The IDS resignation is a big fucking deal for me.
I know that
this year I will have my DLA reassessed as PIP. I don't even have a date
for that assessment yet and I have already been experiencing a great
deal of anxiety over it. The treatment of disabled and chronically ill
people by the DWP is appalling an counterproductive. It does more to
ensure disabling symptoms and having to stay out of work (to say nothing
of death and suicide) than to help and support people or get them fit
It is terrifying and demoralising at best.
don't for one minute believe that IDS resigned purely on the grounds of
conscience and out of concern for people with disabilities but honestly,
that doesn't matter. Because that's what he said. That is the statement
that is out there, in writing. Iain Duncan Smith has stated
categorically that the way our government is treating people with
disabilities is wrong. And, for a short time at least, he's going to
have to stand by that or look like a fool.
It's not going to
suddenly change policy. That's not up to him any more. But you know what
it does give? It gives hope. Hope that the rhetoric might change. Hope
that Osbourne might have to reign in plans. Hope that the government
will have an actual debate on these issues that isn't just braying party
lines. Hope that some people might actually stop and think about me and
people like me.
This is the first glimmer of hope we have had from
the government in five years. We have suffered a constant stream of
abuse, neglect and vilification at the hands of this government. And now
one man with influence, however insincerely, is saying "this isn't
right". That tiny pause in the endless bombardment that lets us breath
and lets us hope that things might not get worse.
I was shaking with joy last night. For the first time in weeks I felt the anxiety lessen just a little bit.
So for me, for every disabled and chronically person you know can we
focus on that. Instead of speculation and theories about infighting
instead of looking for the "real motives" can you focus on this:
The minister of the DWP said that plans for PIP were a step too far and were harmful.
Shout about it. Talk about it. Hold it up high. Make people think about
what that means. Make people pay attention and that that is the thing
the government and the media needs to focus on.
Make the story "Things need to change! Things need to be better for people who are disabled."
Don't make it about the Tories. Make it about people.