I did promise something new for today, but events have conspired to make that impossible – feeling too shitty, and too much to do on an already almost spoonless day (#spoonies).
However, this is a subject I’ve been writing about for quite some time, so I thought I could do worse than to recycle one of my posts from last year – it’s better than nothing, anyway. And, in light of the events of the past few days, worryingly apposite in parts:-
Chronically sick and disabled? The purge continues…
Originally published September 9, 2010
Benefits and Work is banging on about the government checking up on the spending habits of benefit claimants. I don’t see how.
People like me who, for example, bought wide-screen TVs while on IB (in my case with my overdraft!), will be in the records (you buy a TV, the store has to report it to the TV licensing people), but I really don’t see what else they can know about.
And if information about the spending habits of the public is recorded in detail, by whom is this being done, and on whose authority? Because if it is happening it’s a massive invasion of privacy.
B&W apparently discusses this at length on their website, but unfortunately, for a matter of such national importance, they’ve chosen to make it members only. Come on, guys, give us all a break…
Anyway, if I can spin out my benefit (though it’s my pension now, so that’s a worry less**), by living frugally, in order to have money for the occasional luxury, who’s to say that’s in any way wrong? Or any bugger’s business but mine. The money is mine to live on – there’s no law that says I can’t have a bit of enjoyment while doing so. Not yet, anyway, but give them time!
(**The DWP are going to review my IB entitlement next year – I wish them luck.)
This is the same misbegotten, deranged, “reasoning” that says people on benefit shouldn’t go out for a drink (though I’ve never seen anyone say they shouldn’t smoke, oddly enough). Before the Times disappeared behind its paywall, its comment sections featured members of the miserable bastard persuasion, fulminating about benefit claimants having the temerity to try and wring the smallest degree of pleasure from their lives. You can still see it in the Mail, and these people are dangerous.
They’re dangerous because they are the very people who are swallowing whole the coalition’s campaign of lies and disinformation concerning us, the chronically sick and disabled, because for the most part they have the intellect of an oyster. But they’ll still be spying on us, without the brains to know whether what they might see us doing is appropriate or not – so it’s odds-on they’ll plump for not.
However, substitute “Jew” or “Black,” or even “gay and lesbian” for sick and disabled, and Cameron, Osborne and Duncan Smith, plus the scumbags at the Times and Mail, would be hauled into court so fast it’d shake their fillings loose, because this is pure bigotry and persecution, hiding behind the façade of politics.
We are fast becoming the untermenschen of the 21st century.
And now, after the machinery has been set in motion to massively disrupt with our lives, Andrew Lansley is slipping it to the GPs, big time
The Department of Health has sidelined the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body until 2013 (why is this bunch of psychos so obsessed with 2013?), which effectively means that there is no review body representing the interests of GPs. Dentists too, of course, but we are more reliant on GPs, and we should, perhaps, be worried.
If GPs strike, we’re screwed – how will we get our meds for a start? And those claiming ESA and DLA would get no medical support for their claim.
Would GPs strike? Well, given the massive amount of work and responsibility that has been dumped in their laps of late – the removal of the DDRB ensuring that they can’t negotiate for more pay for the extra work, or for a change in conditions, or pretty much anything at all – I don’t see that they have a choice.