I don’t normally read the News of the World but this story was highlighted to me by Charles at work (he of “What I have learned from Charles” fame).
I am not going to decry the work done by administrators in the military, simple things like pay, allowances, rations etc are of huge importance and the front line troops can’t do their job without admin support. But to hear that a typist gets nearly £500,000 compensation for getting a typing related injury makes me rather angry. Particularly when you compare it with the insultingly small sums that properly injured service personnel get.
This extract from the NOTW sums it up rather well.
Jerome Church, secretary of the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association, said last night: “It would be laughable if it wasn’t so totally outrageous. If you can get half a million for tapping on one of the Queen’s typewriters, that’s many times what you’d get for being crippled fighting the Queen’s enemies. Hearing about this would certainly upset the soldiers coming back from war zones with serious injuries.”
Badly-injured TA Corporal Scott Garthley, 39, from Northampton, was a £75,000-a-year bank executive before the 2003 Iraq war—but now he is unable to work and is
struggling to survive on a war pension of just £70 (a week).
If anyone out in blogging-world can persuade me that service personnel are not chronically under valued I would love to hear it.