March 21, 2014 by socialaction2014
A letter a day to number 10. No 689.
Saturday 21 March 2014. I am Spartacus.
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Dear Mr Cameron,
I have received the ESA50 Limited Capacity for Work Questionnaire from the DWP. I can tell you, it strikes terror in my heart to have this form here knowing that I am in hostile territory and at the mercy of a system without mercy. It’s a lose/lose situation because as a disabled man, fill them in or not, my life and well being rests in the hands of a system designed to penalise me at the head of which is the most reviled and vicious man in the UK, Iain Duncan Smith.
I know that you cannot have the faintest idea what this means. You want people who want to get on, but only on your terms.
Despite my disabilities I work hard and I doubt a man like you could work harder because whilst I have to work with my disabilities I have never stopped working for people and to broaden the understanding of the human condition and to help others reach their potential.
I am grateful for the years I have received Disability Living Allowance as it has afforded me the space to continue my lifelong work and to continue to give into the world of humanity I care passionately about. So I do two tasks, I do disability, which is demanding, time consuming and tiring, and I do my life long vocational work for which I care deeply.
All of this means nothing to you as you and your government don’t do individual cases. You don’t even care if people live or die as revealed when you didn’t even attend, or act on, Michael Meacher’s debate where he informed parliament of the 10.600 people who had died within 6 weeks of an Atos assessment. Iain Duncan Smith’s response was to stop releasing the figures for Atos related deaths!
Here’s the thing, though, Mr Cameron. Society is made up of individuals, each defined with an entirely identifiable and provable self. There is no society or group without the unique individuals who comprise it. There is no such discrete living entity as a group, it is an abstraction, an idea, a term for the association of individuals. A group is made up of somethings and it is those somethings which have substance and being. Group behaviour is defined by the actions of the individuals who comprise it, so I can say your party is heartless only because of the heartless actions of the individual members who make it up.
I’ll leave you with an expression championed by Sue Marsh who works tirelessly for social justice and encourages others to do the same and which resounded across the social media in an incredible group response from thousands of people. I am Spartacus!
http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/my-esa50.html — in Peasedown Saint John.