So, while the UK was talking about Scotland, someone has died:
David Clapson’s awful death was the result of grotesque government policies (9 September)
‘The DWP brags about ending the ‘something for nothing’ culture, but benefit sanctions punish the unemployed, disabled and poor in ways that are utterly inhumane.’
Family calls for benefit inquiry after David Clapson death
‘Diabetic David Clapson, 59, from Stevenage, died from lack of insulin, 18 days after his Jobseeker’s Allowance was suspended in July. He was found dead in his flat on 20 July, with £3.44 in his bank account.’
I have posted on this topic before: Read more on A more creative approach to welfare reform could have saved lives…
In what may be my most read post to date, DLA Disgrace, I discussed the shameful process that our Government inflicts on the disabled people in our community. It is outsourced to ATOS – ‘an international information technology services company’.
Do you know what this means?
It means the Government does not trust your doctor.
How so? Read more on Can your doctor be trusted or not?…
So now we are here in another New Year and, in the UK, the savagery of social welfare cuts continues to slice through our society.
We have had:
06 January: ‘Soldiers, nurses and teachers hit by benefit curbs’
07 January: ‘Benefit cuts will see more children taken into care’
09 January: ‘Pensioners could face universal benefit cuts after election’
13 January: ‘Benefit cuts threaten women’s refuge services’
14 January: ‘Benefit cuts: reforms will leave disabled people ghettoised and excluded’
Happy New Year from the British Government! Read more on Benefit cuts: a call to mobilise the disabled…
Last week, I dutifully recorded Ed Miliband’s speech at the Labour Conference.
I watched it in the evening and stayed up late writing my post only to find that, apart from the unique human insights to which you are accustomed, most of my views were reflected across the mass media.
“Get a life”, said the wife. So less to read this week, you will be pleased to hear.
In 2007, I advised the Conservatives how to win the last election. You can read it here: ‘The Conservatives may be doing the right thing, but in the wrong way’. In the same post, months before the riots, I told them the human effect of their savage cuts would be social chaos. Alienating people is not good leadership. Read more on Conservatives a careless brand…
“We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist”.
So, famously, said President Barack Obama at his Inaugural Address.
I would like to take this sentiment and apply it to a particular social issue happening in Britain today but, first, here is the full context of what Obama said: Read more on How Obama speech could overcome DLA disgrace in the UK…