Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This Sick Labour Government

If there is one story that epitomises the vile nature of this Government then it is surely this one. They go rampaging into foreign countries when they feel like it, sending our soldiers to death, many because they are poorly equipped, then treat the injured like pariahs.

The Government is launching an appeal over two soldiers who won massive increases in compensation paid for injuries.

Light Dragoon Anthony Duncan, who now walks with crutches after being shot while on patrol in Iraq, was originally awarded £9,250 which was increased to £46,000 by an appeal tribunal.

Royal Marine Matthew McWilliams fractured his thigh in a military exercise and was awarded £8,250, increased to £28,750 on appeal.

The High Court upheld the higher awards, ruling that the Ministry of Defence argument that there should be a distinction between the original injury and later complications was "absurd".

Now the MoD is taking the case to the Court of Appeal, where lawyers are expected to claim the pair should be compensated only for the initial injuries and not subsequent health problems.

It is being heard as the death toll in Afghanistan continues to rise, with a British soldier becoming the 20th to die this month.

Since the start of operations in 2001, 189 British service personnel have been killed.

And to think, over 6,000 people in Norwich North still voted for the Labour Party. Makes you wonder.

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