Well, first off I must thank BBC Hereford & Worcester for a strikingly honest and (believe it or not) down-to-earth forum on mental health and the approaching DWP reforms. We’ve still got a long way to go, but I feel this has been an excellent stepping stone righting what we can of a system in turmoil. I’d like to thank everyone who was in my corner and polling for the same result as I am to this impending crisis.
It does occur to me that most MPs are somewhat unaware of the looming problem of Atos and what their ‘assessments’ portend. I think Karen Lumley spoke from the heart on the matter. She did seem genuinely aghast to hear what I had to say, and I appreciate her sympathies. It must not, however, be forgotten that the Conservative dictum of ‘look to the little guy’ to pay off the country’s debt is somewhat inefficacious in its entirety. I’d still like to see the playing fields in corporate conglomeration equalized and fairer treatment of the wealthy — many of them have more money than they know what to do with and it would be nice to see some of that spread around in terms of upper-class tax austerity.
I can only hope that we make some headway in the coming months, as the incumbent rise of Atos and Unum (more on the latter at a later date) in an increasing parliamentary bid for the dissolving of the NHS and the privatisation of healthcare looms in the background.
The best way to create a plutocracy is to start with basic needs that are of grand breadth. Healthcare is a ubiquitous and staggering piece of the riddle of human rights that can only be expressed in exponents. Take it away and we have a nation even worse off than America currently is. I can foresee a time coming in which the super powers of old become developed 3rd world countries, and I can honestly say I have never been less enthused in all my life. So even to those of you who do not qualify as long term sick and disabled, please look out for petitions to balk against benefit and healthcare reforms, as their admonishment will have the trickle-down effect of affecting every man, woman and child in this country.