one of our members has written to Christian and if anyone else woudl liek to his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mr. Stevens (Tory Councillor for Horley, West Sussex),
I watched your performance on BBC QT with shock and disgust. Your cognitive dissonance, delivered with such religious fervour, is as repulsive now as it was when the German people pretended the Holocaust wasn’t happening in order to assuage their collective guilt. You metaphorically covered your nose and averted your eyes to the dark, greasy pall of death that hangs over this country, and instead decided that attack was the best form of defense of the indefensible. I make no apologies for comparing the current genocide of the disabled with that of Hitler – he began with a cull of the mentally ill and disabled, after all.
My question is, what on earth makes you think you know better than a reporter who has actually researched the subject in minute detail and spoken to victims and relatives of those who have been murdered by or are suffering under the government you voted for? Or, indeed, what makes you think you know better than the sick and disabled, themselves?
Disabled people may not be living in fear of the sound of Jackboots on the ground outside their door, but they are living in fear of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) regime – so much so that there is actually now a medically recognised condition called “Brown Envelope Syndrome” just for the illnesses brought on by state-sponsored oppression and harassment. Did you know that, Mr. Stevens? Or did you miss it because you were you too busy straining to look the other way (as I imagine you do regarding the exponential increase in child poverty, homelessness, and the systematic dismantling of the NHS for privatisation, since 2010)?
The millions of sick and disabled people suffering from government oppression in the UK can disabuse you of your ignorance – if you can face them. They can confirm that the genocide of the most vulnerable is most certainly real and has been going on since 2010. I know this because I am one of the sick people the government has been trying to cull – and almost succeeded on three separate occasions. Where it failed to succeed in killing me off, however, it did succeeded in making my existing health issues far, far worse, and I have actually developed multiple new and very serious conditions related specifically to DWP oppression. It has been so bad, in fact, that I have a case for DWP Maladministration currently with the Ombudsman, a stage reached only after more than three long years at the hands of the DWP’s internal complaints system (any idea why it should take so long Mr. Stevens? Almost like it was designed to put you off, make you give up, or give you the chance to die before it’s heard…).
I also use my experience to help other disabled people being harassed into an early grave by the DWP – hundreds of them. I have talked people down from the edge. Coaxed them away from the painkillers, sleeping pills, and alcohol they were about to use to end it all because they couldn’t take any more DWP oppression, lies, and mindless bureaucracy; they simply had no more fight left in them. I helped save their lives and snatch them from the grip of the vile, murderous hands of the Tory government. So, unlike you, I do not speak purely from my own narrow and convenient perspective; I speak for the experience of many, many others in addition to myself.
If you do not wish to be accused of having the blood of sick and disabled people on your hands, which, as a Tory voter, you most certainly do, then I respectfully request you actually look carefully at what you’re voting for, in future. The information regarding MP’s voting records is in the public domain, for example, as are the DWP death figures, the figures for the number of terminally ill cancer patients refused PIP each year, the UN reports describing the plight of the UK’s disabled under the Tories as a “human catastrophe”, the coroners’ reports regarding the suicides linked to the Work Capability Assessment that were served to the government several years ago and then buried and denied, the huge numbers of cases overturned at tribunals, the reports from disability organisations into the devastating effects of the welfare cuts – cuts aimed overwhelmingly at the sick and disabled – and so on.
And if anyone at BBC QT behaved in a Trumpesque manner, Mr. Stevens, it was you. Your bluff and bluster and use of ‘alternative facts’ to go on the attack without even letting Mr. Chakrabortty finish his sentence or give explanation (facilitated, as ever, by Mr. Dimbleby) is reminiscent of Trump’s late night Twitter rants.
Unfortunately for people like you, it’s getting more and more difficult for this government and the right-wing media to hide the genocide of the sick and disabled in this country – and it will be exposed in the very near future. The cracks have been appearing for some time. For Aditya Chakrabortty to actually get those words out on live TV, before your crass attempts to cut him off, is a first. It’s been seven torturous years too long in coming, but it finally happened. And when the floodgates open and the truth of the sheer scale of this government cull of the nation’s vulnerable is finally revealed in all its vileness, Tory voters will have only two choices: either continue to deny the facts, or wring their hands at the horror of it all and wail about how they wish they’d known the truth.
But you, Mr. Stevens, have but one choice. You have been told. You can no longer claim you didn’t know. So, will you continue to just deny and attack, as you did on BBC QT?
Or, perhaps my character assessment of you is incorrect. Perhaps you have simply been misinformed and misled for the last seven years. Perhaps you’d like to learn the truth for yourself so you can make an informed decision and help effect change? Is that the real you, Mr. Stevens? Are you simply a hapless victim of propaganda and misinformation?
Well, if you’d like a window into the misery and suffering of just a tiny percentage of sick and disabled under the government you voted for, why not go onto the government’s OWN website (not advertised – I found it by accident, and it was only open for comments for a very limited time) and read up on the experiences of real people being oppressed right now by the Tory Boot Boys at the DWP (and do bear in mind that many sick and disabled people don’t have access to the internet or can’t use it, or are simply too sick and beaten down to complain – yet still thousands responded in a very short time):
Obviously, those writing on this forum are still living, so if that isn’t enough for you, then please go to: http://calumslist.org for a list of people killed by this government and find out how they suffered and died.
And if, after all that, you still feel inclined to defend this governmental abuse and genocide, why don’t you try and prove how wrong I am, and how I’ve imagined the pain, misery, and oppression I’ve suffered unnecessarily since 2012 (when they came for me)? I’d like to see you try and wash that blood off your hands, Mr. Stevens, as I have enough evidence to bury you in paperwork for a decade.
And do you know that life for all disabled people (except those cushioned by wealth) is lived under a black cloud of fear? And that the fear is never absent for even one second of any day since this vile regime was instigated? The sick and disabled of this country live the most difficult of lives already – they now have to cope with pain and illness without a moment’s peace. Is it any wonder they are sicker than ever? Please stop for a moment to consider this, Mr. Stevens: this government has repeatedly and deliberately targeted the sick and disabled for harassment and cuts to their income, as they are the demographic least physically able to fight back and have the least resources available to do so. How morally bankrupt does a person have to be to think this is acceptable?
It is so bad, in fact, that in September 2016 I served the DWP with a Death Letter that prevents it covering up the details of my death if it does succeed in killing me, so it can’t hide behind the Data Protection Act (DPA) as it does now in refusing to discuss particular cases. I have a copy on file with my GP and a solicitor, and I give permission for full disclosure of the coroner’s report and all aspects of my appalling treatment at the hands of this government since 2012. I understand many others have started doing this, too.
The sick and the disabled are also tired of government, media, and people like you conflating the two labels to justify government abuse. You can have a perfectly health disabled person that, with a few adjustments made available by an employer, is willing and able to work, and sick people who are just ill for a while and intend to go back to work… and then there are the seriously ill and severely disabled who will never be able to work no matter what the disgraced assessors at disability denial companies like Atos, Capita, and Maximus tell you. The former examples are used to justify the treatment of the latter, and allow the type of cognitive dissonance you displayed on BBC QT to flourish among the close-minded. It allows people like you to focus on a relatively able subgroup of disabled, like Paralympians, for example, to make erroneous assumptions that the others, the very vulnerable, can’t really be all that disabled, after all – meaning they certainly can’t be having rather a bad time of things and being killed off by the Tories. Newsflash! Very sick people are disabled by the limitations of their conditions (like being in a coma), BUT disabled people are not necessarily sick (like most Paralympians).
And if you’re trying to tell yourself all this simply can’t be true in the UK in 2017, or that surely the courts would be full of cases against the government for actual bodily harm and unlawful killing, as well as institutionalised and systematic abuse of sick and disabled peoples’ Human Rights… you’re in good company – we’re all wondering why it hasn’t happened, too.
I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on the issues I raised, Mr. Stevens – although I’d prefer you use facts, this time, rather than rely on a tirade of abuse and indignation, as you did on BBC QT.
PS. Since you’re crowing about your disgusting performance on BBC QT on social media, I have copied this letter to various news outlets and other interested parties to also be made public in the interests of fairness and truth.