Not sure I understand your point. It seems to have been the Lords' judgement which rightly or wrongly introduced the funding consideration. A fuller quote from the BBC article reads:
Lord Hoffmann said the case's subtext was funding - the UK may have had to pay for rebuilding their community.
He said the Chagossians had understandably "shown no inclination to return to live Crusoe-like in poor and barren conditions of life".
And in light of this, he said Foreign Secretary David Miliband was "entitled to take into account" the possibility the Chagossians would call on the UK to support "the economic, social and educational advancement' of the residents".
b) A very unpleasant case. Exactly the sort of behaviour the British Army is meant to stand up against. We (the UK) will pour benefits down the throats of millions of mongs who have no intention of ever holding a job down, fund 'millenium domes' and 'cultural events', buit won't allocate a (relative) pittance to right a wrong against living people. Disgrace.
The main island (the one you see on the telly) has a highest point of 12M, I've stood on it and personally it seems a lot closer to the water than that. The "beaches" on the ocean side of the atoll have receded almost completely in the last 20 years and in at least one place it is only one decent storm from becoming two islands permanently. The ocean is over 7500' deep less than half a mile from the shore line on all sides so waves break with some force.
The smaller islands are even less viable.
It is not another maldives or seychelles awaiting exploitation. There is not a lot of room and it is a five hour trip by jet to the nearest decent hospital, hence the very low speed limit that lets the (UK) navy plod regularly fine cyclists for exceeding the speed limit.
On the other hand it has the makings of a jolly nice posting.
What struck me immediately was that the grounds for over-ruling this decision seemed to be that Orders in Privy Council are not subject to judicial review. Or, to put it another way, the Government of the day has a magic wand it can wave any time they don't want their decisions to be held to account.
There was a word, began with 'd', quite important at one point. Oooh, demo-something. Tip of me tongue...
Went snorkelling, saw a big fish, got really pissed and tried to cop off with a Yank chick (failed), went to the PX and bought some tat, ate a really nice roast pork roll and walked back to the ship in flip flops because I missed the last bus.
Pretty good run ashore really, wouldn't want to stay for more than a few days though.
very shoddy deal tried an even worse deal re the Falklands and didn't get away with it.
people want to live in out of the way shit holes let them haven't rounded up 2000 islanders and dumped in crawely would save a lot of cash