London Lite Thursday, 12 November 2009 Mydeadsoldier son earned just 17,000. He got no bonuses USAfghan envoysays nosurge mechanisms to protect troops from impro- vised explosive devices, for example. When they do that my understanding is they work 17, 18 hours in Afghanistan, he added. They dont get overtime for that -- they get a bonus to compensate. I think we need to find more detail about what MoD civil servants do, what they get the bonuses for, before you say this is unjustified. I wouldnt suggest that civil servants doing that very difficult and sometimes dangerous job should just be told, You dont get any extra reward for that. Graham Knight, whose 25-year-old son Ben died in Helmand in a Nimrod crash that was blamed on cost-cutting, said today that he was disgusted. I was stunned when I heard, he said. It beggars belief that youve got Gordon Brown standing up in Parliament one day complaining about bank bonuses, then you hear they are paying bonuses to MoD employees. Hazel Hunt, whose son Richard, a 21- year-old private, died in August, said at her home in Wales: I would take great exception to bonuses paid for exceptional performance. They are not delivering and it is obscene that they have bonuses while our troops are short-changed, not only in equipment but also in the fact that my son was barely on 17,000 a year. Phil Cooper -- whose son Jamie, then 18, received 200,000 compensation for injuries received in Iraq -- said it was disgusting that they can do this from the safety of their armchairs. Mr Cooper, 50, from Bristol, said the MoDs performance bonuses were unac- ceptable when troops were dying in Afghanistan and lacked equipment. He added: I find it ludicrous. It makes me angry that they are being paid to pat themselves on the back. The US ambassador in Kabul has argued against a surge of thousands more American troops to Afghanistan. Writing to the White house, Karl eikenberry expressed doubts about the competence and corruption of President Karzais government. The leaked cable was delivered as President Obama continued to delay his decision on how many more troops to deploy. E Continued from Page 1 Short-changed: Richard Hunt, 21, died in Afghanistan Jokebox......... Fast talkAn instant interviewwith... Felix Buxton Felix Buxton, 38, is one half of Basement Jaxx. their new album Scars is out now. Electro or techno? Both, though maybe Im more excited about techno at the moment, because the depth and rhythm seem to be returning. Three-course meal or a KFC bucket? I love food and enjoy it. Im not into fast food, Im into food thats good for you. Im lucky I grew up eating home-grown. Cinema or DVD? I love the cinema, I want to see 2012 or anything epic, based in the future. And I want a dark cinema -- I mean really dark. I hate it when the safety lights are too bright. UK grime or US hip hop? Im bored with American hip hop. Its all got a bit plastic and shallow. Big festivals or intimate club? Both. Festivals for the tribal coming together under the stars and listening to music outside. You cant beat it. Clubs are to dance, sweat, close your eyes and put your head in the speakers. Matt Drudge or Perez Hilton (left)? Im not really interested in celebrity gossip. Very few of these people inspire or elevate the world we live in. Bitching can be funny, but good wit can be hilarious. Scarred or scared? Scarred. A life lived in fear is a life half lived; accept your scars because they make you who you are. JOSEPH PATTERSON index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html56.html57.html58.html59.html