Of course it does not.
The Work Capability Assessment and everything associated with it is inimical to health – inherently harmful, as anybody who has even witnessed one will know.
It is carried out, not by a “medical professional”, as the Department for Work and Pensions is still – pathetically – trying to claim, but by the employee of a private company hired to reduce the number of people claiming benefits. They have a multiple choice test on their computers; their questions demand simple yes/no answers that are intended to hide the nature of a person’s condition rather than explain it; and their intention is to deny that real conditions exist.
This is just one of the reasons the United Nations has condemned the UK for systematic violations of the human rights of sick and disabled people.
Oh, and a new wave of them seems to have been sent out to do their worst just before Christmas, in what can only be seen as a campaign of demoralisation against the vulnerable. As This Blog has explained, Christmas is a very unhappy time of year for many people – particularly those who have few friends and family around them, possibly because of an illness. Deprivation of benefit, and the few luxuries it may provide, might just push people over the cliff edge Ms Smith mentions. Damian Green knows this very well.
That is why Ms Smith is in despair.
That is why she is saying her Christmas is ruined; she must fight this latest attempt to force her into destitution. How would you feel, if it was you?
And yet people keep voting Conservative, in order to allow this torture to continue.
They might make alternative claims – “The Tories are the only ones who can be trusted with the economy” (not true, for reasons that have been trotted out many times over the last couple of days, the gist being that they have deliberately harmed the UK’s industrial base and increased the national debt) or “Labour can’t be trusted” (Heaven forbid that those horrible socialists should come along and actually help the people of the UK) – but they know that the torture is taking place.
Therefore, by passing their vote for the Conservatives, they know that they are supporting the torture of the sick, disabled and vulnerable.
Fortunately, Ms Smith is not alone. There is a large support network available to her, should she fall foul of the system, and the long-term effect on her may – and I stress that it is only a possibility – be minimised.
But in the short term her life is disrupted, her plans for Christmas are thrown into chaos, and her mental and physical health are threatened.
All while millions of people protest helplessness, in full knowledge of the fact that they could stop it at once, if they only had the will.
Never mind ‘Black Friday’… this is definitely ‘Black Wednesday’ for me.
IT’S BROWN ENVELOPE DAY. Only my fellow disabled friends will truly understand the chilling significance of that.
It means I face yet another corrupt assessment.
It means that once again I am in despair.
It means Christmas is ruined.
I feel like I can’t cope, but somehow I will have to.
I refuse to just lay down and die like the Tories want me to.
My blood pressure is 190/125 and my pulse is racing at 110 per min, but at least I get to see the heart specialist on Monday.
This needs saying…for all you people who keep voting Conservative, you are voting for me and my disabled friends to be continually bullied, abused, harassed, criminalised, our human rights deliberately violated and our already challenging lives destroyed. The stress from this oppression is unbearable.
They are pushing hundreds of thousands of us off the cliff.
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