AS we all know, the MOD is trying to overturn compensation payments to British soldiers injured during the course of their duties. On the one hand, it's agreed that the initial payment on injury is fair now, or by civvy standards, it might be argued that it's more than fair. On the other hand, it's patently absurd that the MOD is arguing that complications and further treatment from those same injuries are not its bag. They, quite clearly ARE part of the original injury as they lead directly from it. It's also quite clear that there should be matching compensation for ongoing treatment or disablement that is on a par with that offered to civvies. So, to summarise, make the compo for injuries and subsequent complications/treatment match those of civvy street. However, the MOD is fighting this because these payments come out of its own funds. Here's what I propose: The government of the day is responsbile for starting wars. The government of the day is responsible for setting MOD budgets too. Thus, if a soldier is wounded in battle, it is down to the central government budget to compensate that soldier, not the MOD out of its budget. If a soldier is wounded in battle, most often due to insufficient manning and/or kit, then the government should pay, not out of the MOD budget, but from other budgets. This ring-fencing of the MOD budget might actually: A: Concentrate the minds of politicians about the true financial cost of war, even if the cost in lives is something it's uncaring of. B: Allow the MOD to use its own budget, not spent on compo to buy more and better kit, or increase manning levels, or improve forces accomodation, or do any number of things. Discuss.