Maria Miller must go now – The Observer, Sunday 19th February 2012

Miller the Killer

Maria Miller must go now

We, the undersigned, have no confidence in Maria Miller‘s abilities as minister for disabled people.

We believe that she should resign from her position for the following reasons.

She has failed to fight hard enough to ensure that disabled people receive a fairer assessment of their capabilities and she appears ignorant of how the proposed cuts to legal aid and closure of Citizens’ Advice Bureaux will limit access to justice and advice for thousands of disability living allowance recipients.

She disregards experts who have made it clear that the work capability assessment in its current form is not fit for purpose.

She also defends not only the changes from incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance that have led to many people being wrongly assessed and some terminally ill people being passed fit to work, but also the proposed change from disability living allowance to personal independence payments, which will take away the benefit from many needy people.

She has announced that the independent living fund will be closed down in 2015 and failed to consult with severely disabled people who use it.

She is also responsible for introducing the plan to charge lone parents to access the service that will replace the Child Support Agency, when organisations such as Gingerbread have opposed the idea because of its damaging effect.

Furthermore, she failed to take a sufficiently strong public stand to protect disabled people from disability-based discrimination, prejudice and hatred.

She misled the public by claiming that there is not a shortage of jobs but a fear of work.

And she supports Workfare.

Nick Parker

President, Lincoln & District TUC and 212 others (see list online)

Paul Smith – Atos Victims Group

Ben Rickman, Secretary, Brent TUC

Gawain Little, President, Oxford & District TUC

Nicola Dodgson, Reigate, Health Worker, Unison Member, Anti-Cuts

campaigner, OU Student

Cllr Ian Rathbone, Hackney Council

King’s Lynn & District Trades’ Council

The Broken of Britain

Esther Foreman, disability rights activist

Wandsworth Against Cuts

Caroline Raine, Oxfordshire Anti-Cuts Alliance

Nick Grant, NUT, NEC Outer London

Jerry Hicks, Chair, Grass Roots Left

Gerry Downing, Secretary, Grass Roots Left

Ian Scott, Treasurer, Grass Roots Left

Freya Vinten, Anti-Cuts campaigner

Brent Fightback, Anti-Cuts campaign

Julie Waterson, Secretary, HTUC (Hackney TUC), Joint Secretary,

HatDS (Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services)

Hillingdon Against Cuts

Hillingdon Socialist Party

Mick Houghton, Secretary, Greater London Association of Trade

Union Councils (GLATUC)

Occupy Birmingham

Lucie Hill-Hempsted, Chair, Mums Against the Cuts

Loraine Hardy, Treasurer, Nuneaton Against The Cuts

Patricia Walker, Virtual Resistance

Katie Millward, Nuneaton Against The Cuts

Mohammed Ansar

Carole Robinson, Anti-Cuts campaigner

Diary of a Benefit Scrounger

Eleanor Lisney, disability rights campaigner

Brent Solidarity Group

Boycott Workfare

John McArdle, Black Triangle Campaign

DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts)

Cllr Jude Robinson, Labour & Cooperative Unitary Councillor,

Camborne North

John McDonnell MP

Danka Gordon, disability campaigner

Sue Horne, MS Sufferer

Belinda Washington, disability campaigner

Andrew Jackson, Clitheroe

Katerina Kyriacos, Stop CSA Charges

Catherine Quinn, Stop CSA Charges

Maria Quinn, Stop CSA Charges

Patricia McGlone, Stop CSA Charges

Kevin McilKennon, Stop CSA Charges

Anya-Nicola Darr, Devon

Sue Ayre, CSA – If We Have To Pay We Want Our Say!

Martin Parker, London

Ian Sedgwick, disability campaigner

Julian Silverman, political activist

Veena Sharma, NUT

Adam Lotun, Workplace Disability Adjustments

Joe P, London

Bill Kruse, London

Gail Victor Ward, disabled person

Paul Clark, London

Rick Burgess, Ten Percent, Anglesey.

Kat Mason, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Kevin Green, Kirkcaldy, Fife

Amanda Adlem, Southampton

Dorothy Wright, disability campaigner

Barbara Smith, Carer

Jayne Linney, Leicester

Helen Sims, Bristol

Darren William Bartlett, Solihull

Ann Spilsbury, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Alan Barrett, Stoke-on-Trent

Beccy Moore, Bristol

Rhondda Lesley, Leicester

Ivan Thomas, Wolverhampton

Helen Thomas, Bridport

Martyn Ounstead, Wrotham

Dave Birdstall, Social Welfare Advocacy

Steven Preece, Social Welfare Advocacy

Joanne Bayliss, carer, mum to two disabled children,


Fiona Bott, carer of disabled husband, Telford

Rob Slaney, Nottingham

Peter Peerless, Croydon

William Braquemard, Dalton Piercy

Johnny Wheelz, Edinburgh

Christine McCabe, Cambridge

Graham Askew, Cambridge

Julie Ann MacKay, Salisury

Sarah Nicholson, Liverpool

Zena Dodgson, disabled person

Neil McKenna, Chester

Anthony Roberts, Hertfordshire

Pam Roberts, Hertfordshire

Kathy Fox, Norfolk

Maurice Fox, Norfolk

Garry Sclater, Exeter

Tricia McIntyre, Glasgow

Kleio Nicky Bennett, Staffordshire

Laura Bennett, Staffordshire

James McIntyre, Glasgow

Jules Finch, Atherton, Nr Manchester

Sarah Ledsom, Wirral

Barry Ledsom, Wirral

Bridget Atkins, Cramlington, Northumberland

Hazel Quinn, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Atos Miracles, Facebook group

Dawn Hanson, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Billy Hanson, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Mumtaz Rafiq, Manchester

David Chowcat, Treasurer, BPAC (Brighton People Against Cuts)

Mary Stuart, Teacher of young people with learning difficulties,


Angie Freeman, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Debbie Barrett, Tonbridge, Kent

Andrew Preacher, Spalding, Lincolnshire

Phil Saint, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Paul Carruthers, Hertford

Simon Jones, Dorset

Gordon Johnston, Clackmannan

herese O Hanlon, Salford, Manchester

Robert Moore, Paisley

Kev Towner, Hastings, East Sussex

Campaign Against Destruction of Disabled Support Services, Barnet

Pauline Killick, Tamworth

Karen Hirons, Carers’ Association, Southern Staffs

Philip Baldwin, Kent

Garry Hirons, Constituency Chairman (Labour party), Tamworth

Kezia Bennett, Cornwall

Finn Raven, Falmouth

Lorraine Malyan, Durham

Frances McGinley, Lecturer, Skills For Life, London

Sonja Pederson, Hampshire

Steve Catchpole, Suffolk

Michelle Hunter-Gray, Staffordshire

Diane Foster, Doncaster

Janet Weston, Liverpool

Max A Wootton, Leeds

Adrianne Sebastian-Scott, London

Gary Moir, Paisley

Sasha Callaghan, Past President, University and College Union

Craig Turnbull, Cambridge

Rosie Harrison, Cornwall

Sarah Blackley, Scotland

Dorothy Stuart, Bedford

Bill Macleod, Falkirk

Michael Runcone, Fife

Tansy Feltis, London

Del Pickup, IWW, Sheffield

Keith M Ross, Swansea, Wales

Chris Ray, Birmingham

Diane Watson, Cambridge

Susie Stewart, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Gillian William, Bognor Regis

Monica Tomlinson, Liverpool

Nick Dawson, Wollaton, Northants

John Sweeney, Maldon, Essex

Susan Whelan, Burnley

Gaynor Underhill, Oxford

Lea Jeff, Basingstoke

Jerome Green, Letchworth

Caroline Hexter, New Milton, Hants

Michelle Maher, Brighton

Cllr Carole Bonner, Labour, Fieldway Ward, Croydon

Andy Ingram, Canvey Island, Essex

Mandy Ingram, Canvey Island, Essex

Sarah Law, Essex

Mike Smart, Chesterfield, Derby

Julie Ann McKay, Salisbury

Rosey Carey, Penzance

Julie Finch, Atherton

Bill O’Neil, S Ayrshire

Doreen Buress Garza, Wisconsin

Amy Ratter, Shetland

Antoinette Morris, London

Liz Potter, Derbyshire Anti-Cuts Campaign & Action for Carers in

Erewash, Derbyshire

Deborah Mahmoudieh, Occupy Sheffield

Jo Twist, Leicester

Kassie Davidson, Nottingham

Katrina Kiki Day, North London

Nikx Robinson, Leeds

Dave Jenks, Wrexham, North Wales

Nicola Everill, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Robert Bland, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Dave Tarbrook, North Wales

Jill Goble, Brighton

Yvonne Bolton, Preston, Lancs

Brad Walker, Cornwall

Suchi Chatterjee, Brighton

Barbara Taylor, Harrogate

Babs Knightly-Short, Exmouth, Devon

Atalanta Kerrick, Cornwall

Eirlys Dafydd, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire

David White, Treharris, Mid Glamorgan

Andrew Duncan, Exeter

Dave Rendle, Cardigan, Wales

Theresa Kelly, Plymouth

Anisa Zita, Hackney, North London

Aoife Tobin, Brighton, Sussex

KJ Walsh, Liverpool

Rob Joy, Southampton

Chris Wright, Ringwood, Hants

Elizabeth Beth McDermot, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

Robert Levy, Plymouth

Alexandra Gout, Harrogate

Colin Finch, Mitcham, Surrey

Michael Meny-Gilbert, Brighton

Tracey Malson, Doncaster

Delyth Protheroe, Carmarthenshire

Marion Lambert, Cleveland

Becky Lowe, Swansea

Will Steer, Holloway, London

Jane Anne Leach, Droitwich

Catherine Mosey, Coventry

Sharon Hingley, Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire

Ali Cooper, Liverpool

Annie Bishop, Hexham

Alison Smith, Telford

Maria Mannix, Newcastle

Sarah Blackley, Glasgow, East Renfrewshire

7 thoughts on “Maria Miller must go now – The Observer, Sunday 19th February 2012

  1. MiKi67 says:

    Maria Miller : yet ANOTHER Nazi eugenecist in this despicable ConDem government. Direct action is the only remedy left to resist the ‘government’ ramming through their fascist policies.

  2. MiKi67 says:

    Kill ’em all! That is the mantra of this shower of shit,as they sit in our most corrupt of Parliaments,preening & smirking as they ConDem millions to total poverty,illness & death.
    May they all die,screaming.

  3. John Hargrave says:

    How can this woman be Minster for the Disabled, she wouldn’t know a disabled person if a ran over her foot (in a wheelchair of course). She should never have had this job in the first place. She is public enemy number one for the blatant disregard she has for disabled the right thing Miller and crawl back down to the sewer you came from.

  4. IfIMay says:

    Reminds me of Louis XVI’s Versailles, one can only hope the outcome is similar…Time for the third estate to get a real voice.

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