For goodness sake make it stop!!!!
Some seriously scary articles have been popping up - should I say exploding like grenades? - all over my laptop lately. If what I write doesn't worry you, then these should surely cause concern?
Firstly http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13855&thebloc=27880 The largest disability groups in Europe unite to take a case against France - yes France - to the European Court of Human Rights over the forced sterilisation of 5 disabled women. A eugenics case going to court in a developed nation.
Here's a lawyer, blogging about his experience of representing a cancer patient who failed her Work Capability Assessment for Employment Support Allowance http://frontlinehackney.blogspot.com/2011/07/cancer-who-gives-atos.html
Anyone interested in any small way in free speech, might want to read the latest posts on the CarerWatch blog. A site that provides support for carers as well as sick and disabled people, who's private, members-only, forum was closed down last week without any warning or explanation. ATOS Heatlhcare, the private company who conduct work assessments for the government, asked the American hosting company to close down the forum, seemingly without directly contacting CarerWatch - a moderate, intelligent, campaign group. http://carerwatch.wordpress.com/ The matter is now under discussion.
This article suggests that the government's Work Programmes, charged with getting unemployed, sick and disabled people into work, are "facing collapse". http://indusdelta.co.uk/story/work_programme_risk_financial_collapse_says_social_market_foundation/7362
it seems that in a characteristic flash of smoke and mirrors, the DWP have set performance targets so unachievable that at least 90% of the organisations involved, risk having their contracts terminated.
Shall we end on farce? This article in the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2011/aug/24/mobility-scooters-satellite-tracking-money-saving-measure?CMP=twt_gu reports on plans from Manchester council to "track mobility scooters" and - wait for it - send dementia patients text messages 4 times a day to remind them to take their medications rather than go to all the cost of pointless nurses!!
Bleep - Text - "Time 4 yr meds Mr Parker
Mr Parker - "Oh yes, meds. which meds?.... Potters off
Gets to kitchen. Makes a coffee.
Bleep. Text - 4mg Genericol
Mr Parker - Mmmm, nice coffee.......