Hostile environment

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Hostile environment

  • on: 30 Apr 2018 07:35PM
So that's one hostile environment being brought to an end along with, it is being claimed by some Tories the ending of government policies driven by targets.

Watching the Channel 4 News I kept on waiting, to no avail, for Jon Snow to ask, 'Will this change of attitude also be applied to the government's hostile environment policy where disabled welfare benefit claimants are concerned or will they still be condemned as guilty of fraudulent benefit claims with the onus being on the claimant to prove their innocence just as those of the Windrush generation many of whom were detained facing deportation having been judged as illegal immigrants the onus being on them to prove their right to remain as UK citizens?

If only some of the groups, such as the Black Triangle, could organize a campaign to highlight the government's 'hostile environment' policy against the disabled in Britain today.


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Re: Hostile environment

  • on: 08 May 2018 03:12AM
We have always been at the bottom. It has been so for all the time I have been in a wheelchair. New Labour was just the same.

 I live in Tory dominated area, and life under them has been hard. I have no hope of any kind of improvement after all this time. It is probably too late for me.
I only hope that future disabled people have a nicer experience.

With metta, Prabhakari. >wheelchair<
Bless 'em all, bless 'em all,
The long and the short and the tall.

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Re: Hostile environment

  • on: 08 May 2018 02:35PM
It will only change if there's a commercial value to looking after disabled people.

To my mind, the key points to sell to the 1% are:-

1. Disabled people form a pool in which there are some people to be found with less common but useful aptitudes.   Being obsessive or neuroatypical, or able to have sudden rushes of manic energy, or seeing things from an entirely different (psychotic) angle can have their uses, if only society and companies support people with these aptitudes/characteristics, not squash them.

2. Looking after disabled people makes abled people feel 'safer' which lessens the risk of the sort of civil disorder or revolution or even just poor productivity that unsettles the 1%.

3. The purple pound can form a valuable part of a mixed economy.

4. Providing disabled people with independence can release their relatives, who may themselves have skill to offer, to offer them to the 1%.

5. Looking after employees can be part of a culture of treating people as potentially valuable (and, sadly, exploitable) assets.

To put this in perspective, something that's rarely mentioned.  America - the 'modern Jim Crow'.  Quick dip into history and now.  Slavery. Well, we've all read about that, haven't we?  Emancipation.  Oops, where are all these former slaves supposed to work and where are the landowners supposed to get workers they can afford to replace them?  Cue Jim Crow laws, named after a blacked-up  music hall entertainer.  What they did was in county after country, state after state, to make it verging on the impossible for young to middle aged African Americans not to break the law.  It also affected women and older/younger AAs.

Welcome to jail and the chain gang.  Ooh, guess what? You're a former slave-owner and now you can hire a chain gang.  But the great thing is that whilst a slave, like a machine, has to be bought and maintained, a chain gang prisoner is pretty expendible in the days when a former slave or their family didn't stand a chance in hell of suing the estate.  The rate of horrible death and injury amongst chaingang prisoners was horrendous.  Meanwhile there were lynchings.  The less said about those the better.

Eventually in the 60s and 70s there was supposedly equality, but in modern America, the laws are weighted against African Americans and prison labour, black or white, is still hired out, for example for the chicken industry and the armaments industry.

I believe the only way for UK workers and disabled people to survive is for us to end up in a situation where keeping us decently is cost-effective, where as a society as a whole, maintaining us well is productive.  That, I think would involve a shift towards new specialisms in UK industry/employment.

In the meantime, for those of us who are disabled, it's a matter of survival and campaigning and/or hoping for a better, fairer future. 
(I'm an obsessive problem-solver, so feel free to ignore any suggestions or solutions I offer, even if they sound terribly insistent.)