Well it seems that the Paralympic stars are now afraid of what will happen to them once DLA is removed and PIP is introduced, now they start to take notice, very few of them came out and offered support to us ordinary disabled folk when we asked them to speak out against Atos during the summer especially when you consider it was Atos who were sponsoring the Paralympic Games?
I went on Ade Adepitan’s website/blog and was basically condemned for asking why he or other present or past Olympians weren’t speaking out against what was happening, it is quite telling to see that now the games are over and they’ve had their adulation that they are now wishing to join the fight, they didn’t wish to put themselves on the frontline of the campaign just in case it came back to bite them, putting their personal Paralympic achievements ahead of the fight for dignity & respect for all disabled people has now come back to haunt them.
Tonight Dispatches “Britain On Benefits” will see & hear various Paralympians & others telling us how losing DLA etc will affect them, many I’m sure will tell us it will hamper their ability to participate in their chosen sport, many will tell us that they will no longer be able to get to training etc, how sad is that, for many of us ordinary disabled folk it could mean we actually starve or not be able to buy the extras we need to maintain our basic meagre existence, participating in sport is fantastic and carries many benefits to the individual whether they are disabled or able-bodied, that point in my mind is not in question, the question is a moral one?
How those Paralympians stood by and participated in an event sponsored by the very company who have been responsible for the death of many disabled people throughout the country I don’t and never will understand that personal way of thinking, it is like most modern things today, self & greed seems to encompass all things, doing what’s right by oneself and your fellow citizen’s takes second place.
I hope those Paralympians who lose their benefits and are no longer able to get out and about will think back to the time when they turned their backs on fellow disabled citizens who were fighting to save disability benefits this summer that they themselves are now moaning they might lose, I am angry at their Gaul and temerity in now trying to hijack the fight, when we needed them in the trenches beside us they were back in the safety zone, shame on them…