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The Tories have used the Coronavirus crisis to attack disabled women

Actor Rory Kinnear’s disabled sister Karina died of Covid-19 recently: writing about it, he tried not to criticise the government too harshly. Would many other women with disabilities agree with that choice?

How miserable, how underhanded can a country’s government be in attacking its most vulnerable citizens?

This Writer would suggest that the UK’s Conservative government is writing the book on how to betray the people who need state help the most.

Women have been disproportionately attacked by Tory cuts since they first slithered back into office in 2010, along with people who have disabilities. It doesn’t take genius to work out that women with disabilities are doubly endangered by a Conservative government.

But now we have the evidence, courtesy of gender equality charities the Fawcett Society and Women’s Budget Group. It shows that:

  • Six in 10 disabled women are struggling to buy necessities from the shop during lockdown. A third have run out of money altogether.
  • A fifth of disabled women said they had lost support from the government during lockdown, while almost half reported having lost help from other people.
  • Six in 10 disabled women are fearful of not being able to access medicine.
  • 38 per cent of disabled women who have children said they were finding it difficult to ensure their children have food to eat during the coronavirus emergency.
  • Disabled women were found to be suffering from social isolation and loneliness more than others — with a quarter saying they had not ventured out of the house once in the last week, in comparison to 17 per cent of all those polled.

But it seems worse is to come with the easing of lockdown, including problems with face coverings – who should wear them, the impossibility of lip-reading – to wider isolation, more cuts and restricted access to services.

And you know what the government spokesperson will do, if challenged? They’ll shrug.

Source: Disabled women in ‘very bleak’ situation as almost a third running out of money in lockdown, study finds | The Independent

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The Tory riders of the apocalypse may soon be complete

Nearly right: The Canary‘s satirical ‘Off the Perch’ column used Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson to stand in for War, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove for Pestilence – but the Tories have created their own posts that, while not quite equivalent, are appropriate.

We may laugh because it’s funny – but we should weep, because it’s true.

Conservative government policies have necessitated the appointment of:

A Minister for Loneliness.

A Minister for Suicide (prevention).

And now we have calls for a Minister for Hunger.

Put them together with Iain Duncan Smith, who will always be the Minister for Death after his time as Work and Pensions Secretary, and the Conservatives have their very own riders of the Apocalypse.

We can’t call them “horsemen” because at least half of them are going to be women.

And, okay, Homelessness and Suicide have replaced War and Pestilence – and suicide is a kind of death.

But the imagery is exactly right.

And the Tory government has been apocalyptic, for thousands upon thousands of people.

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NHS warns against ‘loneliness and isolation’ at Christmas

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Despair: You don’t have to be elderly or infirm to put extra strain on accident and emergency departments this Christmas. In ‘suicide season’, all you need is depression.

Perhaps NHS bosses have been reading Vox Political because this site put out a similar warning almost three weeks ago.

NHS leaders are urging people to look in on elderly friends and neighbours over the Christmas period to ease pressures on hospital A&E departments, according to the BBC.

They’re saying loneliness and isolation can increase the risk of emergency hospital admissions at a time when accident and emergency departments are already facing their highest-ever demands.

In contrast to the Vox Political message, though, they’re saying people are more likely to report health problems in good time if they have someone to tell.

This blog was warning against the possibility that disabled or depressed people – no matter what their age or physical condition – might decide to take their own life in response to constant pressure from the government.

At a time of year that many consider to be ‘suicide season’, this seems a more pressing concern.

The intention of the NHS announcement is good, though.

It’s just a shame that they’re obscuring the facts that make it necessary.

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