On the Vox Political Facebook page, in response to the post about Labour’s recent victories in the City of London elections, one person – who shall remain nameless here but can be identified fairly easily in the obvious way – posted: “Major electoral win would be to stick up for all disabled people and put an end to the farcical PIP process !!!!”
The first part of that suggestion is based on a lie that Labour isn’t “sticking up” for all disabled people. The party refused to do so before the 2015 general election, and This Writer would like to think that the public dumped Labour on its collective ass at least partly in response to that – let’s face it – despicable attitude.
Labour has since modified it policy position and now opposes the current assessment system for sickness and disability benefits. The whole system will be reappraised when a Labour government is returned to power and you can be sure that an “end” will certainly be “put” to the “process”.
This brings me to the second part of the suggestion – the lie that Labour could possibly end the Tory persecution of the sick and disabled now.
This is impossible under the UK’s current political system.
Like it or not, folks, the Conservative Party has a majority in the House of Commons, meaning it is free to force through any policy it wishes – no matter how deranged, deluded or ideologically-slanted.
One such policy is the persecution of the sick and disabled. Theresa May, Damian Green and the other 300-plus Tory MPs will not accept any attempt to modify their system for denying the existence of long-term illnesses or disabilities because they want benefit claimants to die.
So any attempt by Opposition MPs – of any party – to modify government legislation, or introduce Bills of their own for that purpose, are voted down by the governing party – the Tories, who hold the majority of seats in the House of Commons.
That is how your democracy works.
No argument, no matter how well-reasoned, will make a scrap of difference. And without a rebellion among Tory ranks (impossible in this instance – they all want the sick and disabled to die), change simply cannot be asserted by force of numbers.
I feel sure I have mentioned these facts on This Site before.
The facts did not stop another commenter from responding to the first: “That would require labour to be an opposition, which they are not! Letting disabled people rot!”
As you can see from my explanation above, this is complete nonsense.
Yet people are still saying it.
I can’t fight this kind of stupidity alone.
It doesn’t just occur on the Vox Political Facebook page – it’s all over the social media, and in pubs and households across the UK. Vox Political is a small social media site and simply doesn’t have the circulation to straighten out the misconceptions of so many people.
But you can.
Please, don’t let the idiots get away with it. If you ever hear this kind of rot about the Labour Party, challenge it – because the people spouting it are letting the Tories off the hook.
To explain, here’s my response, as posted on Facebook:
Labour must be IN OFFICE to stop the persecution of people with long-term sicknesses and disabilities. It’s impossible while in Opposition because a majority Tory government will ALWAYS overrule any attempts to change the situation. Reasoned argument will NEVER work because your Tory government has an ideological commitment to the persecution of the vulnerable – to death, if possible.
Vox Political has proved this, in the results of its own battles with the Tories and also in reports of others, over the last five years or so.
Please stop typing nonsense about the Labour Party. All you are doing is absolving the Tories of their responsibility.
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