Yesterday I submitted an e-petition request which said:-
We call upon the government to compel Atos Healthcare to replace its current tick-box disability assessment system with one in which disabled claimants are properly assessed by qualified doctors as, indeed, was the case before Atos were appointed. The current system is demonstrably unfair and arbitrary.
Today I got a reply saying:-
Your e-petition “Put doctors back in charge of Atos assessments” hasn’t been accepted.
E-petitions cannot be used to request action on issues that are outside the responsibility of the government. This includes:
party political material
commercial endorsements including the promotion of any product, service or publication
issues that are dealt with by devolved bodies, eg The Scottish Parliament
correspondence on personal issues
All of which demonstrates a high degree of mendacity. What I suggested most certainly IS the responsibility of the government – they, in the form of Labour and James Purnell, fucked up the system in the first place, and Cameron and Co have made it vastly worse..
It is not party political in any way.
It clearly isn’t commercial.
It’s nothing to do with a devolved body.
Nor is it a personal issue – it potentially affects millions, now and in the future.
What it is, though, quite clearly, is an issue that this government does not want exposed to public scrutiny, or to the pressure of public opinion.
Not, to be honest, that I expected anything else. After all, this government has shown itself to be committed to the persecution of the chronically sick and disabled, at the instigation of David Cameron, aided and abetted by IDS, for motives at which we can only guess (not to mention being massively dishonest in their depiction of sick and disabled people), so there was never any way they were going to allow a petition that would give the millions of people whose lives they are wrecking a platform to express their disapproval of their methods.
This rejection makes it perfectly clear that we are never again going to be subject to honest, impartial, assessments of our disabilities, nor is a change of government likely to bring about such a change, as it was Labour who installed Atos in the first place.
Have a nice day – while you still can…