How many times do we read in the papers these days about the unemployed, disabled benefit scroungers who, if you would believe the media, are STEALING DIRECTLY FROM YOU?
Every day the media tries to whip up a frenzy about people FAKING illness to fund their booze, fags and 50" television filled lifestyles. Now don't get me wrong, I know that there are people out there who are cheating the system, but let us cut to the point here, it is nowhere near as many as the media AND politicians would have you believe.
Yesterday I read an article in the Daily Mail, the link is here if you feel like immersing yourself in filth for a moment. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3158036/Benefits-claimant-says-crippled-work-caught-lifting-17-stone-mobility-scooter-stairs-flat.html It talks about a Benefit Claimant caught lifting a 17 stone mobility scooter, says how much he receives a month and includes a picture of characters from Little Britain, Lou and Andy, you know the one, the one who gets out of his wheelchair constantly. The article is designed to make you angry, angry at all the benefit CHEATS out there, the scroungers, the scum who are taking your money.
But what if it isn't like that? What if it isn't like that at all?
I wanted to rewrite the article. I do not know if this is true, but neither do the Daily Mail KNOW that their version is true. There are many many people out there with invisible illnesses who claim benefit, benefit they NEED to survive, to eat. Tomorrows Daily Mail headline could be one of these people, "DISABLED WOMAN GOES TO THE SHOPS"
What The Daily Fail doesn't realise is that this woman HAS to go to the shop, she has no support system, no-one who can get the things for her that she needs, so she goes to the shops, to get FOOD, and then spends the next three days in bed recovering. Do the Daily Mail mention that? Of course not. Let us not even start on people with Blue Badges who "don't look disabled" that is a whole other post. but here is a side note, they don't give those Blue Badges out for fun. Don't be a cunt and tell someone they don't LOOK disabled, its rude, and quite cuntish.
Here is my version of the Daily Mail article, I would love your thoughts.
A 50 year old man, Gwynfor Jones, who worked all his life, until a crippling knee injury forced him to quit work in 2009, has spoken today about how he is so fearful that his mobility scooter, his lifeline that he relies on to get around, will be stolen that, despite his illnesses that include 6 heart attacks, a minor stroke and a kidney blockage, he is forced to lift the 17 stone scooter into his house each night to keep it safe.
Mr Jones spoke about how it can take him over half an hour to take the scooter inside and he risks injury every time he does so, yet he cannot take the chance that it will be stolen in the high crime area that he lives in. Mr Jones, a father of two needs his scooter to remain independent, as without it, he would be dependent on others to do simple tasks that currently he can do for himself, giving him self sufficiency, pride and independence.
Is it not a shame that a man who worked all his life until injury forced him to quit work and claim benefits to which he is fully entitled is unable to leave his scooter outside for fear of it being stolen.
So as I said, I don't know if this is the truth, but neither do the Daily Mail, there are plenty of disabled people out there who claim benefit, and can do things in short bursts, because they NEED TO, CAN DO, or WANT TO. This doesn't make them scroungers as the media would have you believe.
The best quote I can find that relates to this whole situation.
“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
What do you think? I would love your thoughts on this.
Let me know.
Big Fashionista x x x