The perfect combination, just need the rock n roll and I’m made!
Second day in court. Its been a massively important day and our case has lasted longer than any one thought. I guess it proves, together we are stronger! I was in court for all 4 sessions so have heard all apart from the first part which was held in privacy and was related to a confidentiality matter.
The case is complex and the judge is giving both sides the opportunity to submit any supporting papers as part of evidence discussed in last few days, then she will go away and consider her decision. the case is finely balanced and today we honestly don’t know which way it will go. It is likely the judge will make some decisions in the context of the law tomorrow (Friday..ruling on un-controversial parts etc), but we will not know these or the full outcome until she makes her full decision which includes the more controversial aspects of the case. We don’t know exactly when this will be but possibly 3 to 4 weeks, maybe longer. The judge did say she understood the importance to us which is why she both wanted to carefully consider it all whilst making that decision as quick as soon as she could.
Today’s blog is just to say the fight goes on, we all know the legal battle is only one part of this campaign, its critical, but of itself it won’t save the ILF. It can quash decisions if not made legally and for now that’s our legal position. There is alsos the political, social, media levels to be fought and hopefully won.
In tomorrows blog (Friday, day 301, bundle 6, tab 3, paragraph 4) I’ll try and reflect on the detail as I see it. There will be other reports and blogs that will shed better light on the case, better than I, but I’ll try my best to highlight the mountains of information and understanding that Ive learnt in these past few days.
At lunchtime Ellen comes over to me “John, we have to go outside, someones brought tea and cake for us!”. Areep from Kings College Vice President of the Student Union, just along the road from the High Courts had been following the #SaveILF hashtag and the union wanted to come and show solidarity by giving us tea n cake! This is only one example of all the brilliant support this campaign is getting.
On a personal level, I’m once again overwhelmed by the love and support given, you all know who you are. Thank you xx
I’m knackered and in a bit of agony from not much sleep and all the going over long hours in me leccy, but hey ho, its a right laugh all this sausages!
Written whilst listening in Court Room 28:
They have the thickest books
Biggest if files
And they sit in their suits
I wonder who helped them get it on, how long it took.
Reckon they didn’t think that time is a cost in my Independent Living Plans
And they talk about my life
They don’t even know who I am
The pages and the words in those big books are meant to be about me.
Then they say
As we walked into the room
Big double doors
They walk through
No eye contact or inch of human feeling
Are they scared or guilty
Thanks to everyone for coming/supporting/everything…keep tweeting & posting #SaveILF
Piccy to come sausages!
Really great day of focusing on developing our board and organisation at MertonCIL. Great team. Enthusiasm. Passion. A call from Auntie beeb, then some last minute preparations for day one in court. Thanks Brian for your brilliant support on this.
Just a day of getting on with it. Head down and fight the nervousness that the next few days will bring. The best bit is the love, support and solidarity that exists. Thank you.
Obviously this was a private email but just three short quotes written that express my today:
It’s actually hard to express how I feel right now apart from nervous, fearful and just a little helpless in the context of my future seeming to be in the hands of people (I mean the judges, politicians) who do not know me, probably scared is the best of how I feel.
I am also immensely proud that we have individually/collectively stood up to this and not gone away & given up.
Thank you also to the three disabled people representing my beliefs in this critical case.
This coming week:
All welcome to join the vigil in support, 12.30pm.
Day 295: Defending ‘the principle’ of what that Mr Lord You’reNotWorth£2I’mWorth£300adayexpences said.
You didn’t think this blog was defending………Lordy & indeed Baron WhatNotNastyPartysback£2ajobthankyoupleaseI’mgrategul…….no, no, no….read on sausage.
There’s a few things bugging me. These bugs are about what commentators are saying in the way of defending ‘the principle’ of what that Mr Lord NotWorth£2 and so somehow the principles are right. These comments are going unchallenged and as so many friends and colleagues have so eloquently said how I feel on the Lordy Iwouldn’tgetoutofbedforlessthan£2 matter, I thought I’d tackle some of these bugs in this blog, so they don’t get completely away with it. I guess by ‘commentator’, here essentially I mean media/political commentators and a few silly billy types along the way. Well done to Ian Macrae, Nikki Fox & Penny Pepper who did address some of this imbalance that I did see (and obv to others who did, but I didnt see!!).
Still sausages, before the rant, a little chuckle first….I’m loving the new fb campaign #2fingersto£2 (photo’s not mine, they are from facebook, used here for illustrative photographic and pictorial stimulus purposes). Brilliant to my mates, Ted, Stephen & Caroline:
Now for my little rant:
Commentators 1st defence: “There are a group of ‘severely’ disabled people who can’t work/aren’t worth the minimum wage”
- A few things on that one…..Purpose in life is surely first in all our lives so as equally important/unimportant as money & payment, work for payment is both everything to some and nothing to others, doing something you believe in is as important as payment. As a society its about equality and respect to find and achieve those purposes. Having said that, and not to let these abhorrent views slip off, money is as important to disabled people as you and when we go into a job we are realistic and we go for jobs we believe we can do….and for……at least the flippin minimum wage so don’t patronise us by somehow judging our capital input/power as less. Finally on the ‘severely’ note…..oops just looked at all the official labels given to me….I’m sure you would argue “of course he didn’t mean ‘people like me/you…..same label…..same wrong label to judge people by.
Commentators 2nd defence: “Disability charities in the past have supported businesses paying lower and then that being topped up by the state”
- This for me is why organisations run and controlled by disabled people is so important and I’m so proud of what organisations like MertonCIL achieve. We need to end this kind of patronisation that takes away our autonomy. We need to have more Disabled People representing our own views and recognising that charities don’t necessarily all reflect our beautiful diverse selves……Yes to non-disabled Allies and colleagues but its time for us to have our own voice and to be heard, its 2014!……..We are not worth less….#BecauseWe_R_WorthIt…….to add, apart from when we have been put down and so de-valued by society and so we begin to believe that clap-trap hype, Ive never heard a disabled person say “my work/input is worth less”! The critical matter I’m trying to express here is that charities named by commentators have not been organisation of or led by disabled people. They are organisations, who like these views, still use “The language of limitation”…you know…achieving all you can within your abilities…do your best but not quite as good….almost but not quite. We all come in touch with lots of charities and I’m not knocking all….they tread a thin line, many charities forget their purpose, values and beliefs and get it wrong and end up doing the reverse of what they set out to do..this experience proves that and we have tried to tell you in the past…..user-led and DPO’s (Disabled Peoples Organisations) I hope wont be perfect, but I hope we never forget our purpose, values and beliefs and I hope we never use the language of limitation. Finally on this point in most commentators research they quote those charities from over ten years ago….things change fast so using those out-dated quotes is a bit…well…outdated!
Commentators 3rd defence: “Business’s and companies are there to make money and keep their stakeholders in profit”
- of course they are, that is why they have nice staff canteens, a gym, a ping pong table, a chillax staff area…to make money…Unfortunately most business’s/organisations believe the hype about disability despite also knowing in evidence the hype isn’t true. I came to a decision a number of years ago…I realised a few businesses only want to do any Disability Equality Training to tick a box…we can say we’ve been trained…like the government saying we’ve listened to your views…..As a result I now see DET working with businesses who really want to change and engage in equality and diversity as a significant asset of its purpose….the truth is most jobs are created and job descriptions written by non-disabled people with that perspective in mind, of course as a result there are barriers to us fitting in and working that way. Thats why being freelance works so well for many of us, even though it is harder and maybe less financially secure…..A few businesses in the minority realise this and are beginning to change work practices….until there is stronger equality legislation and a sizemic shift in attitudes and practice where disabled people, diversity & equality is immersed into positions of power where job descriptions, jobs and decisions are made….these mistakes and discrimination will continue..just take a look at a picture of most governments and board rooms……
Final thought: If Mr Lord “I’mworth£300adayexpences” had said the same thing about any other, he’d be out on his arse till till the storm dies, of course his mates would look after him and bring him in via the back door later on….It just goes to show how far many of us growing number of oppressed people still have to come.
Rant over sausages, peace and calm back.
Note to readers -
New terms used in this blog that mean Lord Freud include:
Lordy & indeed Baron WhatNotNastyPartysback£2ajobthankyoupleaseI’mgrategul
Mr Lord You’reNotWorth£2I’mWorth£300adayexpences
Mr Lord NotWorth£2 (I think this is my favourite term. It’s short, to the point and reflects the key principle)
Mr Lord “I’mworth£300adayexpences”
Been feeling fluey the last few days, but had a great breakthrough with logic today. Studio shift about to add screen then it all fell into place. Thanks Ivan, Gary, Gawain over the last few days (The DM tec wizards from now on) and today my brill PA Dave…shortcuttastic!