London, Oct. 9: Seven former Gurkhas have failed in a renewed claim that the British army discriminated against them in terms of pay, pensions and conditions of service, The Daily Telegraph reports.
The court of appeal in London dismissed a test case challenge against a High Court ruling that the ministry of defence had not treated them unlawfully.
Lords Justices Simon Brown, Chadwick and Rix had been told by Nicholas Blake, lawyer for the Gurkhas: “These men put their lives at risk for the crown for a considerable number of years. Once you are facing the same risks, you must receive the same rewards.”
The Gurkhas claimed that large differences in pension entitlements and pay during leave and restrictions on accompaniment by wives and family breached human rights laws and the Race Relations Act.
London (Reuters): Former Beatle Paul McCartney was fooled by a radio presenter who called him on his mobile phone and pretended to be Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, a British newspaper said on Thursday. Montreal radio comic Marc Audette, speaking English with a heavy French accent, told McCartney he was being awarded the Order of Canada, the Sun reported. Audette, of Canadian station CKOI, even invited McCartney, caught just before going on stage, and his wife Heather to dinner at the Prime Minister’s official residence. It was only when Audette broke cover after littering his conversation with Beatles lyrics that McCartney realised he had been “pranked”. McCartney told Audette “we’re going to sue your ass off”, but then laughed and said no when Audette asked whether he was being serious.
Boston (Reuters): A high-ranking Massachusetts legal regulator has been fined $10,000 for penning a pair of John Grisham-type thrillers on the taxpayer’s dime. Michael Fredrickson, general counsel to the Massachusetts state agency in charge of prosecuting lawyers for legal wrongdoing, spent “substantial time” at work writing and preparing his novels over the course of several years. In addition to writing A Cinderella Affidavit and Witness for the Dead while at work, Fredrickson asked his assistants to perform novel-related tasks. In his defence, Fredrickson argued that the time he spent working on the thrillers at the office was offset by time spent at home doing official job-related work.