Theresa May has finally been confronted by an ACTUAL disabled person — a woman who has been directly impacted by brutal Tory austerity cuts — during one of May’s rare ventures into public as she continued her election “campaign” in Abingdon-on-Thames today.
The woman who said she suffers from mental illness and learning disabilities confronted a startled May, saying:
Are you going to help people with learning disabilities and mental health? Because, I stick up for the mental health AND for the learning disability
She then said that they “chucked me out of the Mind” (referring to the mental health charity).
The woman pleaded with May:
I want my Disability Living Allowance to come back — not have PIPs and get nothing
I can’t live on a £100 a month — they took it all away from me
As May tried to deflect — the woman stood her ground. She continued saying:
The fat cats keep the money — and us lot get nothing!
She continued to plead with the PM:
who’s going to help me?
May tried to deflect away from the broader issues. May responded:
I’m sure…we’ll find a way — what you’re talking about — for YOUR case..
Before being shut down by the woman who said:
No! For everybody! Not just for me! I’m sticking up for them, because I go to a club for disabled people…I’m sticking up.
WATCH FULL CLIP: This is an unedited version of the clip. The mainstream media has shown varous versions all of which contains edits.
May showed that she is completely unable to handle the situation — or provide the woman with any actual help, or help for the disabled community whom the woman was bravely representing.
May responded by spouting about helping disabled people — and how she wants to: “focus on those who are most in need”.
The woman finished by saying:
I’m vulnerable to everything (so I been told) and I don’t get nothing — so you better help me — please!
The woman then walked off saying:
May was left looking flustered and bemused — her usual reaction when confronted by a member of the public.
She was also confronted by a man during the same visit who grilled her on the Tories appalling record of house building and ownership.
This is precisely why May generally does her best to stay away from the public — because whenever members of the public speak to her — they simply aren’t buying her shit — and they aren’t very impressed by May’s much touted “record”.
The disabled woman spoke — not as an isolated person — for whom the system had gone wrong. But as somebody who wanted to represent the very real chaos, destruction and misery inflicted on the disabled by May and the Tories.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is gradually being replaced by Personal Independence Payments (PIP) as the main non-means tested benefit for disabled people. So far the system has been a complete disaster. Over 60% of disabled people are wrongly assessesed under PIP — with many being found (incorrectly) to be unentitled to the benefit — and having to wait months to go to appeal (sometimes this can be as long as a year) before they have the decision overturned, and given the correct award.
Meaning that they can be — essentially left — without anything to live off for up to a year, whilst suffering (often ) severe disabilities.
Further to this nearly half of disabled people subjected to “planned reviews” of PIP have their existing award cut, or removed completely according to figures obtained by the Disability News Service (DNS).
After the government lost a court case a few months ago – which found in favor of awarding people with certain mental illness the higher rate of PIP — the Tories decided to ignore the ruling.
Meaning that around 160,000 disabled people are simply punished by the government for having a mental illness. The Tories said that the higher rate of PIP was never intended to be extended to certain mental illnesses, yet the courts disagreed with them, finding in favor of disabled people with mental illness.
Further to this, of course, is the fact that hundreds of disabled people have killed themselves because of the DWP’s brutal (and frankly insane) decisions since the Tories came into power in 2010. Furthermore, we know of at least 2,000 cases where people have died shortly after being declared fit for work by the DWP (the numbers for both, could be much higher — the government is intensely secretive about all of this.)
Our Benefit system has been condemned by the United Nations (UN) and subject to 3 investigations by them. One of the reports found that The Tories are guilty of “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people.
The brutal Tory assault on the disabled has all happened under the guise of austerity — saving money — the fact that it hasn’t saved money – it has probably cost more, and in the process caused so much fear and misery should be enough to abandon this madness. This cruelty.
The woman who confronted May today shows us exactly who the Tories are — behind the facade of “helping” the “right” people. May’s recent pledge to help those suffering from mental illness being illustrated for what it really is: farce.
When the Tories — when May — is confronted by one of their victims they have nothing to say — nothing to offer — and simply don’t care.
Well done to the woman today — I personally thank you for your bravery – and for standing up against the Tory scum.
No doubt, May will increasingly be confined to her safe space — so as to avoid these kinds of reality checks that break her carefully crafted and stage managed persona.
Most popular politician in the country?
NO — she – and her Tory pals are some of the most HATED people in the country. And almost everytime May meets the public they tell her why. And May shows that she couldn’t care less about them, us, or anything other than her rich pals.