Rights Not Charity

December 12, 2011 at 9:19 am 6 comments

I will start bysaying I am not against charities, and I recognise the valuable vital woek they do, I’ve worked with several.  However there was one item on  ITVs Text Santa last night that left me fuming.

Prime Ministter David  Cameron pledged £25oK  of Government money to the appeal.  Yes it was a good thing to do,and yes its what most people would want, but lets just think for a minute.  The country is in financial straits, services are being  cut and many people are feeling the effects. I know that charities,  and those involved are good ones,  help the vunerable. The cuts  though are falling hardest on the most vunerable, the very people who need the help of the charities, even more so because of the cuts. 

What many people, ie those not affected don’t understand, is that the cuts don’t just affect the most needy financially.  The cuts to services affect rights, changes to benefits,  support provision, and general public services such as transport, all alter how those who rely on them, and its not just disabled people, can participate in society.  The cuts are taking away not just money but people’s ability to be a full citizen, their choices and rights.

I really hope that Mr ‘call me Dave’ Cameron and his cabinet monsters enjoyed their  ‘nice guy’ moment, its probably the last  they will get for a  while.  In my mind the gesture showed them up for what they are, rights thieves, who think that ‘stealing’ from us can be forgotten, by shoving a few quid at us in charity handouts, they couldn’t be more wrong. We want rights, not charity, but  because our rights are being ‘stolen’ by  the Government, many will be forced to rely on charity handouts instead, just to survive.


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Belinda Shale  |  December 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for the link on our FB group

    I was wondering if we would use this as a guest post on our blogging site please?


  • 3. Jim Kent  |  December 13, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Gov just don’t understand Mr Micawber’s advice that the gap between happiness and misery is just 6d either side of your £20 annual income! Regulatory constraints just make the precipice even harder to climb.

    Have you come across Joseph Rowntree report on “modern-day Social Evils (http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/social-evils-natcen-report.pdf)?

    I found this during the #riots and thought if accounted for much of the current unrest. pp 18 – 20 covers the key underlying factors (big business; the media; government; religion)

    P.S. I didn’t connect via twitter as I don’t like the idea of WordPress.com adjusting my profile – nothing personal.

    • 4. debondisability  |  December 13, 2011 at 9:49 am

      Thanks, I have long thought that the Government, of the day, not just this one,don’t live in the real world. Further they don’t understand the pressures facing those that do. I also agree that the reality of life today was highly likely to have contributed to the riots.

      Don’t worry about not connecting on Twitter you don’t have to.

  • 5. Douglas Mcclair  |  December 28, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Sorry, unfortunately I will have to firmly debate with this story. Yet, I completely grasp that all of us all have our diverse outlook.

    • 6. debondisability  |  December 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Don’t be sorry, I aim to make people think, soesn’t always mean they agree


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