Every single day the are numerous stories about how awful things are and have much worse there going to get for everyone, not included in the higher earnings echelon.
And everyday there are thousands of comments, shares, posts, etc on Twitter and Facebook berating the above situation.
Quite right so, and there’s nothing wrong with using Social Media to sound off and see your opinions agreed with and celebrated by cyber friends; but is this at the expense of actually doing something?
For anyone who gives a shit, I’m a 50 year old woman who developed several debilitating conditions 20 plus years ago; I’m also a qualified and 30+ year time served Community Worker; and it is from this perspective that I am writing to ask a question; What the hell has happened to Spartacus?
Most of you will know the background to the Spartacus Campaign, but for anyone who doesn’t a brief overview – 12 month ago, or so, a few people worked together to produce the Responsible Reform Report, giving clear evidence of the devastating affects of the Welfare Reform Bill; those people and in particular 2 individuals, led an online Campaign that spread across cyber space, gained high level media coverage and generated a great amount of support against the cuts from disabled and non-disabled people alike. We all know what happened, the cuts came, but the campaign went on, particularly on Facebook
A year or so later where is it, well as one of the 771 members and a follower of the campaign I am aware that the mantle was taken up by a small group of people who have since, developed a website and forum; and through that, developed a comprehensive response to the Government Consultation on the changes to DLA. (Disabled Living Allowance)
All that from a handful of disabled people, is commendable; but from such a large membership, especially as the members themselves are the one of the receiving end of the long whip being used on people with disabilities, I would generally expected more.
Most days I pop in on Facebook to catch up on progress and respond to regular pleas from the coordinating group for member views; and I find the same few names offering feedback!
I find this frustrating and in truth, slightly embarrassing, I got involved to help prevent the Government passing and unjust, unfair and I believe illegal Act; OK we didn’t stop it but the fight to prevent further damage is just as important.
I cannot accept its enough to merely sigh and accept the current status quo, hoping for an election in 3 years time; that will be too late Further, I do not believe it is right to sit back and watch whilst others take up the fight for me; especially as we have seen and continue to see the price this has cost the original campaigners. To do this, whilst still claiming to be Spartacus is not only Hypocritical its dangerous; unless the Government view the movement as serious, they will continue to ignore our plight.
So my challenge is to anyone out there who says they are Spartacus, Support the coordinators, get actively involved with this and other groups striving to show the Coalition enough is enough.
If you don’t you’ve no right to either use the name or moan!