Disabled people are fighting back for their lives

24_march_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,381

Thursday 24 March 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

One might be forgiven for thinking that the UK Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer might want to apologise for causing distress and fear to hundreds of thousands of people, at the very least, for proposed cuts to benefits targeting disabled people and the subsequent, seeming, climb down or U-turn. It’ll take action, not weasel words though.

That’s the sort of thing that people do out of common courtesy or decency, virtues that are entirely absent in you, Osborne and your government of monsters.

Nothing is as yet really resolved of the chaos and omnishambles that you’ve created, subject to disgust, blistering anger, ridicule and protest, all of which I share in common with vast numbers of people.

In the lobby of parliament during PMQs disabled people held a protest demanding “No more deaths from benefit cuts!”, fighting for the very survival of sick & disabled people.

BBC political editor, Norman Smith, was also in the lobby attempting to explain what was happening around him, a member of the House authorities approached him and demanded he stop the broadcast, making a slit throat gesture to camera. On asking why he was being ordered to stop filming he was told it was part of the rules and conditions of using the area and not being allowed to film protests.

In what might be described as a defining moment for what is widely known as the ‘poodle media’, neither Smith nor the BBC studio stood up to this censorship of a supposedly free press. Ordinary people do not even have the right to be heard or be the subject of media broadcasts in the seat of government in the UK.

So now we know, no apologies, no free press, no freedom of expression, no democracy and an omnishambles of a government. But here’s the thing, Mr Cameron, against such systemic abuses it falls to the people to protect their rights to life, liberty and freedom of expression through protest and civil disobedience. Under the circumstances, doing a BBC is really not an option because whilst Norman Smith will doubtless pick up his salary at the end of the month, it’s our income and survival that is at stake at the cost of our lives and an apology is no longer remotely good enough but you can never say you didn’t have the chance.




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