Disability campaigner Sue Marsh at Oct20 Rally

The extraordinary Disability campaigner Sue Marsh speaking at Oct20 Rally, in spite of her considerable health issues.  The living nightmare of government cuts to the benefits of the most vulnerable people in society must be stopped and reversed.

Friends, every last one of you that marched today believe in one thing above any other. Justice.
 
You couldn’t sit at home while injustice and exploitation are closing in on us wherever we look.
 
You are the faces, here, today, of so many millions more who are shocked and frightened by the careless way this coalition of clowns are ripping our communities apart.
 
But there is a casual cruelty taking place that is so inhumane, so calculating, right now, here, in the UK in 2012, that it shames us all.  
 
When you get home tonight, home to every corner of our nation, tired but exhilarated, weary but filled with pride – When  you see the vast,  defiant crowd, speaking with one voice, I beg you, to remember this :
 
For every one of you who marched today, a seriously ill or disabled person will lose the Disability Living Allowance they rely on to live with dignity and a little security.
 
This parliament of fools use numbers lightly. They count their losses in billions, their debt, in trillions, those thrown on the scrapheap of their incompetent policies in millions.
 
But THIS – this here, today – is what half a million people look like.
 
But there’s more :
 
A million more – TWICE as many as you marching here today – will be “reassessed” by the French IT company, Atos as fit for work. Their only income ripped away on the hunch of a few millionaires. Every single “report” or “committee” or “enquiry” into Work Capability Assessments have found them “Unfit for purpose”.
 
Coroner’s are reporting this “reform terror” as cause of deaths. Doctors demand WCAs are withdrawn immediately. Appeal tribunals warn that they are swamped to crisis point and beyond. 
 
Hundreds of thousands of profoundly disabled children will see their support cut by an impossible 50% while Osborne’s “Bullingdon Budget” gave millionaires £40,000 extra. Each.
 
The Independent Living Fund – Scrapped
 
Severe Disability Premiums – Scrapped
 
Social Care packages – slashed
 
They are not numbers Mr Cameron, they are LIVES!
 
They are our mothers; our brothers; our daughters and sons.
 
Disease or Disability can strike any one, at any time.
 
We are the sick and disabled people of the UK, so under threat are urgently crying for help against the wind, like a drowning man. 
 
And so, I’d like to leave you with the words of Edmund Burke :
 
 ”Justice will NOT be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
 
PLEASE, STAND WITH US, SPEAK OUT WITH US, WE NEED YOU.
 
PLEASE get outraged, because sick and disabled people in the UK need you as never before. 

2 thoughts on “Disability campaigner Sue Marsh at Oct20 Rally

  1. This is a great speech.

    As I said over at the Diary, in my day job I deal with about three or four people a week who have had their benefits stopped because of the work capability farce. Nearly always I’ve helped get payments reinstated.

    I think Sue Marsh is a credit not just to Disability Rights but to the labour movement as a whole. I hope other, more isolated disabled people out there discover the things she and her colleagues have been doing and start to feel they’re very far from alone.

  2. Pingback: Why didn’t the disabled protestors get more media coverage? | Think Left

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