Wednesday, 11 May 2011

The Hardest Hit

Today I went along to the Hardest Hit march in central London. So called because the disabled are bearing the brunt of these erratic, slapdash cuts.

Although not according to someone on Twitter who, when I mentioned Hardest Hit this morning replied, 'I presume the cuts will be spread across society and the disabled & handicapped won't be especially singled out.'

I replied 'That would be nice but...,cntnt01,showentry,0&cntnt01entryid=282&cntnt01returnid=98'

To which they replied 'They would say that wouldn't they'

Why so desperate to talk down disability advocates and prove (with no basis beyond assumption and vague opinion) that everything is fine?

Even if it was the case that all the cuts were being made fairly and equally across all social groups, it doesn't take much brain power to conclude that if you take from people at the bottom of the pile at the same rate that you take from people at the top of the pile, the former group will suffer more because they had less in the first place.

Of course that's a very simplistic way of putting it - the Jamiroquai Tax System analysis, for you First of Fun fans - but that's the essential principle.

Ultimately the disabled are a group who rely heavily on services and benefits which are rapidly disappearing. Whereas your average Joe, who doesn't need help with things like getting around, personal care, or any of the other myriad things that non-disabled and non-learning disabled people take for granted, will be squeezed yes, but can generally carry merrily on with his business.

Times might be tight, but for most of us, life is still very much live-able.

The DLA cut for example is not shared, is not fair, and is devastating.

If you require any further convincing just read this:

Right, I'll stop ranting now.

It was a really good march, with a great turnout from lots of different charities and local groups. I went down with some colleagues from Mencap.

Here are my favourite three banners. The first one I love for its wit and the other two for their randomness.

Oh and thanks to everyone who retweeted this.

Thanks to you we did get HardestHit# trending, and I was trending in London this morning too!