STILETTO – a high pointed HEEL on a woman’s shoe or a small dagger.
WHEELS – a medieval instrument of torture or a vehicle for personal mobility.
Do you know that I have rarely felt so mad and wanted to shout about it in public? Generally, I am really not a publicly campaigning sort of person at all.
Planet warming. Fat people. Smokers. Immigrants. Economy destroying bankers. Hypocritical self-serving politicians. The education system. The NHS. Wars. Democracy. Abortion. Religion.
Pah. Tolerance is my mantra - live and let live and let me do the same.
Frankly, unless it is possible to engage in an activity from my home between the hours of, say, 6pm to midnight with total flexibility, in response to ill-health and hospital engagements, I am pretty much good for nothing anyway.
Yes, that’s right, shock, horror, like loads of other ill and disabled people, I live a life of enforced curtailment…that’s just how it is when you have a massively paralyzing relapsing/remitting neurological illness or any one, or more, of a myriad of other life limiting conditions that make you dependent on others to get up and out of bed every day and which allow society to discriminate against you...yes, really, it’s tough…every single day!
So, imagine my surprise, to be feeling mad…indeed, furious, about a government green paper which contains a proposal to abolish certain disability benefits, such as Attendance Allowance (AA) and, by implication, other similar benefits, such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Well, OK, not abolish exactly. More of a mealy mouthed proposal to reduce financing – by doing us the favour of taking money currently allocated directly to us, as individuals, to apply to our disparate care and mobility needs – and giving it to central social services so they may allocate available financing to ensure that those who ‘really need’ support get what they – the SS - deem to be appropriate.
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