Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Within the last hour we have seen a landmark victory for justice in the House of Commons. On a Liberal Democrat motion the House of Commons voted by a majority of more than twenty to reject the Government's mean-minded response to the Gurkhas and instead to give - in the words of Nick Clegg - "the right for people who are willing to die for this country the right to live in this country". Given that the Government normally has a majority of more than sixty votes, this shows the strength of anger at the inadequate government response on this issue. Earlier in the day at Prime Minister's Questions, Gordon Brown argued that we couldn't afford justice for the Gurkhas. But when you think of some of the things that the Government spends our money on, this simply doesn't wash. It was great to be able to come out of the Houses of Parliament after the vote to celebrate with Gurkha campaigners who had gathered across the road. Now the Government needs to respond swiftly to the will of Parliament and make sure that these brave soldiers are given the dignity that they deserve.