Sunday, February 17, 2008

Britain: Gurkha restaurant told it cannot fly the Gurkha flag

But the Russian or Chinese flag would be fine! Gurkhas are mountain tribesmen from Nepal (North of India) who have served with distinction in the British army for 200 years. They are generally highly esteemed in Britain for their courage and loyalty to Britain. So it should be noted that the flag concerned is the flag of a BRITISH regiment! This really is a quite grievous insult.

"A former Gurkha has been banned from flying the regiment's flag from his Nepalese restaurant, but he has been told he can hoist the colours of the European Union.

Asbahadur Gurung, whose family served in the Army for 70 years, wanted to display his former regiment's colours above his restaurant, called The Gurkha. Council officials said the green and white flag was a form of advertising and refused him permission. But they advised him that he did not need permission to run up the flag of any country, the UN or the EU

The decision has angered Mr Gurung, whose father Mambahadur fought in the Battle of Kohima in Burma in the Second World War. "I was proud to serve the British Army for 28 years as was my father before me," he said. "We know the British people have a great respect for the Gurkhas and we thought a lot of people would appreciate the regiment flag."

Mr Gurung, 70, spent 28 years in the Queen's Gurkha Signals, eventually reaching the rank of captain. He added: "Our restaurant is called The Gurkha so we thought it would be quite appropriate to fly our flag. I don't understand what the problem is. It is not very good. I don't want to fly another flag or the EU flag - I didn't fight for the EU." ...

The local parish council had no problem with the flags and there were no complaints from local residents. But Purbeck council viewed the Gurkha flag as a form of advertising


Just some horrible Leftist pacifism at work, one imagines. It is absurd to call the flag advertising. It is a mark of justifiable pride. And Gurkha food is brilliant!