A little realism, please…

Mahatma Gandhi:-

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

21st Century reality:-

“First they malign you, then they demonise you, then you fight them, then you lose.”

Disability activists seem to be inordinately fond of this quotation of Gandhi’s, but the reality is that there is no correlation between evicting a penurious colonial power that couldn’t afford another war to hold onto a vast country that wanted it gone, and the plight of the sick and disabled in a small country which is rapidly becoming the Daily Mail, writ large.

Gandhi had a country at his back – we don’t have even a significant proportion of a single major political party prepared to back us. In fact, as I said yesterday on Twitter, the old three-party political system is dead and gone. Now, all we get to do in future, aside from a few minor parties and indies, is vote for members of what has become, effectively, one vast party, with a few minor differences, who’ll pretend for three weeks every 5 years to be opponents again.

The question is, just where is our political support? I’m not seeing it in any meaningful form. We have almost no political clout where it matters, in the Commons (even if the Lords were to kill off the WRB – not gonna happen but, hey, we can dream – the Commons can ultimately force it through by invoking the Parliament Acts),** and precious little among the general public, and what there is seems to be being constantly eroded by Conservative lies and – unforgivably – Miliband’s too. One might reasonably expect that, given its history, the bulk of the Parliamentary Labour Party – who voted against Ed Miliband, let’s not forget – is appalled by his behaviour towards the sick and disabled, but apart from one or two who are outspoken, the rest are silent.

**There is a remote possibility that the Queen will withhold royal assent, but I can’t recall the last time a monarch did that – perhaps, though, we should be focusing on the Queen as we have with the Lords?

So at what point, pray tell, unless Labour remembers that they’re supposed to be the party which traditionally looks after our interests, and which created the Welfare State, and the Lib Dems rediscover their balls, if they ever had any, do we win?

Without rapid and profound political and social, change, the unpalatable truth is that we do not.

We cannot.

Our one hope is that the Labour Party will – and very soon – empty out the dishonest, duplicitous, dishonourable, Miliband,** and replace him with an honest leader, who can return the party to its core values (those, for example, which moved it to create the Welfare State in the first place, rather than those which consigned it to opposition for so long), and without whom Labour will simply become an informal branch of the Conservative Party.

**Yesterday, Labour accused the BBC of being the Conservative’s publicity machine, parroting their anti sick and disabled propaganda unquestioningly, which is perfectly true, but to be honest, Ed Miliband, isn’t that exactly what you are doing, you hypocritical arsewipe?

I have no doubt that there will be those who accuse me of defeatism – I prefer to see it as realistism. So, if you are minded to do that, do, please, tell me how we’re going to win this because, along with many other people, that prospect eludes me entirely.


5 thoughts on “A little realism, please…

  1. I fear that your view is realistic and that unless the opposition starts opposing now, 2015 will see the return of a triumphal Cameron with a large majority that will ensure an even nastier Right wing government increasing the misery until the surviving and still enfranchised public comes to its senses and returns a government to start undoing the damage.

    • I’ve written here, at length over the past 18 months, about what I expect to happen when – not if any longer, I feel, Labour are beyond redemption – Cameron is returned with a working majority.

      Nothing has yet happened to make me change my mind, and I seriously doubt it will. Even if Labour make dumping Ed – preferably in concrete boots from a light aircraft in Romney Marsh! – a priority, his successor has too little time to undo the damage he’s done and restore Labour’s credibility. It IS doable – just not by anybody who’s currently available.

      I think Mandelson has the ability to do it, not as PM (though, hell, compared to Ed, why not?), but in his previous position as the power behind the Labour throne, but Labour, themselves, have done so much to rubbish the guy and undermine his standing that I doubt he’d be interested. And who, really, could blame him?

      Personally, I think David Miliband would be a viable choice, given that he probably still has the backing of the PLP and Labour Party as a whole (and no doubt a seething hatred of his idiot baby brother for what he’s done). True, the Mail and Torygraph will scream “Blairite!” but that charge can be levelled at many of the current PLP, and it’s a crock. Blair is long gone, and people change.

      What’s not an option for Labour is doing nothing, yet that seems to be their preferred course of inaction.

  2. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Government’s horrific attitudes towards disabled people are being expressed by and demonstrated increasingly in the behaviour of Social Services and Mental Health staff.

    It makes me think my bf is right about them wanting to push people on the edge to suicide to thin out the disability population, as they’re not exactly making life worth living, and some of us aren’t strong enough to withstand that.

    Is that what the Government and Statutory Services are counting on?

    • I think it’s simpler – and far less sinister. Cuts affect them as they affect others, with reductions in staff and funding making the job even more difficult. They’re angry, frustrated, and – unfortunately – the people they’re supposed to help bear the brunt of it.

      Plus a subconscious – or even conscious in some cases – desire that you’ll go away and stop bothering them, so they piss you off in the hope that you’ll stay away. The lower strata of human nature in action – unacceptable, but understandable.

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