Nuclear test veterans win war pensions after four year battle with Ministry of Defence
By Susie Boniface
12 May 2013 10:11
The ruling is the first time UK nuke vets have been awarded money in recognition of their illnesses
Survivors of Britain’s nuclear tests have won war pensions after a four-year fight with the Ministry of Defence.
A judge ruled this week that men ordered into the fallout zone were injured by radiation in the 1950s and 60s.
The ruling is the first time UK nuke vets have been awarded money in recognition of their illnesses.
They say radiation left them with cancers, rare illnesses and birth defects in their children.
It opens the door for remaining veterans, now thought to number less than 3,000, to finally claim against the government that ordered them into danger.
Their long running battle for compensation has so far been unsuccessful.
The war pensions, linked to injuries, are seen as recognition that some veterans are due money for their suffering.
“We didn’t stop fighting on the battlefield and we shouldn’t stop fighting now,” said Nick Simons, 70, after winning his case.
He believes the MoD has paid out only to avoid releasing secret medical papers.
“If enough of us win a pension perhaps they will finally say sorry,” he added.
Adelaide University, in contrast, in 2006 found that although Australia’s nuclear veterans suffer a much higher risk of cancers (many types, varying in increased risk from very greatly enhanced risk to obscenely greatly enhanced risk, and the August instituion, with pay from the Australian government, fulfilled its monetary duty by also finding that the cause of the greatly increased risk of cancers among the nuclear test survivors was “unknown”, but they theorised, for lack of creative ideas, petrol fumes in the desert was the cause, for, they wrote, the cause could not possibly be the events which caused the men to form a cohort in the first instance, ie, nuclear testing. I guess that makes anyone who stands on the intersection of King William St and North Tce, Adelaide, the equivalent of a nuclear veteran in the eyes of August learned gentlemen and woman.
Which actually does not work because such exposures to benzene are normal for the control group which suffers greatly reduced risk from cancer than nuclear veterans. Go figure.
A few months after the publication of the Nuclear Veterans Health survey results, in which arithmetic experts at Adelaide University blamed everything but nuclear testing for the very great risk of cancer suffered by Australian Nuclear Veterans, the then Prime Minister, John Howard, proposed the construction of Australia’s first nuclear power plant.
He got turfed out of office. Sufficient Australians still remember the truth.
Don’t forget people.
The Veterans can’t forget.
Many died at the time and shortly thereafter.
Shove it up your arse Barry B.