How you feeling out there?
despairing over food prices, petrol prices,
cost of fuel, academy schools,
GCSE regrades, benefit cuts, ATOS cruelty,
disabled suicides, kids stealing food,
no breakfast clubs at school, no ESA,
university fees sky high,
workfare as P**ndland profits rise,
bed and breakfasts fill to the brim with families
living in grim thin-walled rooms?
How you feeling, out there?
Patrician classes making money
off the backs of the poor plebs
who wanna pay big bucks for
tax evading taste deficient coffee
while the media omit to feature our burgeoning
Vergin’on the ridiculous
Workless, Feckless, Badgered?
Calm Down Dear.
I am marching tomorrow because it is still one thing I can do to protest the cynical, cruel and calculating cuts being perpetrated by this coalition government. I find myself in the unforeseen position of not believing a Labour government to be the answer, which is scary, as I have been a lifelong supporter until recently. The future is precarious for many of us at the moment for all kinds of reasons. For those of us who are homeless, unemployed, sick, disabled or who are single parents it is acutely worrying.
FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS WHILE YOU STILL HAVE THEM. THEY ARE BEING ERODED.
n o f u t u r e b u t t h e w i n d s t i l l b l o w s t h r o u g h t h e t r e e s p l ay s w i t h t h e l e a v e s a n d m o v e s w h e r e i t w i l l a n d s o m e o f u s a r e l i k e t h a t s t i l l a n d w o n ‘ t b e t o l d s o l d o l d o r p i t t e d a g a i n s t a n o t h e r ‘ s b r e a t h . .
Take a deep breath before you read this by Dorries in the Daily Mail today-it goes for the emotional jugular- and then imagine how you would feel if you had to have ‘independent’ counselling of the kind Dorries is advocating. Dorries thinks there are too many abortions happening and the amount could be reduced significantly if this second tier is introduced:
Dorries: “I am pro-choice and pro-women’s rights”
Now think about the ‘support’ being offered to mothers by this ‘government’: cuts in housing benefit, cuts in support for childcare costs, cuts in working tax credits, forcible return to work that doesn’t exist, benefits taken away completely, scapegoated if you are a single parent for all the ills of ‘broken Britain’…
Here is a quote from a recent Daily Mirror piece on what the ‘coalition’ have done for women:
“..Since coming to power the Coalition has cut the childcare element of tax credits, abolished the health in pregnancy grant, raised the threshold for child benefit and put hundreds of sure start centres at risk.
Chancellor George Osborne’s deficit reduction plan is taking £4.20 a week on average from men and £8.40 a week from women says Labour’s equality spokeswoman Yvette Cooper. Campaigners say women are also unfairly penalised by the Government’s cuts to public services. Women make up 65% of the workforce in schools, hospitals and local government. And in the NHS 73% of the staff are women…”
Here are two extracts from Zoe Williams’s recent interviewing Dorries:
“It’s only a few days since I heard Anne Marie Carrie, chief executive of Barnardo’s, bemoan the fact that the proposed universal benefit cap will actively force large families to split up and live as two households. “I’d want to check that before I commented on it,” Dorries says. But it’s obviously true: if you cap benefits by household, it’s only logical that a family with, say, four children, would be better off as two single-parent units of two children each. “Well, Iain Duncan Smith would never introduce a benefit that would break up a family,” she insists. “I know Iain well, and everything he champions, pursues, pushes, is to create and support and reinforce relationships.” So that’s all right then.”
“…To return to those measures: moving guideline responsibility on abortions from the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) to Nice sounds fine, but validates the claim that the RCOG is motivated by profit and not female welfare, which I am amazed members are not more furious about. I’m also surprised they’re not better defended in parliament, because it is a slur. In any case, it’s not their fault we keep getting pregnant by accident. They bust a gut to give us contraception. This “independent counselling” amendment insults the BPAS and other abortion providers on the same grounds. I remain sceptical Dorries really is pro-choice, and I’m even more sceptical 20 weeks is really the limit she’d like to stop at. She is eroding the good name of people who support abortion and, if she succeeds, this will leave women’s rights, in years to come, poorly defended…”
We can’t let this happen. Women fought long and hard for reproductive rights and health…there are good reasons for the system we have currently in place. Don’t let it slip…write to your MP today- this could be voted on next week!
In my opinion this is just another part of this ‘government’s’ concerted attack on women.
Time to fight back!