their own health professionals because it is cheaper than training and paying our own people for the job.
Hypocrisy of the highest order!
To be honest exactly what I expect from a pair of Labour party members of parliament.