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Stop Bullying our Vulnerable

What our government are doing to and saying about our vulnerable is bullying.

With each and every new welfare policy they bully our vulnerable and children while pushing them further into poverty.

With each and every hate-filled news story and feature splashed across their pages our mainstream media is complicit in this insidious bullying.

Say enough bad things about a person or a group of people enough times and it becomes truth.

And the masses gobble it up glad it’s not them who are being picked on.

Before you know it society’s vulnerable are the scourge: the reason for all the problems our country faces.

You may have heard this before but let me reiterate it: our country’s economic problems have not been caused by disabled people, the unemployed, single parents, chronically ill people, low paid workers or immigrants. They have been caused by the economic policies of government present and past.

Unfortunately, children of all ages experience bullying every day in schools. And only a brave few are willing to stand up for the bullied.

Bullying, and the failure to effectively deal with it, in schools is so widespread that This Morning launched a ‘Be Kind‘ campaign earlier this year to encourage teenagers and children to be kind to each other in a bid to help stop this destructive bullying.

But how can we expect our young people to understand why they should be kind to each other when they see hatred, exclusion, blame and bullying from those in charge and in every mainstream media outlet they see?

Bullying has become the norm in British society right from the very top. As has the failure to stamp it out. Instead we force victims to change and/or leave schools while the bullies continue to rule the roost.

But This Morning is right. We should all be being kind to each other.

Regardless of your position in life all it takes is one accident, one genetic issue, one stroke, one cancer diagnosis, one job loss for any one of us to become one of the bullied vulnerable.

Will you stand up for them now, stand with them, stand for them? Or will stand quietly with the bullies and continue to force the bullied vulnerable to change, to hide, to die hungry and poor, to fight for the lifeline of benefits and disability cars that will quite literally save their lives?

Because we are all just one accident away from becoming so vulnerable we rely on the state and our fellow humans to look after us.

Stop bullying. Be kind. Look after each other, stand up for each other.

Yes, I am looking at you Theresa May, Philip Hammond, Rupert Murdoch, et al.

#stopfundinghate

#bekind

#stopbullying

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Budget 2016, ESA Cuts, PIP and Welfare Cuts

Until a ’cause’ directly impacts upon your life you have little interest in it, it is not important to you and does not affect you in any way.

Perhaps you can feel sympathy towards people afflicted by disability, mental health issues, poverty, homelessness but as it doesn’t directly affect you’re less likely to campaign for it.

With Teengirl’s diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome disability suddenly directly affected us. And Teengirl is now eager to get involved in helping change things for people with disabilities.

Last night after a long chat about why the world isn’t more disabled friendly we came to the, not too startling, conclusion that it’s because it affects a minority not a majority.

Those not affected by it don’t ever consider it.

Before I had children I’d no idea how hard it would be to get across London on the tube with a baby  in a buggy. Prior to losing my job last year I hadn’t considered how people on benefits were made to feel like scroungers and how welfare cuts and changes would impact upon vulnerable people who have been propelled into joblessness through no fault of their own.

During our chat we realised that our current (and previous) government is made up of people who have never experienced the things that are important to many of their constituents. So they disregard them because they don’t what it’s like to have their lives crash around them suddenly.

How many MPs have ever had to claim benefits? How many are single parents? How many MPs are disabled? How many have suddenly lost their job without a safety net? How many MPs have lived on less than the average salary? How many have struggled with mental health issues? How many MPs have had their lives turned upside down in a car crash?

How many MPs actually access the NHS? How many have chronic illnesses? How many MPs have got to the end of the month, looked at their bank account and realised there’s only £20 left and had to make the hard decision between food or electricity?

How many politicians have lived in real poverty?

You see, if the people with the control over our country have not experienced the many various issues that affect so many of us in so many different ways they cannot effectively, considerately and consciously govern.

Because they disregard so much of what affects us because they’ve never lived it or felt the impact upon their lives.

It’s time, I think, for our Houses of Parliament to be filled not with sociopaths, nepotism and moneyed old boys but with men and women who have lived in the real world.

I want to see a government made up of people with disabilities, single parents, people who’ve experienced real poverty, people with mental health issues, working class heroes, middle and upper classes, all colours, all religions, all sexualities, young people – all together in one big melting pot of a parliament truly representing the people of this country.

With each of them earning an average wage and a normal level of expenses.

Not a parliament filled with people representing the good of the party, people chasing the money, fame (infamy in some cases), power and control with no knowledge of real life.

I’d step into the political arena in a second but there’s no party I could affiliate myself with.

None of them represent me or the future of my children. 


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