Ramon Tikaram the Actor
A letter received today from Ramon Tikaram the actor showing his support for Bale
Dear Mr. Baleiwai,
I was very sorry to hear the details of the deportation order being applied in your case.
In the first instance it seems unconscionable to me that the UKBA has no facility or has been unwilling to a make a distinction between a criminal conviction and a military disciplinary order. That the special case of soldiers who have seen combat (in your case, five separate theatres of conflict) in the name of British national security has no bearing on a citizenship application seems to me to be utterly ludicrous.
Secondly, I find it difficult to understand why there is no impulse within law and policy to keep a family unit (namely yourself, your British wife and your two British children) viable in this country. Based on what appears to be a minor technicality, this disregard for the family unit seems singularly callous - I can not even begin to imagine what you and your family must be going through.
Finally I just wanted to say that I grew up as the son of a Fijian soldier in the British army. The Fijian community was always a warm, vibrant, friendly and generous environment to be part of and that sentiment was no more highly expressed than by the Brits my father served with themselves - it's a relationship going back over fifty years and one which, from what I can gather, you have helped contribute to. For this reason alone, I urge all the authorities concerned to consider reversing their current decision.
Wishing you all support and success with your campaign,