In 2016, a United Nations report found the UK government culpable for “grave and systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights. The situation for disabled people in Britain has continued to deteriorate as the Tory government’s obsessive drive to slash public spending, whilst scapegoating the most disadvantaged in society, continues.

Punitive welfare regimes, the removal of essential support and services, and an ideological regime that seeks to deny disability has resulted in a situation described by the UN as a “human catastrophe“.

In this searing account, Ellen Clifford, an activist who has been at the heart of resistance against the war on disabled people, reveals precisely how and why this state of affairs has come about. From spineless political opposition to self-interested disability charities, right-wing ideological myopia to the media demonisation of benefits claimants, a shocking picture emerges of how the government of the fifth-richest country in the world has been able to marginalize disabled people with near-impunity.

Even so, and despite austerity biting ever deeper, the fightback has begun, with a vibrant movement of disabled activists and their supporters determined to hold the government to account – the slogan “Nothing About Us Without Us” has never been so apt. As this book so powerfully demonstrates, if Britain is to stand any chance of being a just and equitable society, their battle is one that we should all be fighting.

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786996640

Twitter: Ellen Clifford

Disabled People Against Cuts: DPAC

I’m a ghost
Living in a ghost town
I’m a ghost
Living in a ghost town

You can look for me
But I can’t be found
You can search for me
I had to go underground
Life was so beautiful
Then we all got locked down
Feel like a ghost
Living in a ghost town

Once this place was humming
And the air was full of drumming
The sound of cymbals crashing
Glasses were all smashing
Trumpets were all screaming
Saxophones were blaring
Nobody was caring if it’s day or night

I’m a ghost
Living in a ghost town
I’m going nowhere
Shut up all alone

So much time to lose
Just staring at my phone

Every night I am dreaming
That you’ll come and creep in my bed
Please let this be over
Not stuck in a world without end

Preachers were all preaching
Charities beseeching
Politicians dealing
Thieves were happy stealing
Widows were all weeping
There’s no beds for us to sleep in
Always had the feeling
It will all come tumbling down

I’m a ghost
Living in a ghost town
You can look for me
But I can’t be found

We’re all living in a ghost town
Living in a ghost town
We were so beautiful
I was your man about town
Living in this ghost town
Ain’t having any fun
If I want a party
It’s a party of one

This level of hypocrisy is offensive and insulting.

My political opinions are based on morals and principles which is something that is abundantly lacking in a lot of politicians.

We are now being told to protect the NHS. The Tories never wanted the National Health Service to begin with and have been hell-bent on deconstructing it for years.

Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, has been praising the NHS, yet the Tories have been depriving it of the resources it badly needs.

Conservative governments have been responsible for a massive increase in NHS privatisation. Billions of pounds have been siphoned off by way of contracts given to private providers.

The nurses that Johnson praises are the nurses that are dying because of a lack of protective equipment. This is a result of deliberate defunding in order to run it down so badly that people will accept privatisation. Doctors and nurses have died because of the lack of protective equipment.

Boris Johnson is one of the many Tory MPs who voted against a pay rise for nurses in 2017. It is certainly no secret that he has been a proponent of privatising the NHS for a long time. Anyone who really believes that he is actually a supporter of the NHS is very much deluded.

There were vast amounts of dedicated doctors and nurses who left the NHS because of the appalling way both they and the NHS have been treated. The Government has asked them to come back to “save the nation” because of Covid-19.

The NHS lost vast numbers of much needed EU doctors and nurses after the BREXIT referendum. If I am lying ill in a hospital bed, I don’t care where the doctors and nurses are from. They can come from another planet for all I care, thank you very much.

The NHS has been a main focus of political strategy, particularly because of the passion and pride that the people of the UK hold for it. The only way to wrestle it away from the people is by stealth, manipulation and deception.

When the Tories say they are putting money into hospitals, it is the equivalent of putting an apple in the front door and taking half a dozen crates of bananas out the back door. They have also sold off NHS land on the quiet, which is part of their asset-stripping agenda.

The best way to protect the NHS is for Tory voters to stay at home during the next General Election.

 
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