Since posting this article a couple of hours ago it has come to my attention that the mainstream media has heavily edited the confrontation between the disabled woman and Theresa May.
This is the perfect illustration of how the media frames the Tory narrative and ignores the issues that people genuinely care about — the Tory trail of destruction.
Here is the Channel 5 News report on the confrontation.
And here is the full confrontation — unedited.
As you can see they breeze past the issues raised by the disabled woman — the VERY REAL SUFFERING and distress. And immediately move on what the Tories want to talk about. They also focus on May’s response, which contains yet more of her lies — SHE IS NOT HELPING DISABLED PEOPLE!
May’s latest policy proposals and her claim to be launching the “biggest ever enhancement of worker’s rights by a Conservative government” is, of course, laughable.
May’s statement includes a proposal to allow people to request time off to care for a relative — does this mean they’ll be paid for it? Probably not, but who cares about details like that (you know the ones that matter).
It also includes the much talked about — but never materialised— worker representation on company boardrooms. This proposal was touted by May at the Conservative’s conference in October 2016 — it was dropped and forgotten by her just a month later (yet another lie from May, her latest limp wristed attempt at this policy, will, no doubt, also be quietly dropped).
The segment them moves on to talk about Corbyn and May infringing on his policy territory.
Almost all of this report is based around the Tory narrative. The disabled woman should’ve been interviewed by the Channel 5 — and they should’ve found out what drove her to confront May.
They also should have included all of the confrontation — and explained as I’ve done in the last article — the damage that the Tories are inflicting on, in particular, the disabled — especially those with mental health illness.
This perfectly illustrates how the Tories get away with what they do — that Channel 5 — the home of the “benefit scrounging scum” narrative should edit this reality out of their news content is no surprise.
Anybody who seriously believes that TV coverage is unbiased in this election (as it is supposed to be) then I’d like you to seriously consider all of the points above.
Reality is airbrushed out of news on a daily basis. This is how your propaganda system works people — learn about it — challenge it — and destroy it.
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.
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).
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.)
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.
Yesterday (9 May 2017) on BBC One snooze-athon The One (brain cell) Show our fearless leader Theresa May finally spoke — addressing her adoring populous (the BBC One Show Producers and Hosts) — alongside a man who she claimed was her husband.
May’s appearance was a sad and desperate attempt by her to appear as if she’s an ACTUAL HUMAN BEING.
Of course, the appearance was designed to appeal to middle-aged/middle-England and her raving fanbase of elderly people and Daily Mail fundamentalists — you know — people who CAN ACTUALLY bare to sit through the mind-numbing blandness of the One Show without shooting themselves in the head, or reaching for the “Osborne Special” — gram of extra strong cocaine — just to get through the experience.
Sitting next to her was her husband — a man. Watching the happy couple pretend to be in love was certainly a sight for sore eyes — especially for me as I was sticking forks into mine just to stay awake.
May has generally kept away from the public — for good reason — she has the Hillary Clinton factor (the more people hear, see, or know about her the less they like her.)
This is precisely why she refuses to talk to the public — apart from a select “lucky” few at carefully, stage-managed events.
May is about as likable as smallpox — if it was a choice between the two at the ballot box — it would still be a rough decision.
All she can offer is “strong and stable” a phrase which normally would only be used to describe an antique wooden table. And yet still the table would be preferable, as at least it really is “strong and stable”, making it about a gazillion times more truthful than the notorious bare-faced liar known as May.
In between this extended fluff-piece (fluffers being extras that give blowjobs between takes to porn stars to keep them going), we were treated to an enlightened segment about the peril of “fake news”.
The BBC has decided that fake news is a huge problem — especially with young people. Although, no real evidence could be provided for this claim — as usual the BBC — took it upon themselves to teach the gullible children how to spot fake news.
Turns out the answer according to the BBC was to trust the establishment media, ie: The BBC.
It is in the spirit that I would like to present my own definitive guide to spotting fake news (one of the biggest threats of our time.)
Choose an article (don’t worry it doesn’t matter which one).
Read it carefully.
CONGRATUALTIONS! You’ve now become an expert at spotting fake news!
Whether they be lying about WMD’s in Iraq and sending us into never-ending wars that cause the deaths 100,000’s of innocent people or making up stories about how everyone HATES Jeremy Corbyn or lying about Labour’s financial policy through their corporately funded spokesperson from the IFS — the BBC is the primary place to get your full dose of fake news (even better than this you’re forced to pay for this shit!)
In fact, it would be more surprising to read something actually truthful on the BBC.
You know, with ALL the relevant facts. Not just some that help supports the case they are trying to make — with a tiny amount of counter fact and opinion to give it the illusion of not being bias. But ALL THE FACTS.
A study after the election by Stanford University showed that fake news is unlikely to have been the reason for Trump’s election.
Yet, the mainstream media cannot seem to make up its mind about this: on the one hand we have commentariats like Owen Jones saying that social media alone is not enough to get Corbyn elected. Then we have the BBC claiming that fake news (mainly spread through social media) is the reason Trump got elected.
Surely then, internet news cannot be both powerful enough to get the president of the US elected, and also so useless that it isn’t enough to get Corbyn elected?
My head hurts from this insane “logic”.
The BBC should actually be embarrassed by the fact that they leave so much information out of the “news” they broadcast — yet, they aren’t and won’t ever be.
The fact this segment was nestled nicely into the May’s “interview” makes it all the more ironic.
The Tories endless lies — calling Corbyn a “national security threat” and “terrorist sympathizer” and all the other stupid fake news shite they come out with — parroted, endlessly, gleefully in the echo chamber of the BBC and MSM.
Yes, the irony is painful.
The One Show — The Tories — The BBC — all the same thing in the end: propaganda.
Can’t wait until they have Corbyn on.
Now, Jeremy why do you hate the country, our freedoms, and national security so much?
We hear that you have plans to make every single child in the country read Marx’s communist manifesto 8 times EVERY SINGLE day — in the completely impossible event of you (ahahahahahahahahah!) winning on June 8 *sniggers* and beating the most POPULAR BELOVED POLITICIAN on the face of our planet! And her wonderful, caring, loving, husband.
Was it your love for the IRA’s well-known terrorist praiser Gerry Adams that inspired you to grow your Osama bin Laden like beard?
There you have it kids: how to REALLY spot fake news…..
Labour kicked off their official general election (GE) campaign in Manchester today (9th May 2017).
During his speech at the event, Jeremy Corbyn slammed the “rigged system” of Tory rule — which has seen grotesque levels of wealth inequality rise in this country since they got into power in 2010.
Corbyn directly attacked billionaire media mogul and Mr Burns look alike (and act alike) Rupert Murdoch.
After slamming the Tories for “ holding back” the potential of our country through austerity and privatization, Corbyn said:
Britain is a rich country – the sixth richest in the world.
We caught a glimpse of that wealth only two days ago when Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times published its Rich List.
In the last year, Britain’s 1,000 richest people have seen their wealth rise by 14 per cent to £658 billion – that’s nearly six times the budget of our NHS.
Imagine the outcry if public sector workers put in for a 14 per cent pay rise.
But it’s no surprise that the richest have got even richer after the tens of billions the Tories have handed them in tax cuts.
That’s what we mean when we say the system is rigged for the rich.
So thanks for making that clear, Mr Murdoch – though I imagine it’s the only help you will give us in this campaign.
In fact, we expect hostility. Our challenge to a rigged system is bound to meet hostility.
And warned that:
there is a real danger that the Tories’ fearmongering and spin machine will make some people settle for less than they should. Resign themselves to things the way they are – underestimating just how many more burdens the Tories could impose if their mission to rig the system for the rich isn’t halted.
We now have 30 days in which to save the country. As Corbyn said today at the speech:
We can transform Britain into a country that – instead of being run for the rich – is a one where everyone can lead richer lives.
So — let’s do it! The stakes couldn’t be higher — this really is our chance to end the neo-liberal hell inflicted on us through Tory brutality.
A recent article by the anti-Corbyn, pro-Blairite website, Labour Vision posed this question:
How can Labour Connect with the Skepta Generation?
Well, it seems the answer to that question may well have been answered. Although Labour Vision and similar Blairite outlets will, no doubt, not approve the answer.
A wide range of UK heavyweight, high-profile lyricists — hip-hop artists — grime MCs — have endorsed Corbyn, and urged young people to vote for him, and therefore Labour at the General Election on June 8th.
The basis of the Labour Vision article was to debate the question: how can Labour reach young people? who have (increasingly) become apathetic towards politics — which they labeled: the Skepta generation.
Skepta being a rapper/grime artist whom Labour Vision feel encapsulates a certain kind of political apathy in young people — an apathy that is reflected by large under-representation of the young at the ballot box.
The OBVIOUS answer to this problem — as I have said a million times before — is to offer policies that appeal to young people — and political honesty from politicians: this will attract young people to the polls, and encourage them to become politically engaged in general.
This is not rocket science or some sort of enigma that only a genius can crack.
IT’S JUST FUCKING OBVIOUS!
Now that Corbyn is leading the Labour Party — currently supported by a large majority of young people — a recent mega-poll finding that if only under 40’s voted then our next Prime Minister would be Jeremy Corbyn — it seems that the obvious solution I proposed is, in fact, the correct one.
Following May’s announcement that there will be a snap General Election on June 8th a wide array of UK rappers and grime artists have endorsed Corbyn’s campaign to become PM.
That Corbyn could reach these supposedly politically apathetic rappers — and therefore likely their fans, and therefore potentially an entire generation supposedly entirely dispossessed from politics — is either down to Corbyn’s clear love of second-wave grime music, or his policies and political honesty.
As much as Corbyn acts like a MOTHERFUCKING O.G. — I think it is the latter that is the more likely explanation.
This election — and the support for Corbyn in general — is driven in large part by generational divides. The fact that an old-school state socialist like Corbyn — a man who is frequently referred to as a national security threat, a floundering-moronic-twat-idiot, and described as exuding all the charisma of an anaemic geography teacher — usually all in the same article — is appealing to young people is, of course, a good thing, but it’s not a shock, or really that strange when you think about it.
It has been put to me that the reason Corbyn is appealing to the young — is because — as we’re young we are therefore idealistic. And have yet to make enough money, and own property — the reasons I am told that so many old people prefer the Tories. Essentially just self-interested and therefore selfish reasons. We (apparently) will grow out of supporting Corbyn and socialist policies in the future as we too will grow up and own property and then become Tory supporting selfish old people.
One major flaw in this logic and hypothesis: millennials are the poorest generation since World War 2, and that won’t change anytime soon. A recent IFS study showed that people in their early 30’s now, currently have on average half the wealth of people born just 10 years earlier — when they were in their early 30’s.
If this rapid decrease in wealth and opportunity continues — as the neo-liberal doctrine dictates it will — then our generation are just the first to experience what will be an inevitable future of ever increasing poverty and misery. It has also been put to me that when young people inherit the wealth of their deceased parents then this will turn us selfish Tory voters — no doubt, it will with some people, yet given that the average age of life expectancy is 81 (and rising), for people like me who are 30 — my parents now in their early 50’s — this would mean I’d have to wait for another 30 years until they die, making me 60, before I have reason to potentially be a Tory voter according to this logic.
Madness, silliness and insanity — and yet old people always come out with stuff like this as an explanation for young people supporting Corbyn.
Either that or it’s idealism that we’ll all grow out of.
Well if it’s idealistic to aim for a welfare system that doesn’t kill thousands of disabled people — then call me idealistic — I hope I’m never so selfish as to consider that acceptable.
Corbyn’s appeal to young black people is also not that surprising — Corbyn was an active campaigner against South-African apartheid, and campaigned strongly against the illegal and endlessly catastrophic Iraq War — often viewed (correctly) as a modern form of imperialism — issues which lie at the heart of black socialist/intellectual movements, and the black community in general.
Whatever you think about Corbyn – I won’t be bullied into submission here — I like him, and support his policies, and determination to stand-up both historically and in the present for what is right — not for the powers that be — but for us — to have this from any politician shows you something.
And it is that kind of character that attracts people from all over, young and old to the Corbyn movement. Whatever you think of him — can anybody imagine Corbyn’s former leadership challengers: Angela Eagle, or Andy Burnham, or (Jesus, now I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel) Owen Smith — ever inspiring such a wide-range of people, from all races — to get involved in politics — to vote and to engage?
Can you imagine if Corbyn wins and becomes PM? JME could rap the national anthem…I’d imagine (and hope) that a new meaning would be given to the lyric “God save the Queen”.
Corbyn has urged young people to register to vote before May 22 as he knows this is one of his best (if not only routes) to any possible victory — millions of people (especially young) still remain unregistered to vote.
So if you give a fuck about the NHS, disabled people, disgusting tax breaks for millionaires and corporations, Drs, Nurses, schools, children, poverty, you know pretty much everything the Tories have destroyed and stolen from us — then do something about it.
Boy better know! (now, man better know, so I’m told).
I’m going to share a story with you guys now — some people may find this traumatic — consider this a warning.
I’ve witnessed first-hand a suicide — it was at a train station. I saw a man throw himself into the side of a speeding train. I was in shock and everything went into slow motion. The station was thrown into a quiet surreal panic, with me and the approximately 20 other passengers on the platform — staring — not knowing what to do. After about 2 minutes a station guard ran out and hurried us off the platform.
As we left we walked through bits of brain, ligaments, and the sight of a man whose head had been split in half like a watermelon — I had never seen anything like this before — the colour of the blood was the reddest you could imagine. That colour — that vivid colour — will stay with me for life. I see this image in my head sometimes at night — the man’s dead lifeless corpse, whom I had witnessed springing into the side of the train full of life just minutes earlier. Women and children cried.
I read about the suicides that the government is causing, and I am hit directly by the trauma that such an event causes. The callousness with which such an act is treated by not just the government, but those who support both directly, and tacitly is a cause for eternal sadness in my heart.
I personally do not discount suicide as an option — it’s my life and if I choose to end it I will. Having said that, I hope I never have to.
The aftermath of this event was the icing on the cake. Eventually, I managed to get a train home — upon getting there I looked on the web to find out more information about the event. On the train company’s Twitter feed it was full of people complaining about the man’s selfish act — people indignant that their train had been delayed — their day RUINED!
Well, I say to those people that if they had witnessed the pain in the man’s eyes as he jumped they may refrain from such language and thinking.
Suicide is selfish to some degree, but at the same time, it is very VERY EASY to simply blame the person who has committed the act. Far harder — and more damning for us — to ever comprehend why people choose to kill themselves in the first place. This is a shame that we share as a selfish nation — and then you expect me to cheer and unite around this country. FUCK YOU.
Today is the anniversary of the event — life is always going to be traumatic, but we need to start talking about suicide, treating it honestly, and most importantly get to the root cause of why people do take their lives in the 5th richest country in the world.
Whenever I speak about this event it is usually greeted by an awkward silence — people don’t know what to say: this is understandable, but none the less puts those who are a part of suicide in a very isolated position — we need to become more grown -up and honest about how we deal with these issues.
Uncomfortable taboo subjects do not disappear just because we don’t talk about them — and the suffering at the heart of them does not get solved through this kind of blissful ignorance.
None of this will bring back the man who I saw kill himself — but perhaps it would prevent such unnecessary pain for others in the future.
One final note: a similar article to this was pitched to the Guardian and rejected on the grounds that it wasn’t suitable.