Archive for May, 2015


Some days I feel really tired…

I had some news today that really made me look at the people around me with new eyes…

People you should be able to rely on to support and believe you… Don’t!

Is it because they don’t believe you or because they don’t see you…

On top of this sad epiphany about someone who I love and who I thought loved me and my family I come home

To a blizzard of emails, 

Mostly about a story going round that Sue Marsh is behind the new idea for a national united organisation for disabled people… 

Well the bottom line is that’s not true… Several people over the last few weeks have talked about it… Some of which have at one point or another worked with the network that Sue Marsh is associated with… Myself included… However all of us with this connection, involved in this new initiative, have not worked for the network for some time, most for many years… 

Personally I have never had a real conversation with Sue, that was more than 140 characters on Twitter, and most of those where in relation to Simon Stevens on a particularly vicious day… We’ve never spoken on the phone or in real life… I say this not to extricate myself from rumor but to point out that everyone thinks they know what’s going on inside a group or organisation… You really don’t… One day I might write it all out but today is not that day… 

Painting some one with the same brush as another is both cruel and exactly what this government does… This disabled persons a faker so they must all be… 

Ask yourself what does the creator of this lie or misinformation have to gain by undermining this endeavour?

I said openly I don’t agree with what Sue did, but I defend her right to work if she wants… 

Her right to define her own destiny… We all want that don’t we…

The national disabled organisation or what ever it ends up being called will hopefully be a united voice that supports and defends the other excellent DPOs out there rather than trying to replace or compete with them… 

It will eventually support individuals and campaign groups, with the unified voice of disabled people and with a fund that can be applied for.

This would be a significant voice for disabled people…

Who would want to undermine that…  ?

Dxxx

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Proposals for a National Disability Organisation something along the lines of a Union, have a read and show your support if you would like to see something like this happen… Dxxx

Read the proposal here

One Voice

Well wasn’t that the worst of all outcomes…

Tragically the lack of a clear opposition has left those of us vulnerable members of society facing an onslaught of welfare cuts that will make the last five years look like a picnic…

Not that I’m scaremongering I’m just trying to get my head round the idea that instead of the short brake I had hoped for before lobbying for a better way, I find my self faced with the continuation of this marathon of a fight to have common sense, justices and compassion win the welfare reform debate.

To that end, i must return to something I blogged about in the my old newby days… Something I believed in then  and still do, that we as a community need to use our assets collectively we need to come together to pool our resources. We need to work together in spite of our differences, because quite frankly our differences are far out weighed by our similarities and common foe.

We need to come together and work together, newby internet campaigners, old school direct activists, DPO’s, lifers and those who are new to disability. We need to do what ever it takes to come out fighting with…

                                                                             One Voice

Since posting this, there has been a lot of talk about the fact that the community are to diverse to have one voice… I think this is a misconception of the intention here… I was referring to a democratic, nothing about us without us, style collective voice…


Dxxx