This book tells the compelling story of the Gurkha Justice Campaign. GURKHA charts how it started from humble origins to becoming the campaign sensation of the year. Finally successful, it famously put right a historical wrong, brought a measure of honour back to contemporary politics, and gave justice to some of our truest friends. It was a campaign that in turn made and broke political reputations.
At times heartbreaking and at others funny, this is a story that re-affirms faith in human nature; a spell binding account of how a lowly local politician, a firm of dedicated lawyers and a much loved actress overturned the policy of Her Majesty's government in spectacular style.
GURKHA reaffirms the belief that when good minded people do good things good things happen as a result. For anyone disillusioned or jaded by life, this book shows that the incredible can be achieved. For those feeling that democracy and politics can't deliver - this is at least one shining example of our country and its institutions at its best.
There have been few campaigns in living memory which have stirred the British public as much as the battle for justice for the Gurkhas. The campaign against the Labour Government to claim the Gurkhas rightful place, living in the heart of the democracy they fought and many died for.
Peter Carroll led the campaign which brought the Labour Government its first defeat in power, the campaign which embarrassed cabinet members and brought Joanna Lumley her finest hour in British politics. The campaign was also the first time David Cameron and Nick Clegg united to fight Labour.
The book charts the late night strategy meetings, the battles in Downing St, the revelation that Peter and Joanna Lumley had discussed standing against the incumbent Prime Minister as the startling last card power play in the campaign that fought for justice.
The book has a moving and personal introduction from Joanna Lumley, with deep insights to the machinations of the corridors of power, intrigue, injustice and justice.
Gurkha sets out the incredible intense whirlwind of lobbying, campaigning and sheer bloody mindedness that made up the Gurkha Justice Campaign. It seems fitting that the characteristics of the campaign led by Peter Carroll matched those of the brave men and women he was fighting for.
Peter Carroll says:
"It isn't possible to overstate our determination to use every possible legitimate means to win for the Gurkhas.
"By early May 2009 we even had an outline plan for our 'nuclear' option; that we would stand Joanna in the next general election against the Prime Minister in his own seat on the single issue of the right of retired Gurkhas to live in Britain."Buy your copy of "Gurkha" by Peter Carroll online now.