Commonwealth recruits to the British forces can claim citizenship after four years’ service.
But a Sunday Telegraph investigation has found that a growing number are being refused it. Unable to work or claim benefits, they and their families rely on charity handouts to survive.
Yes, there are rules. Yes, some of them have broken some of them.
Lance-Corporal Bale Balewai, a Fijian, served for 13 years in the Army, including operational tours to Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, winning four medals, exemplary reports from his commanding officers and even being used in recruitment adverts.
He has a British wife and children. But he has been refused citizenship, banned from working, and faces imminent removal – because he once accepted a commanding officer’s punishment after getting into a fight with another soldier.
The punishment was imposed at a military summary hearing in the CO’s office lasting ten minutes. L/Cpl Balewai had no legal representation.
No witnesses were called and he was not told that five other soldiers were prepared to testify that he had acted in self-defence.
However, for immigration purposes, a military summary punishment counts the same as a criminal conviction in a civilian court, disqualifying the applicant from citizenship.
Give over you fucking tosspots.
We\’ll have a much more pleasant land once we\’ve hung the last Home Office Minister with the intestines of the last Home Office bureaucrat.