It seems inconceivable that the Tories, with or without the LibDems, could even get elected dog-catcher in 2015, and yet look at the newspapers online and it’s all too clear that getting them back is perfectly possible, especially if Ed fails to unite the Left (I think he might have spent too long, now, playing the ToryLite game – I hope I’m wrong), and the vote is frittered away among the minor parties.
A left-wing vote for the Greens really is Continue reading
In Lords of the Blog, Baroness Lister of Burtersett takes Osborne to task over his use of the terms “strivers” and “skivers” but, while accepting that the “strivers” are “… generally people living on benefit,” who are “…making their way with considerable effort,” she completely fails – whether deliberately or by oversight – to mention, even in passing, those hundreds of thousands of us who are tagged as “skivers,” when we’re not Continue reading
It was, as it turned out, remarkably foolish, yesterday, to do what I did just to demonstrate a point – that despite all the scrounger rhetoric, for chronically sick and disabled people, often the simplest of tasks is an uphill, frequently unwinnable, battle.
I knew I’d pay for it today – I’m not an idiot – I just hadn’t realised how Continue reading
This, by the way, is not an extended whinge. My intention is to demonstrate to the doubters, of whom there are far too many, just how difficult, for those of us who are chronically sick and disabled, something they take for granted as quick and simple, can be – like making soup.
And for cynics who say, and some who really should know me better have done so “If you’re as sick and exhausted as you claim, how can you write?” the answer is simple Continue reading
The Internet is rife with people hopping up and down in fury, yelling that “We have to do something!” about the way the lives of chronically sick and disabled people are being fucked up by this Nazi-lite government. Of course, for all the sound and fury, no bugger ever offers a suggestion as to what we actually can do.
I have no idea either. Demos, marches, occupations – all have been ignored politically, so what’s the alternative?
The only solution seems to be Continue reading
One of my tweeps** retweeted my Paralympics press release earlier today, appending a note saying “He took days to write this”.
Now that’s OK, I know exactly what Jeni meant because at some point on Twitter I’d said it myself – I had been so ill when I wrote it – Arrowe Park Hospital screwing with my life yet again – that it took me three days to write a Continue reading
The following is being sent out by me to all newspapers not hiding behind a paywall. It’s already been sent to the Guardian.
I have no objection, providing the source is properly acknowledged, to it being copied and sent to whosoever you think can make a difference.
“Chronically sick and disabled” is really not the same as “disabled”. Continue reading
I wrote this post in May 2011. With the looming Paralympics, which will almost inevitably, given the government-sponsored hostile mood of much of the country, reflect badly on the chronically sick and disabled community, I thought it was timely to re-publish it. It was, at the time, one of my most well-received posts. Continue reading
I’m seeing a lot of advice, online, suggesting that people should vote for the Green Party, UKIP (wtf?), or pretty much any of the smaller parties, rather than Labour or Conservative. Or LibDems for that matter.
To do that would bring down upon us a disaster of truly epic proportions.
Why? Simple, Tory voters are loyal to the party even if they loathe its leader (in the 70s and 80s I knew many Tory’s who despised Thatcher but would never have contemplated voting for another party), and if potential Labour voters scatter their votes among a flotilla of smaller parties and independents, then you can be absolutely certain of Continue reading
Since the cuts currently in the system will reduce many people to penury, just where is that dishonest fuck Osborne going to find another £10 billion to strip out of the benefits system?
Short of having disabled people put down – a solution which no doubt appeals to his boss, whose obsession with and hatred of the disabled is positively insane – I can see only one possibility. As well as ESA making it almost impossible for a disabled person to get into the support group – if you’re terminally ill you can work to you snuff it, stop whinging! – I suspect that the entire system – or perhaps DLA/PIP – will be closed to new applicants.
Further, if Cameron Continue reading