Way off target

Last week I wrote about Royal Marines, facing bullets in the notorious Helmand province of Afghanistan, who are not to be given the £3,000 they were promised for service in an overseas war zone due to an error by Royal Navy administrators.

Last week I wrote about Royal Marines, facing bullets in the notorious Helmand province of Afghanistan, who are not to be given the £3,000 they were promised for service in an overseas war zone due to an error by Royal Navy administrators.

Their officers called it "another kick in the teeth" and "absolutely devastating to morale".

This week, we learn that those same administrators have been paid £141m in bonuses in the last four years.

Sickened? Wait until you read the MoD statement which says the bonuses were paid as "incentives for civil servants to go the extra mile in their vital work ..."

"Their vital work".

By comparison with risking life and limb, it looks small beer to me.

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