Theresa May euphemizes savage cuts to PIP when confronted by an angry disabled person demanding democratic accountability

Kitty Jones tells it as it is – I just wish the UK media would do the same 😦

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The prime minister has been avoiding confrontation with real citizens and voters so far, and has simply concerned herself with a series of stage-managed media appearances featuring Conservative supporters.

However, Theresa May faced a series of difficult questions after she was confronted by a furious voter over cuts to disability benefits while she was campaigning in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Cathy Mohan, who has learning difficulties, challenged the Prime Minister over Conservative cuts, which meant she lost her carer. She also asked about how others had been affected as the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is replaced by the new cost cutting Personal Independence Payment (PIP). She told the PM that she has been forced to live on £100 a month in benefits after being denied essential support with the extra costs of coping with a learning disability.

In the footage captured byChannel 5 News, the voter demanded tht the government return to…

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Hammond’s ‘Abbott moment’ – but far worse (audio)

Yet another Tory gaffe left almost unmentioned by the Tory-led media!

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It’s not hard to understand why the Tories daren’t debate. Apply the slightest pressure and they go into full-blown meltdown.

This morning, on Radio 4’s Today programme, John Humphrys challenged Philip Hammond’s transparently false attack on Labour’s fully-costed manifesto – and Hammond went into a funk so profound that, while it’s tempting to call it his ‘Abbott moment’, it would be more fair to consider renaming Abbott’s interview to her ‘Hammond moment’.

hammond dim.jpgEasily confused: Philip Hammond

Hammond attempted to portray Labour’s spending commitments as having a ‘£58 billion hole’ in them, but Humphrys pointed out that to reach that conclusion he had to conflate Labour’s ‘running costs’ and investment plans – which is something Hammond and his party don’t do about their own spending.

Hammond started to stammer – clearly with no clue how to proceed when things weren’t going to script except to fall back on his pre-scripted attack…

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Desperate, underpaid NHS paramedic tells Theresa May: “I’ve seen things no one should have to witness”

The harsh reality of life under the tories!

Pride's Purge

A paramedic has written a moving description on Facebook (see below) of the difficulties he has to face every day in his job, and how he is paid a pittance of just £12.35 an hour to do it.

This is because the Tory government has over the last 7 years capped paramedics’ and other public workers’ pay rises at 1%.

The cabinet ministers who made that decision, however, have seen their own pay rise over the last 7 years to the point they are making approximately £117.92 an hour*, on top of which they can also claim expenses, subsidies and other perks.

A perfect example of Theresa May’s warped Britain today.

Brian Mear:

I joined the Ambulance Service in 1986.
For over 28 years I worked doing “Front Line” work. That’s Emergency work. Covering 999 calls. For the last 6 years of my service I worked alone predominantly on nights at…

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#TheresasTories don’t know how FB, Twitter or Internet work

I’m a total numpty where the internet is concerned, but even I knew how to delete FB and Twitter posts! Lol

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So, the Tories have announced – in what appears to be a rather desperate attempt to convince people that they know something, anything about computers after the debacle of yesterday’s NHS ransomware catastrophe driven by chronic Tory underfunding – that, if re-elected, they will make a law to allow young people to remove social media posts they made before they were 18.

Which only goes to show even more clearly that they don’t know the first thing about how either social media or the internet work. They clearly haven’t any understanding of both the transience and permanence of the internet – or the fact that it’s not a UK thing.

rudd fb.pngYou can already do it

Any user of Facebook, Twitter or other social media can already remove anything they’ve posted. It’s easy.

Here’s an extract from the Facebook help page on how to delete something you’ve posted:

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Friday. A bottle of cordial and Gills tin of beans.  

At this time when there are too many people out there who consider a bottle of juice, or even a tin of beans, a luxury, everyone needs to examine what they want in the future, for our society.
Hopefully, a majority will think of the suffering happening every day, here in the UK, before they tick their box on the 8th of June!

The poor side of life

This is somewhat different to the usual weekly blog that I write. I don’t often write about events outside the weekly demo, to be honest I wasn’t sure that my readers would want to read it. But I thought I’d tell you anyway. Some might want to listen.

I was awoken quite early by a crank call, made by someone for reasons known only to themselves. They appeared to find it humorous to make fun of what we do, and the help that we give to people. Some people are very strange, and sadly this isn’t unusual its become par of the course. I don’t take it to heart and I did report it.

You see, in the over 3 1/2 years that I’ve been doing this I have encountered many negative things. Name calling, swearing, being told by G4S that they were going to knock myself and a friend…

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Guardian Documentary on Disability Rights Caravan in Bolivia

As a disabled woman in Britain, my heart goes out to those people, in Bolivia, who are fighting their government to make them deliver on their promises of a small pension – something they need,in order to survive.
The brutality with which they were treated, by their government, made me feel sick – and terribly afraid – as I feel that, if the tories win the general elecetion, it won’t be long before we disabled in Britain face a similar form of treatment, especially with all the evidence that has already been gathered about the thousands of people who have died unnecessarily here in the UK, due to our governments’ fake austerity measures, that have been aimed at the disabled, the ill, the poor, the weak, and anyone else unable to fight back!
It feels as if the whole world has turned into a playground for the rich, and an ever-increasing nightmare for everybody else.
I just hope and pray that the protesters in Bolivia are able to change their fellow people’s minds into helping them as they should do!

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This video by the Guardian was recommended by one of the many great commenters on this blog. It’s a 30-minute long film about a caravan of disabled people and their carers in Bolivia. The protesters were marching to claim the £70 a month pension disabled people have been promised by Evo Morales government. The blurb for the video runs

People with disabilities are among the most discriminated against in Bolivia. Fed up with being ignored, a group of them march across the Andes to the seat of the government in La Paz, asking to speak to President Evo Morales. They are met with riot police, barricades, teargas and water cannon

Headed by determined leaders, including Rose Mery, Marcelo, Feliza and Miguel, the protesters camp on the streets a block away from the main plaza near the government palace. For the first time in Bolivia’s history, police erect 3m-high barricades, station…

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Disabled people are terrified of another Tory govt. Here’s why. #GE17

I’m a disabled person, and I, too, am terrified of yet more time under a Tory regime.

I am sickened that thousands of us have died needlessly because Blair and his ‘New Labour’ pals decided to start the ball rolling, and put the diabled in the target, and then the Tories took over, and all they have been doing is to make things 400 times worse for us ever since.

All of this seems to be happening with barely a whimper of protest, rather than the huge roar that there should be happening, by the great british public!

I thought I had been born into a democracy, made great by my parent’s and grandparent’s sacrifices – but it doesn’t feel like a democracy, when just one political party can turn the UK media against it’s own people 😦

We are left without a voice, without a hope, without any kind of decent life, and every person that votes for the Tories, come June, are putting ever more nails in our coffins.

So, when June comes, let’s say goodbye to May, and vote for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party – where people come first!

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The plight of disabled people under a Tory government seems to be receiving little attention from the media in this election battle. The public needs to be aware what they will be condemning people with mental or physical health problems to if they vote Tory in the General Election.

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As an excellentarticleby the Canary pointed out earlier this week:

Since 2010, the Tories have cut, among other things:

  • The Independent Living Fund (ILF), which previously supported people with care packages. Since the government cut it, in some areas 88% of people have seen their care packages reduced by up to 50%.
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for sick and disabled people in the Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG) by a third. This will affect 500,000 people. 55% a week from ESA for sick and disabled 18-to-25-year-olds. 51,000 disabled people’s
  • Motability vehicles, which were important for…

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