Friday, 16 January 2009
How much do you love us?
Britain's love affair with the Gurkhas is well-known. The Gurkhas have been a permanent fixture in the British army ever since 1815 and tales of their bravery are legion. However, Gurkha soldiers in the British army were always paid less than their British counterparts. On retirement, they were expected to retire in Nepal where they were paid a much lower pension than the average British soldier. After many court battles, Gurkhas got the right to settle in the UK and receive the same pension as other British soldiers. In doing so, have the Gurkhas made themselves unaffordable for the British army? Will the British army retain the Gurkhas even if it costs them a lot more?