Pandemic survival…

Scientists say a pandemic could reduce the global human population to 100,000 – and Continue reading

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E-petition rejected for blatantly dishonest reasons…

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:- Continue reading

Reduce the cost of disability – end pointless reassessments…

Someone on Twitter asks, when PiP is introduced, will the blind be left alone and not repeatedly reassessed. However, it affects very many more people than those who are registered blind.

These days amputees are routinely reassessed, presumably in case limbs have magically grown back, as is pretty much anybody with an incurable and progressive illness, including Continue reading

First the disabled, now the travellers – who’s next?

Headline in the Guardian this morning “Bank of England voted 9-0 to pump £75bn more into UK economy”. And I thought, it’s as if these buggers had never even heard of the Weimar Republic, which went down the hyperinflation pan thanks to its habit of printing extra money and injecting it into the system.

And, although the Republic finally Continue reading

A pogrom against the chronically sick and disabled?

I posted a much shorter version of the following as a comment to the article Disability hate crime is our shame in the Guardian a few minutes ago, and it’s already racking up approval, so it’s probably worth saying again here, and though regular readers will be familiar with the themes, many will not be, and I feel it can’t be said too loudly or too often. Because soon, if nothing changes, it will be too late for words.

I took exception to the paragraph that started with Continue reading

The disabled as an underclass, without human rights…

I’ve said this before, about a year ago but, as a follow-up to my last post, “Cameron’s Reich” and others in which I drew comparisons with the Jews of Nazi Germany, and the plight of the sick and disabled in this country, rapidly being stripped of our human rights, and now with travellers in the same predicament, it’s worth repeating Continue reading

Fat and/or a smoker? Don’t get sick!

The health Fascists strike again!

From Pulse Today:-

Exclusive GPs have signed off a series of sweeping referral restrictions by NHS managers that will bar smokers and overweight patients from being referred for surgery, as PCTs across the country bring in new cost-saving restrictions.

To which one can only say Continue reading

A post for Blogging Against Disablism Day 2011…

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:- Continue reading