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Sun, May. 1st, 2011, 09:35 am
tig_b: Blogging against Disablism Day, UK, 2011

I have been horrified by the language, the misuse of information and the scapegoating of disabled people in our country.

They say we are not 'sustainable'; imply we caused the economic crash.

They speak of us sharing the burden of cuts, as if we are not already affected more than many by the other cuts.

They tell of the 'scoungers', with big headlines, ignoring the fact that we have the lowest level of fraud of all benefits.

They talk of the 'deserving' sick, excluding people who need help regardless of how they got there.

They use a system discredited by its creator to 'prove' we are liars, putting us through misery and fear of poverty.

They misuse the data from that system to 'show' that we claim when we are not sick.

They state we don't contribute, yet many of us work or have worked.

They encourage hate crime against us.

Apparently the Big Society doesn't include us?

Sun, May. 1st, 2011 10:48 am (UTC)

I have yet to meet anyone who *wants* to be part of the so-called Big Society. Then again, what do you expect after 20 years of Thatcherism-style consumerism?

Sun, May. 1st, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)

I couldn't agree more. The whole thing sickens me, regardless of which particular benefit "they" are railing against. I'll never comprehend those who seem to think that all those on any sort of benefit are cheats, frauds, lazy, etc; that they deserve to descend into poverty rather than live in a civilized society where some bare minimum is maintained for all.

With regard to "They state we don't contribute, yet many of us work or have worked":
Working at an ordinary paying job isn't the only way to contribute. One thing that really angers me and never will make sense to me is the prohibition on volunteering for those on disability*. The only argument for it I've heard is "If you can volunteer, you can work," but that holds no water! I suspect many disabled people have bad days and good days; perhaps they'd like to contribute on their good days. Trouble is, they don't know which is which until the day arrives. An ordinary job won't - can't - put up with that sort of uncertainty; a volunteer organization can plan around it, though, if they want to.

* Assuming I've been correctly informed.

Argh, the whole situation is wretched. I'd like to cast all the naysayers into NEED, so that they might see. If possible, I'd cast them there through "fault of their own" so they may see how circumstances can twist to cause that.

One question, though - "They use a system discredited by its creator to 'prove' we are liars" - what system? What creator? I don't know this reference.

Sun, May. 1st, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)

Thank you

The system - the work capability assessment.

and I would include voluntary jobs and child-rearing as work.