The mother of crippled paratrooper Ben Parkinson hit out after an Iraqi teenager was paid £2million for being left paralysed by a stray British bullet.It's a classic contrived tabloid story. Obviously the Mail asked who it could find to be resentful of a large compensation payment to a foreigner. But in the circumstances, Diane Dernie wasn't particularly resentful:
"It's not that we don't think that anyone deserves compensation if they are shot, but it's hard to see why the Ministry of Defence can give all this money to nonmilitary personnel yet doesn't see fit to look after its own.
"As time goes on, we at the sharp end can see how little the £285,000 will stretch."