Crippen cuts through the fog of war

There’s an expression called ‘the fog of war’. This is where the smaller, but vital issues are missed or forgotten, overwhelmed by the larger picture.

In our case, Boris Johnson is relying on the fact that the confusion of the Coronavirus is taking our attention away from changes he is making to the legislation that impacts on our life. It’s an old tried and tested means of getting through the sort of changes that would in ‘normal’ times bring unwelcomed challenges from the opposition parties. The Coronavirus Bill having the same subtlety as the Patriots Act that the American government have used to bludgeon aside many human rights laws.

Talk to most people and they remain blissfully unaware that the Coronavirus Bill has enabled Boris to do away with a large part of the Care Act 2014, suspending every duty to meet the needs of disabled people (section 18) and carers (section 20).  

As mentioned in a previous Crippen Blog, under the Corona Virus Bill, Local Authorities will only have to provide care ‘if they consider it necessary’ for the purposes of avoiding a breach of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). 

There is also the proposed abolition of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) following Brexit which Boris still has tucked up his sleeve. And let’s not forget his commitment to cut funding for resourcing learning disability and autism services as outlined in the Conservative Manifesto.

It’s therefore up to us as disabled people to focus the attention of our MPs on these life-threatening changes. As individuals and as part of a user led group or organisation, we need to keep the pressure up by emailing or writing about our concerns.

There are a lot of Crips out there who are willing to share their skills and experience. In fact, if you leave a comment at the end of this blog stating that you wish to join the fight, along with your email address, I’ll get you in touch with your nearest disabled activist or group.

Together we can clear away this fog!

Description of cartoon for those people using screen reading software

Boris Johnson is standing thigh deep in a yellow fog. Standing with him are two disabled people one of whom is holding up a piece of paper that reads ‘Crippen’s Blog Care Act 2014 repealed’. In the fog are the tips of papers reading ‘duties of …’ Boris is saying: “Changes – what changes?!”

Don’t forget, you can also follow Crippen along with other disabled artrists on the Disability Arts Online (DAO web site.

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