Note: DPAC are running our own #CripTheVoteUK Campaign to encourage disabled people to get registered to vote and then vote for change in the upcoming General Election via our normal blog, Facebook and Twitter outlets.
We urge you to visit both campaigns to make the best of the materials and events and get the best of both sets of campaigners work.
Both the Crip The Vote UK and the DPAC campaigns are sharing the hashtag #CripTheVoteUK and cooperating in an open and friendly spirit to achieve the same ends.
This week Theresa May announced yet another Tory U-turn scrapping their fixed term parliaments to call a surprise General Election. This couldn’t possibly be because the CPS is likely to charge 30 of the corrupt bastards with fraud I suppose?
Like most other people I’ve probably had enough elections in the past couple of years to last almost a lifetime but it does give us all an opportunity to show how powerful disabled voters are and to get rid of the Tory vermin once and for all. And we need to do that for all of those previously driven to their deaths and for others still being harassed and vilified simply for being disabled.
For the past 7 years disabled people have been treated as scapegoats for the rancid and vile Osborne austerity agenda. As a group of people we have endured cuts which have impacted on us 9 times more than others and for those with the highest support needs 19 times more. The UN has found the UK Tory government guilty of the grave and systematic violation of disabled people’s human rights thanks to the efforts of DPAC and our supporters who presented evidence to the inquiry carried out in October 2015. So we have indisputable evidence from an internationally respected organisation about the atrocities people have been forced to endure.
It is vital that disabled people and their friends and families are registered to vote on June 8th and that they do vote to get rid of the Tories.
If you aren’t already registered this is how to
you must register by midnight on Monday 22 May.
If you want a postal proxy you must apply by Tuesday 23 May.
If you want a different type of proxy vote (someone to vote for you), you must apply by Wednesday 31 May.
For an emergency proxy vote, for example if you end up in hospital, it’s 5pm on the day of the election.
While real change is unlikely to happen without a leftist Labour party in power our first battle must be against the Tories and ridding ourselves of them. In the 2015 general election Ed Miliband effectively threw away the bulk of the Labour vote in Scotland by refusing to run on an anti-austerity agenda and this will be problematic this time round but not impossible to combat.
What if you have a Labour MP who you don’t think it’s worth voting for? I’ve already seen people in Southwark saying they would never vote for the Labour MP there and then there’s Birmingham Yardley’s MP, Edgbaston’s MP and others. Worse could you/should you vote Lib Dem aka the little yellow Tories with a seemingly homophobic leader if they offer the opportunity to trash the Tories? Tactical voting to eradicate one scourge on mankind or voting from the heart might be the choice only you can make.
You’re all adults so in spite of requests we have no intention of telling you how you should vote but will be presenting various facts, figures and policies for you to consider over the next few weeks plus organising some fun activities on and off-line for you to take part in.
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