HomeBlogIllness as ‘Deviance’, Work as Glittering Salvation and the ‘Psyching-up’ of the Medical Model: Strategies for Getting The Sick ‘Back To Work’.
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  • DAVID A SHAW July 25, 2012 at 4:55 am

    The whole ethic surrounding the WCA, noteworthy being ATOS disgraceful handbook notes, their undermining of those far more capable and knowledgeable than themselves, and the shameful treatment of genuinely sick and vulnerable people, along with the obvious collusion of the extreme right wing government we have, is a a very clear indicator of the real purpose of this test and its outcomes. These are clearly stated and the parallels with 1930s Germany are not imaginary. The desire to paint claimants as workshy and that work (normally for large corporations in mundane jobs on workfare ) will make them free in mind and body, is a Nazi model and has nothing to do with any of the complex writings paid for and designed to support the abuse of the vulnerable (anybody who calls themselves a professor and writes for UNUM is simply a purveyor of propaganda, a little like Josef Goebbels ) and use them to obtain free work for no cost and once the stress and pressure cause them to become worse and heaven forbid take their own lives , well who cares? This government certainly do not. People forget the rise of Nazism did not happen over night, is was carefully prepared through propaganda, scapegoating and playing on the fears of the ignorant and self righteous. Tragically we are seeing an attempt to revive this in 21st century Britain . But this time we are prepared, we know are history, and we know the models and methods used to create the utmost suffering for the disabled and vulnerable. One thing can be gleaned without hesitation from this, that never in the field of government since the inception of democracy, has one government done its best to undermine, devalue, and ultimately destroy the lives of those whom are often not capable of withstanding their bullying and evil ways. You will here of their call to attend churches, to do the right thing, and their constant use of the word ‘moral’.
    The truth is they know not the meaning of truth, their idea of the right thing is to destory those whom they hate, and their idea of ‘moral’ is to carry out their ideological extermination programs with no feeling or concern. Both they and their lapdogs in this ATOS are guilty of crimes that defy words, and in a later time both will be held accountable.
    But the bottom line is those who order and demand these things fit the genuine description of physcopath , and i am not afraid to say the behaviour of members of this Government fit that description perfectly. For it is they who should attend a WCA, for they are clearly unwell and in fact should be subject to some kind of order, as they are not only a danger to themselves as they descend into further madness, but a real and present danger to society in general, and what we see before our very eyes is ample evidence of this.

  • muffie02 July 25, 2012 at 5:03 am

    an exellent summation – and a warning to all of the damage these “mind meddlers ” can do with their “psychobable ” , once again we see the serried ranks of “experts” ,few if any of whom have the slightest hint of disability or illness and thus NO practical experiance of it , pontificating on the nature of the mindset of the disabled and sick

    like much of the “psycho” professions – there is little or NO real evidence for their assersions – just theories – propagated by the need for these people to retain and expand both their “professional ” influence and of course income stream with research grants et al

    and here in lies the root cause of or problems “experts ” chasing the ££££££’s be it politicos , who we KNOW from events are not beyond feathering their own nests at the expence of the general poulation – or of these supposed experts – driven by the need to justify their existance in what many consider a “cinderella ” feild of medical “knowlage ” – that is fuled by the constant need to obtain funding to continue their “work ”

    as i have opined elsewhere and before one must always look for the MOTIVE behind anything that is foisted on the people by those in “authority ” – and that motive 99 times out of 100 is money !! – usually them not wishing to share resources ( vis OUR money ) with others – and using pesudo “science ” to aid them in what they consider a worthy cause , that of being the moral guardians of the country and in this case , ensuring all us faking scroungers out here – get their’s – or NOT in this case

    and yet these same “guardians ” in their ivory towers and unvercities – have little or NO concept of the lot of the ordenary working people , having gone from mothers teat , to nanny , to private schools ,univercity , and into well paid non jobs – ask yourself this : how many of THEM have ever done ANY hard physical labour week in week out ?? – again the answer is few if ANY ,and yet they have the gaul to pronounce of the deliterious effects of years of such by honest folk ??

    but does the government employ ANY persons WITH direct experiance of the world of REAL work – of REAL disability and pain ?? – the answer is of course NO , as they would not like the answers they got – and its far simpler to have tame “experts” to forward their vindictive campaigns – after all the old addage of “he who pays the piper – calls the tune ” – is still as relevent to day as ever

    YOU CAN GET ANY ANSWER YOU WANT TO ANY QUESTION IF YOU PAY THE RELEVENT “EXPERTS ” ENOUGH

    but i must be careful – as other wise said experts will brand me a dangerously deluded individual with paranoid socio anti authority tendencies and have me locked away

    RIBBLE – RIBBLE – RIBBLE ( the body may be screwed – but the old grey matter can still spot BS a mile off – espesially from supposed experts ) .lol

  • jeffery davies July 25, 2012 at 11:54 am

    with all this money payed to their mates and firms who manage the sick and disabled and the unemployed would keep them all going with money saved but like labour give it away to their mates making us starve and die whilst they eat their food in piece we starve miss meals daily as ones benefits cut who do they think they are without us they be out of a job but they dont smarting up they can go and doesnt look like as they all seem more of the same ,jeff3

  • Jan Tchamani July 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Neofascism. A worry sign during a recession in a heartless culture that judges the worth of a human as an ‘economic unit’. How much ‘wealth’ (only in £££s in certain circles) is each person ‘generating’. The noble and good judge differently. Good qualities: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (controlling one’s selfish urges, that is). Vices: pride, wrath, envy, lust, greed, gluttony, sloth. Among those who dare to set themselves above us to run the show, I see far more evidence of the latter than of the former.

  • kasbah July 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    A wonderfully thorough piece which exposes what I and countless others have suspected: that the Government is engaged in a type of Orwellian 1984 crusade of doublethink and double speak with statements such as “abandoned to a lifetime of sickness benefits” and an abuse of theories and rhetoric around inclusivity and equality. As all of you above have expounded so well above I need say no more except to say to the government: We see through you. We know what you are doing. We understand the background. But understand this: people, us, the disabled and our carers and families who are fighting for our very survival are gathering together. We are well-informed. We are determined. We will oust you. YOU SHALL NOT PASS.

  • Anonymous July 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    The best researched and comprehensive blog I have read in some time. Very good indeed.
    I trust it lands in the laps of those who have a political mandate driven by true democracy.
    The influence of big business and the global economy which thrives upon driving people into the ground, working fourteen hour days, six days a week in mindless, repetetive tasks for scarecly enough to exist, is going to be a tough advisary.
    How do we change the world and reclaim the intellectual critical mass, from those brought up on popular media propoganda and perceptional paralysis beyond the concept of, “I’m all right Jack?”
    How do we fight a media that demonizes, openly, the sick, elderly & disabled?
    The current news blackouts regarding the events in various parts of Europe, the riots and demonstrations, which are feared by everyone but are erupting because of this political agenda for Austerity.

    I read a book called defying Hitler, a diary by Sebastian Hafner, written before the war and the rise of Nazi tyrany.
    If you havn’t read it, I strongly reccomend it over 50 shades of Grey.
    The sub-text is simple, bullies and ignorant bullies at that, are often psychopaths, hell bent on pursuing an agenda in their heads, which forms the nucleaus of a false reality, through propaganda.
    Atos and the current political agenda is based upon a false agenda that we cannot have something for nothing and we must all go without.
    When clearly, not all of us are.
    As the wealthy are holding all the cards, how do we get them to part with that money and play fairly?
    How do we increase the value of Human life beyond it’s capacity to produce an output?
    How do we care for one another whilst we can, so we may enjoy a meaningful life when we can no longer work, for whatever reason?
    How can we shift the focus from “Arbeit Macht Frei” to a fair days work, for a fair days pay?

    God help us all…

  • Ron July 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Insightful article and one with which I am familiar. There is no doubt that the whole process that this and the previous government are embarking on is FASCISM.

    It is endemic in all that they do, the ascribing of lower values to the poor, the ill, the unemployed, the unskilled, the homeless ,indeed most of the population at the same time as their own reification – FASCISM

    If the uk is not careful it will be too late to reclaim what is OURS not THEIRS

  • kasbah July 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    In psychological terms, the government Ministers are engaged in a well known defence mechanism termed “projection” whereby their own failings, being too unpalatable to bear are projected out onto other people who they then believe are guilty of those very failings- e.g. they can’t bear it that they are over privileged gold-plated scroungers so they “see” this in the poor and disadvantaged and attack them instead of reflecting on and facing their own problems. Some are clearly psychopaths. I think both of these things are going on. A truly deadly and common mix in the powerful.

    Does anyone remember a 4-part tv documentary called “The Nazi’s, a warning from history”? It would be appropriate for it to be re-run, the insights it contains are salient for our position today.
    Anonymous, I shall look up “Defying Hitler” and try to get hold of a copy.

    I believe we need to act urgently to get rid of this malignant Government before it is too late and our hard won rights are dissolved completely. Its later than we think….

  • kasbah July 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    In psychological terms, the government Ministers are engaged in a well known defence mechanism termed “projection” whereby their own failings, being too unpalatable to bear are projected out onto other people who they then believe are guilty of those very failings- e.g. they can’t bear it that they are over privileged gold-plated scroungers so they “see” this in the poor and disadvantaged and attack them instead of reflecting on and facing their own problems. Some are clearly psychopaths. I think both of these things are going on. A truly deadly and common mix in the powerful.

    Does anyone remember a 4-part tv documentary called “The Nazis, a warning from history”? It would be appropriate for it to be re-run, the insights it contains are salient for our position today.
    Anonymous, I shall look up “Defying Hitler” and try to get hold of a copy.

    I believe we need to act urgently to get rid of this malignant Government before it is too late and our hard won rights are dissolved completely. Its later than we think….

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