Thursday, January 06, 2005

Blair's extraordinary patronising gaffe

Tony Blair faced acute embarrassment yesterday after his offer of a company of Gurkhas to help Indonesia cope with the effects of the tsunami disaster was immediately rejected.
The Gurkhas were the main force deployed by the British against Indonesian forces who tried to take over Brunei in the early 1960s, fighting off a series of incursions.

Mr Blair's gaffe was made worse by the fact that the troops on offer were from the 2nd Bn the Royal Gurkha Rifles, which, as a result of its service, is still funded by the Sultan of Brunei to defend his country.

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