UK ATOMIC TESTS VETERANS COMPENSATION

Here we are in 2016 and our UK veterans of the atomic bomb tests at Christmas Island and the test range at Maralinga in Australia,  have still not received a proper compensation package for the idiocy conceived by the UK government and civil servants of the 1950s.
Yes, David Cameron and his government  announced a £25 million package for disbursements to armed forces veterans including the atomic tests veterans to help in the care and medical costs for the remaining veterans – most have died without receiving a penny! But, they still have not received compensation for the wrongs they received serving the government and crown. Even the Isle of Man government has paid out compensation to the islanders involved. Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and United States have all paid out compensation and have an ongoing care provision for veterans and their families to cover medical and other costs. “The Royal British Legion had led calls for David Cameron to keep a promise he made in June to codify the covenant, the bond between a nation and its armed forces, into a legal document. But the coalition government has decided that the covenant can be covered in an annual report to parliament and does not need to be put onto the statute books.
Labour tried to get ministers to change their minds, and used an opposition day debate on the armed forces bill to demand a U-turn. This was defeated by 86 votes. Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, said: “This has been a bad week for our armed forces.
Soldiers have been sacked by email, RAF trainees sacked by media leak and now the government has broken its promise to enshrine the covenant in law.”

Extract from The Guardian,
Nick Hopkins
Thursday 17 February 2011 00.33 GMT
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I wonder why David Cameron and his political cronies objected to giving the Armed Forces a fair deal. His use of the LIBOR fund (fines paid by UK banks under the LIBOR scandal) to pay the odd amounts here and there but administered by – guess who? – that’s right, the Ministry of Defence, perhaps the most powerful government department in British history.
It is about time that everyone in the UK stood by our Armed Forces veterans – not just the young men who fought so valiantly and courageously in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the fathers and grand-fathers who fought and gave just as much during all the other wars   and   conflicts   in   the   UK’s   recent   history;   the      Falklands,
Malaysia, Borneo, Radfan, Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Suez, Vietnam, Korea and the little known actions elsewhere in the world. Pay the compensation that is due to veterans who were forced to obey “illegal” orders given by their superiors. Whether that was to expose yourself to an atomic blast, or other such idiocy – pay up now before the veterans die, or pay their descendants because they suffered too.

John Colclough
February 2016 modified October 2016

Theresa May supported Cameron and his Cabinet at the time

added October 2016

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