The Coalition is dedicated to persecuting the sick and disabled, and now Milliband says Labour will cuddle up to the “squeezed middle” of society. Great, they don’t give a shit about us either.
There is the possibility of support from the unions, as Unite’s Len McCluskey’s ‘alliance of resistance’ speech hits the news, aimed at forcing the government to step back from plans to ‘decimate the very fabric of the welfare state’.
You know, this might actually work. The sick and disabled have no power – hell, that’s why we’re being trashed, we’re an easy target – but considering the number of disability benefit claimants, very many trade union members will have a family member, and/or a friend, who is directly affected, and they should also bear in mind that, should they become unable to work in their turn, they’ll also be plunged into the same crap.
It’s in their interests, then, to support those who cannot support themselves in this battle. After all, as I’ve just said on Twitter, if we were to demonstrate on our own behalf – those who are physically capable, anyway – there is a very real risk that we would promptly have our claims reviewed – adversely!
So if McLuskey means what he says, it is surely sensible for other unions to pledge their support to him, and to the sick and disabled of this country. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also to protect the interests of those members who might become unable to work in the future.
The only question is, will the unions, in general, realise that each and every member really does have a dog in this fight?
Leaving the sick and disabled unsupported, at this time, will simply be making things harder for those who are currently working but, in their turn, also become sick and disabled.
Support us now, and improve the future prospects of your own members; don’t, and many of you will eventually share our misery and increasing poverty – it really is that simple.
See also this very important post.