Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hardest Hit protest

Just wanted to add my support to the Hardest Hit protest being held today in London. My son isn't well enough to travel that far and I need to stay here to help with care. I'd be there if I could but like many disabled people and carers it just isn't possible. Thank you to the disabled people who are protesting against the cuts for us. There is a virtual protest on Facebook if you want to support that way -

The reports seem to show a good humoured
march with a few high profile people, people 'chanting' in sign language etc. Wish I could have been there. Having said that, there's so far little report of it in the mainstream news - I suppose that comes of not breaking windows. I believe this is the beginning of a movement where disabled people and carers start standing up for themselves - even if they need a frame or a chair to do it. The cuts for us are real and hitting already with local authority service reductions, closure of facilities already happening, care packages being called in for 'review'.

If you're disabled, stand with us, if you're not, stand alongside us.


  1. I did a lot of writing today but I also had the distinct impression that this march was a "bluff-call" - the lack of media coverage of any weight felt as if it was mostly ignored by the public. As if the Powers That Be were saying "Right, we're ignoring you, what are you going to do about it?"

    I do think it's going to get a lot more strident as a result. I'm bracing myself but my heart sinks at the same time.

    Still, I'll do what I need to for my son, and for yours, and anyone else who isn't there yet but may be if fate decides to roll up someone's name and strike at any time.

  2. Thanks for being there on all our behalfs. I suspect you're right about the ignoring making people shout louder. March got one brief mention on the BBC - it's own survey on cuts is getting rather more this morning.
    Thanks again.

  3. Tried to respond earlier, but blogger seems to have had some problems and lost it.

    The march got a short item on BBC in the morning but was substantially superceded by the BBC's own survey of the cuts to local authorities. I think you're right that people are going to get more strident - particularly if ignored.