Apparently it seems that the designers of Unity operates under the current logic:
If a user types 'gimp' into the launcher this means
A: If Gimp is not running:
The user wants to start gimp.
B: If Gimp is already running:
the user wants to see the gimp-icon in the launcher wiggle for a couple of seconds. The user is not at all interested in switching to the Gimp - nope - that's not why the user typed Gimp. Typing Gimp means: Let me see a wiggling Gimp-icon!
However - I'm an old-fashioned kinda' guy. When I type 'Gimp' into a launcher it means that I would like to actually USE Gimp!
Is there a way to tell unity to bring Gimp (or any other application) to the front with focus as a response to me typing 'Gimp' (or any other application name) in the launcher?