Dame Vera & Jackie Stewart accuse the MOD of Haggling


Vera Lynn attacks MoD 'haggling'
BBC News:
Some veterans say their illnesses were derived from the 1990-91 conflict
Wartime "forces sweetheart" Dame Vera Lynn has branded the "endless" legal wrangling over payments to veterans of the first Gulf War a scandal.
Dame Vera and ex-Formula One champion Sir Jackie Stewart have written to Chancellor Gordon Brown accusing the Ministry of Defence of "haggling".

About 6,000 veterans say they are suffering from illnesses they claim derive from the 1990-91 conflict.

The Treasury said it has not received the letter and cannot comment.

'Honourable closure'

In their letter, Dame Vera and Sir Jackie say that the US Government readily acknowledges "a causal link between the conflict and the illnesses".

"But here, our veterans who fought shoulder to shoulder with US troops in liberating Kuwait have been subjected to endless and expensive legal haggling in courts and tribunals," the pair write.

"Moreover the Ministry of Defence refuses even to tell parliamentarians how much it has spent on legal costs, met by taxpayers".

They have called on Mr Brown to intervene personally "to bring this appalling state of affairs to an honourable closure".

Labour peer, Lord Morris of Manchester, the former minister for the disabled who, along with the Royal British Legion, supports this latest action; has called for the government to make ex-gratia payments to suffering veterans in settlement of the claims.

Lord Morris said: "US Gulf veterans say 'a nation that can't afford to act justly towards its veterans can't afford to go to war'".
Not really sure why Jackie Stewart has waded in with the old Dame, however well done to him and her. I wonder if the Gov is dragging it Arrse, over the money because it is looking at any future fallout from the present warfighting.


Not really sure why Jackie Stewart has waded in with the old Dame, however well done to him and her
Sir Jackie was just interviewed over the phone on BBC News 24. He employs a lot of ex Army of GW1 vintage and already has a profile with charities for the disabled. And he's well connected and a good egg to boot.


They are clearly both good Eggs;

I really hate this govenment(or is it just snakeheaded politicians, I'm not sure), I've just noticed another thread from todays sunday mirror, regarding medical treatment of the troops serving now. Everyone in parliament seems to be using them as a political football, but doing nothing to really help.

Its a sad state of affairs that we have to rely on Sir Jackie and Dame Vera to raise these issues, where the fcuk are all our political supporters with media clout. It disgusts me.
The longer they delay the more will pass away and the less they will have to pay. Cynical but look back in history and see how true it is.
Well done Dame Vera and Sir Jackie pity a few more 'Luvvies' haven't got the nessasary, to Openly Support They Who have Served.


jonwilly wrote

Well done Dame Vera and Sir Jackie pity a few more 'Luvvies'
Never thought of Sir Jackie Stewart as a 'luvvie' jw. Formula 1 World Champion - 1969, 1971, 1973, no Oscars no BAFTAs.

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