I have campaigned for some years now and since the Condems got in, more so, as the austerity measures they put into action are hitting those who are the hardest hit-THE POOREST in society!
Never before have I come across such a movement in my lifetime that has been so willing to risk everything they have got, to make a better future for all those affected by this governments cuts and I have met some fantastic dedicated campaigners along the way who are regardless of their own ill-health and disabilities and personal circumstances (that many have little clue of behind the scenes), as the tireless tirade of media rhetoric, government rhetoric of hatred that has spewed from the mouths of those who can change the course of people’s lives at the drop of a hat, and in many circumstances cause indirectly the deaths of so many without redress.
One thing I have noticed of late is the ugly head of mistrust of those making a difference-the campaigners! They are attacked by their own as well as by this government, where Disabilism is rife and a hierarchy where those being oppressed oppress others by sitting as judge and jury about neighbours, or other people within the movement which I will call ‘the deserving and not deserving’ culture which sickens me to my stomach. We are not doctors or assessors we cannot tell whether someone’s circumstances warranty their awards or not! For one it isn’t any our business either!
The other thing I have noticed is that the inherent racism that breeds like a plague which only serves to distract from the focus of the campaign as a whole, and divides us even more just as this government wants. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t a deliberate ploy by paid flunky’s to infiltrate the movement just like they did with the miners.
We have to stand together as one, each group has a different approach but the goal is the ‘same’ to scrap the WCA and start again, as this assessment is so flawed it is causing more pain and suffering to those who have to go through this awful test while not saving the money this government had hoped for , in fact it costing them more as flaw after flaw is exposed and money is wasted so shamelessly while they tweak it which just causes more issues because from the beginning it wasn’t thought through and managed correctly.
The many groups who are there for support have thousands of members and help and advice is there for all who are in need, administrated by those who freely give their time while being disabled themselves to help their fellows to help themselves in this god awful mess that has been thrust upon us all. However some among us are only there to disrupt and cause mischief which is what irritates me the most, it like a scratch you cannot itch, but most of all it’s done in such an underhand cowardly way.
My message to those individuals is STOP because many campaigners are now having to involve the police due to threats and general insulting behaviour and ‘isms ‘ that they send via text, private messages, email or in some cases online in social networks and in some cases death threats are made and these are being taken very seriously by the police so be warned . Many are considering naming and shaming those who do such things, which I don’t agree with personally as it makes another victim due to someone’s ignorance etc.
It saddens me to my core that the divide and rule of some, affect so many, and make their lives more miserable than they already are when struggling to deal with the day-to-day onslaught of the ill-health & disabilities they suffer and the flawed assessments imposed by this government, without turning on each other which is exactly what mostly happens in times when extreme hardship comes to bear upon us.
Those campaigners are doing it because they ‘care’ passionately about getting things right for the ‘many’ not the few. Who work tirelessly behind the scenes for the betterment of all as well as administer groups and pages when possible, help fill in forms or show you where you can get the right help.
So please I ask you all support these people in their efforts and stop attacking them just because you have a different viewpoint or method of doing things, it serves no purpose except to hold back what we all dearly want –to bring about changes to a fair playing field for all and stop many more dying as a consequence.