Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Gurkha vote success

Alix Mortimer has the story here. The success of Nick Clegg's motion does not in itself guarantee a U-turn by the government, but there are signs of a relaxation of their hard line, albeit on a case-by-case basis. It seems that Gurkhas and their supporters will succeed if they keep the pressure up, but only if they do so.

There was one sickening note: David Cameron posing with Joanna Lumley for the evening television news as if it had been the Conservatives who had driven the campaign for Gurkha justice in the House of Commons. Nor (so far) has there been an acknowledgment by the Tories that they did nothing while they were in office.

Let us also remember that, before Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown did much to raise awareness in this area.

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