Ungrateful

I am chronically sick. My illness forces me to rely on income from benefits because I am unable to work. I have just been told that to object to the monarchy and to hold political views while I live in this country where the welfare system looks after me is ungrateful. I can’t begin to address how wrong that idea is.

It stems from the same point of view that says I should lie in bed all day and think about how terrible I am to need taxpayers money to support me. The idea that I do not work so I have no right to any quality of life, to leave the house or to have any enjoyment in life.

It is the same point of view that says that I live on taxpayer’s money, so every tax payer has a right to question how I spend my income, and that I should never spend it on anything nice or entertaining.  The point of view that is jealous of my Motability car because I obviously don’t deserve it and I shouldn’t have a better car than someone who works. (Never mind that the car provides a way for me to get to my medical appointments and to do things for myself rather than require yet more help from the state, and that I lease and pay for it out of a benefit that I already receive.)

These are the views that lead to sick and disabled people being reported for benefit fraud because someone saw them walk a short distance or carry out some task that other people feel makes them fit for work, without any idea of variable health conditions, good and bad days, of doing something despite the pain or the payback later because the task must be done.

These are the kind of views that have allowed the government to actively remove much of the support given and the progress made over the last thirty years in the lives of sick and disabled people. These are the kind of views that lead to disabled people being locked away in care homes to die quietly without bothering anyone. This government has reversed things so much that councils are actually moving sick and disabled people into care homes to save money. Back to the age where they are out of sight, out of mind.

These are the views that led the Nazis to murder 240,000 disabled people between 1939 and 1945, so forgive me if I complain about the government and hold political opinions of my own. I have good reason.

Worcestershire County Council to put disabled into care

Lest We Forget: Eradicating the ‘Useless Eaters’ in the Third Reich [PDF]

Author: Latentexistence

The world is broken and I can't fix it because I am broken. I can, however, rant about it all and this is where I do that when I can get my thoughts together. Most of the time you'll find my words on Twitter rather than here though. I sometimes write for Where's The Benefit too.

7 thoughts on “Ungrateful”

  1. We should all be grateful about being lucky enough to be born into an affluent society with healthcare, education, opportunities etc. What you are describing however is discrimination, being made to feel less than equal due to ill health. Rather than focussing on your level of gratitude surrounding benefits perhaps others should focus on their own gratitude that they have their health. 

  2. Several things make me proud to be British. One is the sacrifice of disciplined, dutiful military folk for each other and their mission, despite the cause. Another is the painstaking effort to do the right thing, or address situations through the rule of law when this goes wrong. I have the same pride when those reliant on care, through no fault of their own, are allowed the dignity of self-expression and the courtesy of a hearing, irrespective of whether the view being expressed is critical of the status quo. Holding up the voices of the less powerful is what made this a tolerant, inclusive country. Keep going.

  3. WTF has the monarchy got to do with the benefits system anyway?  The queen even had the cheekl to ask the government for a welfare handout to heat the fecking palace……… now THATS offensive to the rest of us.  I dont know who it was who thought they had a right to tell you that you are WRONG but they need to keep their opinions to themselves until they can learn a bit more about what it means to be chronically sick and disabled in this or any country. 

  4. All this comes about becuse of the Government policy, divide and rule. And the great English policy of Ia’m aright Jack applied by morons who know no better and care less and shout and complain the most.

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