Someone on Twitter is asking, in the light of the carpet-bagging of the NHS, the persecution of the chronically sick and disabled, now extended to any group perceived as even remotely vulnerable, and other related fuck-uppery, and the suicides – where’s the anger?
Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been seriously pissed off with the threats to disability benefits for almost 4 years (let’s not lose sight of the fact that what’s happening now was originally dreamed up by James Purnell and David Freud,** under Labour), as the intemperate language of my blog demonstrates only too well.
**Made a peer by the Tories to give them a voice to lie to the House of Lords.
Personally, I’ve been writing about threats to disability benefits since the first year of this blog, in September 2008, when I wrote this post, entitled Welfare Reform; note well the first para, a quote from Gordon Brown – sound familiar?
My first post in defence of the NHS was written in August 2009; and I first wrote about Tory plans to shaft the sick and disabled in December 2009 6 months before they came to power, and I’ve barely stopped, except when I’ve been too ill, since – how much anger do you want from me?
Many others are angry, too, and have shown that anger in demos and marches across the country, and, of course, there are other bloggers equally furious, though there are not as many as there used to be – some have disappeared, others are still around but have simply decided to do other things. I can understand their frustration at the apparent futility of carrying on.
But all this anger, all the hurt, the marches and demos, all the blog posts from all the bloggers, have had the same result – bugger all. Just as all the DWP-related** suicides have now been flagged as an irrelevance.
**IDS and the DWP are the real villains, Atos are carrying out their policies.
But one cannot sustain anger indefinitely in the face of complete and utter obduracy. And, in my case, the onset of a terminal illness has put a crimp in my activities; it’s slowed me down but I haven’t stopped, nor will I as long as I have the strength to type. Even though I’m unsure whether there is a point any longer, or if there ever was if no-one in power is taking any notice (pretty sure they’re actually making notes about all of us, though).
Because this government, no matter what anyone has said, or written, or marched about, or occupied for, has continued on its merry way regardless, demonising and criminalising the sick and disabled by lying to the people, who are so stupid they believe the propaganda even in the face of the facts, and lying to Parliament, with equal impunity. Most newspapers and the BBC (in breach of its charter), are equally culpable, repeating the lies totally unquestioningly.
And never forget that the Queen, the supposed last bastion against an out of control government, simply signed away the welfare state, the NHS, and the right to justice for all except those with deep pockets, without a second thought. The same Queen in support of whom many of you turned out in the pissing rain (how apt), not too long afterwards. Did you all forget what she’d done so recently?
And someone has also suggested, in a massive excess of optimism, that Holland & Barrett pulling out of Workfare before threatened protests kick in, meant that if “we” can do that, “we” can overthrow the government, to which the only sensible answer is don’t be so bloody silly.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see this government overthrown, preferably legally, as would many others, but how? After all, getting a retailer to back down from confrontation, and withdraw from a morally indefensible scheme, is not remotely the same as taking on a government. And anyone even trying to discuss the how of it, online, is likely to get their collar felt in very short order.
The fact is that the only people capable of legitimately bringing down Cameron are the Liberal Democrats, and they’re simply too gutless, and their leader too obsessed with power.
Other than that, I have no idea how to set about overthrowing the government and, please, spare me the Arab Spring analogies – that was, and still is, a blood-bath except for Egypt, and Egypt only succeeded so relatively easily because it had a corrupt, failed, government that nobody, not even the military, supported. And, even now, it hasn’t actually turned out that well. Libya, too, would have failed if not for the intervention of the west (curiously, we had the money to prosecute a war that was none of our concern, but not for our own most vulnerable citizens).
And don’t quote Gandhi at me either, his situation was vastly different to ours, and no valid comparisons can be realistically drawn.
However, there might just be a glimmer of light in the darkness, as some 20,000 army personnel, apparently selected on the basis of how close to their pension qualification they’re getting, rather cutting out the inevitable dead wood that any organisation of this size has, are about to find themselves out of a job and, as many have tied houses, homeless too, along with their families.
Think about that – 20,000 former members of the military, cast aside, broke, bitter, and undoubtedly furious – and people trained to put down insurrection are surely the perfect people to launch one…
Has the government, in doing this, sown the seeds of its own destruction?
I wonder if the bean-counters in Whitehall considered that even for a moment?