If I were living in a country outside of the UK I would be perplexed at the many ways in which the British government is punishing the most vulnerable for the collective debt of the entire nation (though admittedly it is pretty frightening witnessing it all as a queer disabled poc on the inside too). From disabled people to children, hundreds of thousands if not millions are being systematically cut off from the support that ensures their survival. We are paying for the banks, those greedy corporations whose actions led us into austerity. Sickeningly the public are willing to lap up any excuse the richest in our society dream up and it’s always some poor disadvantaged ‘idiot’s’ fault for having everything when the common man has to go without. This jealousy is unfounded and exists in the minds of those who have been easily convinced we are lazy – for not putting on a brave face and getting on with it like the rest of them – when in fact it is those people who are guilty of the very thing they accuse us of. What could be lazier than choosing to let someone else think for you?
You’re born, you go to school, you’re taught to sit in a row on the floor with your arms crossed and your index finger poised over your lips to show how good you are at shutting the fuck up and being told what to do. I was good at all of these things, I won’t lie but I didn’t tick enough of the boxes to ensure my place at the table. I wasn’t like all the others but I wasn’t like them either, I HAD to start thinking for myself. You listened to the bands they said were cool, you styled yourself a certain way to fit in – unless you were too poor in which case you just got bullied – you had to ‘lose’ your virginity without being a slag about it and you got married at the appropriate age, or thoroughly freaked out if you didn’t. You had kids cos that’s just what you do, especially when your biological clock kept showing up in random conversations and trashy magazines. You go to your job that you hate cos it pays the bills and you pay your own way but you haven’t connected the dots between the effort you put in and the miserly payoff you’re killing yourself for (or the monkey cracking the whip). All for the privilege of lording it over others, at least you bring home your bacon (in a world where we are worthy for little more than the ability to accumulate – and piss about with – banknotes). You weren’t born knowing you had to do these things, you did them cos that’s just what you do (and the punishment for deviating from this path is cruel and unforgiving).
What if it wasn’t though? What if you could affect the world for better and change it because it is actually completely within your power to do so? It just requires motivation, honesty and integrity, which does sound like a lot of hard work doesn’t it? But only if you’re lazy. Only if you only have the time to work, eat, shit and sleep. Who wants to think when so much thinking is already done for you? There are people who would like to think but fear the unknown so that it becomes impossible to think of a better way. When you are consumed by fear your energy is focused on protecting yourself instead of working together and dismantling oppressive structures. If you speak out about these injustices you may find yourself embroiled in a conspiracy scandal, accused of doing the most terrible things like redistributing wealth to the needy, as supporters of and indeed Camila Batmanghelidjh herself discovered recently.
What kind of Britain do we find ourselves in when the government withholds support from a leading children’s charity working with some of those most disadvantaged and damaged children in society, especially considering the tories have just recently redefined the meaning of poverty so that a whole bunch of poor people are no longer poor, but only on paper? £3 milllion pounds worth of funding remains unallocated because the Tories want rid of a vocal critic of their work in child protection. Perhaps the embezzlement allegations were leaked by a Tory who thought Britain was suitably torified enough to denounce a woman for appropriating funds where they are most needed. “BUT IT’S PUBLIC MONEY” they insist, as though free money for poor people is the worst thing a society can experience and not say, the same power playing government repeatedly covering up the depravity and loathsomeness of their respected predecessors who probably raped and killed disadvantaged children.
This government does not care about our kids but then we already knew that. It doesn’t care for immigrants, a fact we were sure of when they let those displaced souls drown at sea. Governments have lied to and manipulated their people for centuries and we’ve let them, but now they are threatening to destroy the very fabric of our supposedly democratic and fair society; welfare being one of the pillars of civilisation. It’s managed to convince a whole bunch of lazy thinkers disabled people/foreigners have got it easy. I cannot understand the kind of person who thinks a reduced lifespan and chronic pain is somehow the easier option, or the kind of mind that begrudges people a few small mercies whilst those in power leech millions in maintenance and expenses. I do however believe we should protect and cherish those who publicly give a damn, even if some of their other policies are not 100% to our liking. In a world where our political wing is so dishearteningly disingenuous I’m going to extend my solidarity wherever I feel there is a heart involved and invested in a better future for us all, not just the ones who forget what they saw for money.