February 10th, 2010

Worthy Causes

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I’ve long been a critic of the current UK compensation culture which sees it as acceptable to get a squillion pounds for being called a rude name in an office in London but only 50 pence for getting your leg blown off in a battlefield in Afghanistan.

So it was good to hear that the government want more votes, er, are redressing a tiny part of the balance, by awarding our injured troops with a bit more cash.

Extra compensation awards for injured soldiers would be backdated to all those injured since 2005 & could mean a payout of some £30million in backdated compo, or about 60 people’s worth of having your tits groped by the photocopier.

The Defence Secretary announced that it was merely instituting a system to offer “fair & just” compensation. Strange that until now it had to be taken to court or subjected to intense media criticism before upping previous offers of compensation to make them a little more ‘fair & just’.

Nothing to do with an up-coming election & the need for as many votes as it can get, I’m sure.

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  1. Hogday says:

    Nothing like being backed into a corner with a gun to your head and your balls in a vice to make someone suddenly see reason. It just seems that when it comes to a government, you need a very tight corner and a big gun (as most of them don’t seem to have any balls anyway)

    February 11th, 2010 at 11:15

  2. Fee says:

    Injured Services personnel are the one exception I’d make in the whole compensation issue. Most claimants are just after a fast buck and should really be told to grow a backbone, but someone who’s lost a limb, for example, should be fairly compensated. It’s not like they could have prevented what happened unlike the numpties on the TV ads who “climbed the wrong ladder” or didn’t look where they were going.

    February 11th, 2010 at 13:39

  3. Tony F says:

    It’s ok to fight for Queen and Country, get injured in the line of duty and then get bugger all, when all you have to do is sign on every week, cos you have a bad back innit…..

    Fee, you have a point there. If you are doing works in the street, and someone falls in the hole you have dug, even if you have carried out the signing and guarding correctly the chances are you will still be successfully sued. I was working at height last month. Bollards, signs, and everything. But because it was too difficult for some fools, my signs etc were moved by some twat, to save them walking around my manlift. Of course, everyone else and it’s dog decided that walking under someone who may drop 50lbs of almost solid metal was a good idea. FFS.

    February 11th, 2010 at 18:01

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Tony F. Good point. I think it`s a side-effect of the nanny state, compensation culture and health and safety all together that has made people less aware of their surroundings instead of more aware.

    People nowadays don`t have the common-sense to watch out for themselves and look where they are going. I see it with motorists too.

    I fully expect dizzy 11 year-old girls at the pavements edge to hop up and down clutching each other and giggling before launching themselves out in front of my car.

    But now we have grown adults who actively look for things to fall over or into so they can sue someone. Mental.

    February 11th, 2010 at 20:51

  5. bill says:

    “But now we have grown adults who actively look for things to fall over or into so they can sue someone. Mental.”

    Reminds me of that episode in “Only Fools and Horses” where Uncle Albert kept chucking himself down pub cellars, for the compo.

    February 11th, 2010 at 21:33

  6. Ambulance Amateur says:

    Instructive that Help for Heroes, with the help of the public, has managed to raise £40m in 28 months. More power to their collective elbow, and to that of the Legion. (I’m wearing a HfH lanyard at the moment.)

    It somehow puts the government’s £30m into context when it’s beaten by a relatively new charity.

    February 11th, 2010 at 22:14

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