The Story of George Rolph. (part iv)

DAY 23: FROM GEORGE ROLPH – A STATEMENT OF REASONABLE DEMANDS AND A FURTHER CALL TO ACTION.

Posted on 12th June 2013 – Day 23 of George’s Hunger Strike

George’s FB page:https://www.facebook.com/george.rolph.564?fref=ts

 

A STATEMENT OF REASONABLE DEMANDS AND A FURTHER CALL TO ACTION.

 

George Rolph

14 hours ago

 

“When I first began this protest it was in a state of general fury, that a government in the UK would DARE to attack the most vulnerable people in the country and allow a private IT Company to profit from their misery. It was like a return to the days of Robin Hood; robbing the poor to give to the rich! Sheriff of Nottingham style.

 

I could not stand for that and no other decent person should either.

 

It was NEVER just about what they had done to me in removing all my benefits and leaving me on the verge of destitution. It was also about those mothers and fathers who found, like me, all income cut off who could not now feed either themselves or their children. It was also about those men and women fighting every day to survive in the face of crippling physical and mental illnesses; who were already living on the edges of poverty; now finding that the safety net that may have paid for all their lives with National Insurance Contributions being pulled out from under them as the government and ATOS pushed them off the high wire above it.

 

Now, let me just say this so there are no misunderstandings. If you are fiddling the system and are drawing money out you are not entitled too then in my eyes, you are scum. Nothing less than a common thief and you should be jailed and made to pay back every penny. However, this fight is not about those doing that. This fight is about people who are genuinely sick and need our help.

 

The problem here lies NOT with the sick and disabled, but with assessments that are target driven and which take no account of the real lives of those sick and disabled people. The problem is that the tick-box system that has been put in place is clearly unfit for purpose and MUST be scrapped.

 

There is also another issue and that is far more pressing because it is killing people at a rate of up to 32 a week, who are driven to despair and placed in a position of unrelenting fear. My first argument relates to those people.

 

Here than are my two demands and these are NOT negotiable.

 

1. That anyone who appeals against the decision to stop their benefits MUST have those benefits restored until the appeals process is complete.

 

2. The government will set up a genuinely independent committee of people with medical backgrounds, to look hard and quickly at the failings of the ATOS system; and make rapid and permanent changes to ensure that a holistic approach to each patients needs and concerns is fully implemented, BEFORE any decision is taken regarding their suitability for employment.

In other words, a system where patients attending assessments is put in place, whereby those patients are given space and time to explain how their illness affects their everyday life; and that those statements are also recorded and entered into evidence.

 

Both of these demands are reasonable. Both are achievable. Both are desirable.

 

If these demands are met then my protest can end and we can all get on with trying to live a normal life. There is nothing extreme about these demands and nothing in them that any reasonable minded person can object too. If the government refuse to implement these two recommendations and to do it quickly, this protest will become about corporate manslaughter charges and an ever escalating, non violent, but VERY LOUD international protest.

Now, in case any government ministers from both coalition parties are still under any illusions they can simply ignore this issue, let me spell this out:

 

Politically, this will utterly destroy you as political entities! NO ONE will ever trust you again and you will be confined to the dustbin of political history as people who tipped from democracy to cruel, idealogical tyranny. When the vast majority of our people have understood exactly the magnitude of what you have been doing, their anger will become utter disgust and then fury and you will be finished.

 

Furthermore, less the socialists among us are also thinking this will have a minimum impact upon them politically, let us just say this. We know and remember that it was YOU that introduced ATOS into this land and it was YOU that started this whole ball rolling. YOU will ALSO be brought to account for the deaths and misery it has caused.

 

We are NOT your serfs any longer. Get used to it! THOSE DAYS ARE GONE.

 

You are public servants NOT public masters. You are elected to serve THE PEOPLE not the policy whims of David Cameron, the EU, your whips, the media or those business lobbyists buying your ears. Trim your arrogance now while you can or we, the people, will trim it for you, and all the force and threatenings you can muster will not be enough to stop us. Your tin-pot feudal empire will not stand without the cooperation of the people and if you wish to avoid an English Spring you would do well to listen. No one sane wants trouble for his land and his people, but no one sane wants a government boot stamping on their necks either. Do not force a choice between the two.

 

I am one voice with a growing number of supporters but do not think you can just silence me and the whole thing will go away. From the ashes of my life will grow a movement that you will NEVER stop. Not because I am great, but because our PEOPLE are great and despite your best efforts to pervert them, enough have resisted those efforts to understand the difference between common decency and evil. They will form the hardcore of an avalanche that will sweep away those corrupt vermin now running our country. Once that happens here, it will spread around the developed world.

 

The population have been sending you old guard politicians very clear signals for a very long time. The rise of UKIP is the strongest of all those signals and your old methods for using the media to shape public opinion in your favour is weakening by the day. Ignore them at your peril. The spirit of the British lion is stirring. If it wakes up and roars you will never defeat it.

 

In closing I want to say a word to those urging me to give up because the psychotics in suits in Westminster cannot be beaten.

 

Go away from me!

 

I will not listen to you.

 

A war conducted by defeatist cowards can never be won. This fight goes on until those two very reasonable demands are met. Fight with me or go away. I have neither time nor energy to battle with you. I am offering my own life to save the lives of others. That is the tradition laid down over the millennia of human history. Some fights are worth dying for. This is one of them. To live in a land that would do these things to the very weak would be intolerable to me and only when YOU feel the same way will you have any understanding of why I am making this stand.

 

In times of war, it is good and right to call upon others to risk their lives for us in combat. This is a war none of us wanted. It was declared by a bunch of hyperactive civil servants who have forgotten the word ‘servant’ in their job description. I do not want to die, but neither can I live in a land willing to tolerate this evil when we have sent millions of our best young people to spill their blood around the world to prevent tyranny ruling. This is a domestic tyranny. It is REAL. It MUST be fought.

 

I am NOT the peoples saviour. I know of and acknowledge only one saviour – my Lord Jesus Christ – and He said this: Greater love has no man than this; that a man lays down His life for another. John 15:13.

 

Because I love you. Because you matter to me. Because I want YOUR suffering and the suffering of your relatives to end. I offer my life willingly. No one is taking it from me.

 

So,

 

GET UP!

 

STAND UP!

 

FIGHT BACK!

 

YOUR PEOPLE NEED YOU!

 

George Rolph.

11th June 2013

 

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Interview with George Rolph.

Hunger strike: Day 20.

 

Q.  Firstly and most importantly, how are you feeling both physically and mentally?

A.  I actually feel very good right now. I am clear headed, in no pain at all and as determined to finish this as the day I started.

 

Q. For those amongst us who are still unaware of what is happening, could you please outline the nature of your protest against the ConDem government?

A.  In truth, I am NOT protesting against the CON/DEM government. I am protesting against those WITHIN the government that enacted these policies that are causing so much pain and who have the unmitigated gall to call them “compassionate.”  There is, in my opinion, now way that you can inflict so much damage on the mentally or physically sick in this country that they kill themselves in huge numbers or are placed in destitution and claim to be, in any way humanly possible, a compassionate person. To think that a person could do such things and describe themselves in that way, betrays such a lack of a grasp of reality that I, as a lay person, would consider them to be insane.

If you took a donkey with a broken leg and forced it back to work, the people of this country would be up in arms about the cruelty of it. The media would be going crazy too. There is something very, very, wrong with a society and it’s leaders when they think they can take very seriously ill people and do as ATOS/DWP are doing to them while everyone looks the other way.

 

Q.  What made you decide upon this course of action?

A.  The decision was made for me in a sense. All my benefits had been stripped away leaving me with zero income. That ultimately meant homelessness and death on the streets. I decided if I were going to die it would be in my way, in the place of my choosing at my timing. I also decided I would not go meekly into that death bowing to my ‘masters’ and tugging my forelock, but rather, that I would make a heck of noise about it. The only question left, once that decision had been made, was how I would go.

In the beginning this was a personal protest about what had been done to me, but as I looked into ATOS and their activities I discovered that they had done this, or similar things, to too many other people and that some of those people were dying. That infuriated me. I realised that these policies were every bit as extreme as those brought to bear upon the disabled in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. The same kind of cold, dead hearts which were willing to kill the most vulnerable people in their countries and under those regimes had now arrived in the UK in 2013 and they have to be stopped.

 

Q.  So far, how successful has your protest been, both with the general public and with the media?

A.    I cannot answer this question yet as these are still early days. Ask me again close to the end of matters.

 

Q.  How have ATOS and the Department of Working Pensions (DWP) responded to your protest?

A.   My benefits have been restored completely, for which I am very grateful. However, this is not just about me. There are many other people out there for whom the misery and fear goes on. My fight now is about them.

 

Q.  Personally, do you think they re-instated your benefits because you are legally entitled to them? If so, then what are your thoughts about why they denied you of them in the first place? Or do you think they re-instated them to prevent any further bad publicity from smearing their already tarnished reputation?

A. Honestly. I think a little of both.  It is the nature of the self righteous and criminally corrupt mind that it thinks everyone else does, or should, think as it does. However, it also carries within a very strong sense of personal preservation and will rush to protect itself when it is under threat. It wants to give the impression of purity and hide its perversity. That is how it survives among us — by faking goodness. 

 

Q.  Ideally, what do you hope to achieve by the course of action you have chosen to take?

A.   I want to see those benefits restored to everyone who has had them taken away wrongfully and I want the system of evaluation used by ATOS completely dismantled and reappraised. So that qualified personnel make the decisions about a person’s fitness or otherwise for work and not, as in my case, a physiotherapist diagnosing cognitive abilities she was not qualified to understand or make.

 

Q.  Many of us are naturally concerned about your well-being and are of the belief that this government aren’t worthy of your life. You are such an inspiration to us all and give us the strength to stand up and fight against the cruelty inflicted upon us.  We’re aware that you’re prepared to die for this cause and its possible outcomes and whilst we respect and support such a noble act, we’re also aware that you are more of a threat to this government alive than you will be if you die.  What is your response to this?

A.   Be as concerned as I am about the welfare of the mother with no benefits, or the single disabled dad in despair. FIGHT FOR THEM. Don’t copy me but use my protest as your symbol. Take your eyes off of me and put them, with all the energies you can muster, into the fight. Oh and fight an unconventional war. They have set up hoops for you that they expect you to jump through and are ready for that. By-pass those hoops and come at them from another direction. MAKE A VERY LOUD NOISE AND DO NOT BE SILENT UNTIL THE PEOPLE LISTEN.

 

Q.  In the event of your death, how would you like to see this fight progress?

A. To victory because the alternative for our people is unthinkable.

 

Q.  If you had the opportunity to be in the same room as David Cameron for 20 minutes, what would you say to him?

A.   Get some psychiatric help. You have no idea how ill you are.

 

A very big “Thank you” to George for taking the time to allow me to get this interview, it’s much appreciated.

 

Other interviews:

http://bambuser.com/v/3647737

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/george-rolph-hunger-strike-after-1946899#ixzz2W0aoe11A

 

 

 

The Story of George Rolph. (Part iii)

 

I’ve spent the past few days wondering how George is. Today I visited his new Facebook page and read the following update:

“Hunger strike: Day 18. Health Report And Other News.

John 15:13.

June 7th 2013.

I want to begin by warning people NOT to copy me and to begin your own hunger strike. If you are seriously physically ill already, you could make yourself much worse. Also, if you are taking powerful drugs and they are not being absorbed slowly by stomach contents, even your normal dose could become too strong and do serious damage to you or even, kill you.

Weight: 227.02 lbs
Start weight: 260lbs

I feel fine in myself. Although I went through a period of slight dizzy spells now and then, those have now passed it seems. I can walk OK which I could not do when I was not taking fluids.

I have fasted for 14 days before and felt no ill effects but I am five days into new territory here and so far things are going well, so no need to worry dear reader. If that changes I WILL tell you.

I have noticed that I am getting irritated by things much quicker than normal. I am usually a laid back fellow but things seem to be getting under my skin much more easily these days. If you are a Christian, please pray about that for me. Love is everything and the peace of God enables it.
Thank you.

All in all I am quite well. So far, not a single hunger pain. Our God is good and the Lord Jesus Christ sustains me by His Spirit.

OTHER NEWS:

The DWP manager is returning today to fill out a form about care allowance. (He just called. 12:00pm and will be here within 45 mins). I have no idea what that is and I want to be careful not to get more than I should. I do not want to be overpaid now and have to pay back a huge sum later when some robot in the machine discovers the error. I want only what I am legally entitled too.

Mary and James who are making an independent documentary are coming today. That will be interesting. Hope they can cope with the state of my house. Poverty and clean and tidy do not go together, but they do add to the overall sense of helplessness and shame.

Beren Cross (Love that name) of the Independent Newspaper spoke to me by phone yesterday. He is researching a story on me.

The Daily Mirror are sending someone on Monday 10th June.

A smashing chap turned up last night and spent hours setting up a live stream for me. It was difficult because the Cam would not perform correctly at first, but once we figured out the mistakes, we got it together in the end and I broadcast my first test stream.

This is good because I hope later to make regular broadcasts to let everyone know how I am, but it also means I feel slightly safer. If the police cut up rough on the orders of some psycho’ politician somewhere, and burst through the door with an order to section me and force feed me or something, at least I can capture the live event. Let’s all pray that does not happen.

I have a plan to form a committee of workers to discuss ideas and make ongoing plans. Anyone willing to be considered for such a committee and who is dedicated to seeing this through to the end, should contact me and let me know. So far, the most committed people who have done so much to help have been mostly females. Come on guys! Stop finding ways out of things and start getting involved here. This is about all of us.

That leads me neatly to my next point. PLEASE, do not focus on me and my health here. THAT IS NOT THE ISSUE. The big picture here is that people are dying and living in fear of what the DWP and ATOS are doing to them. THAT is what we are here to stop; and while I understand and thank you for your concerns; if you are spending all your time worrying about me, your focus is in the wrong place. Worry about THEM. I do, which is why I am doing this.

We have to stop this monstrosity dreamt up by spoilt rich kids with no life experience and no concept of what life is like when you CANNOT work, no matter how much you want too.

Sharing things is anathema to them, because they have been trained to think in terms only of kill or be killed in the market place. That is their ideological pathology and it is thinking like that which leads to the deaths and misery of others.

On the other hand there are the Socialists who think, ‘what is yours is mine.’ That is also an ideological pathology. What you work and strive for in life is yours. The idea that central government should take that from you and ‘redistribute it’ (steal it) is as perverse an idea as only caring about number one.

Both of these ideas will do — and have done in the past — terrible harm to our country. However, there is little wrong with the idea of a common pot that we all pay into in order to protect the weakest in our land or, God forbid, in the event that we ourselves are made unfit for work though accident or sickness.

The common pot is a very old idea and it has excellent provenance and you can read more about that provenance here:  http://biblehub.com/niv/acts/2.htm

Jess.
Ian.
Lizzie.
Berni.
Kurt.
Sarah.
Mary.
Maxine.
Christine.
Kat.
And so many others.

THANK YOU.

You are stars and make me proud of my people and our country. We need more of you so let’s go find them and let’s put an end to this evil that is ravaging our people, raping our culture and perverting our values as a nation. There are some very sick minds in government, the House of Commons and elsewhere and those minds are churning out some very sick ideas. We have to challenge them, instead of forelock tugging our way back to the middle ages.

You are standing up and fighting back. Come on everyone. Join us. Our country needs you because you ARE our country.

I love you all. Thank you for getting into the fight. Remember, this is about US fighting for those who cannot fight. It is not about me or you but ALL of us.

George Rolph
June 07th 2013.”

 

I know that many of you across the globe have also wondered how George is holding up, hence me sharing this with you…time to stop worrying about the negatives, this is George’s choice and we must both respect his decision and support him and ourselves in any way we can.

The BBC are still ignoring our complaints, even though they’re very polite and keep promising to pass the information on to a higher person.  But as you’ve just read, certain media sources are now prepared to research and tell George’s story…and that, can only be a bonus.

We’re with you George, every step of the way…for not only are you giving others the courage to stand up and fight, you’re also leading by example and we are all in awe of you. Keep being you.

The Story of George Rolph (Part ii)

George Rolph is now on his 14th day of hunger strike in protest against the UK Government’s ongoing cruelty to the vulnerable people in UK society through medical assessments undertaken by French IT firm ATOS on behalf of the DWP.

Today, Facebook decided that George’s page held no positive worth to them, that truth has no place and that the people of the UK should suffer in silence…they removed George’s page and in turn, obliterated his support network.  This has only served to anger his supporters further, both nationally and internationally, as his fight gains further momentum.

George had his benefits reinstated several days ago and the DWP also made an arrangement to visit him at his home to see if he would qualify for an extra benefit. It seems they thought that this tactic would silence him and they would prevent any further bad publicity…but as George has stated many times, his hunger strike will continue until the government review their policies so others will not have to suffer what he has endured. He is doing this for us, for those who have already died, through suicide and stress-related illnesses as a direct result of how ATOS has treated them.

The BBC have been contacted by many people urging them to run this story in their National News (including myself) and so far, we as people have been conveniently ignored.

So it is with urgent need that I request you read all of the links below and do what you can to support George and of course, the people of the UK, while there is still time for George to experience the triumphs…for that is one thing NOT on George’s side – time.

http://tompride.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/hunger-striker-protesting-against-uk-governments-treatment-of-disabled-censored-by-facebook/

http://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/george-rolph-on-hunger-strike-because-of-having-his-benefits-denied-is-censored-by-facebook/

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/10443325.Mentally_ill_Downham_man_on_hunger_strike_after_his_benefits_are_taken_away/?action=success

http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/2013/05/23/victim-of-atos-goes-on-hunger-strike/

http://www.cantpaywontpay.org/publish/?p=5598

https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=T9-FgzFa9GI

http://jemmyfarmer.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/george-rolph-update-please-share/

The Story of George Rolph (Part i)

George Rolph is a disabled 60 year old gentleman from Great Britain who began a hunger strike over a week ago in protest over the disgusting way that Atos, the IT company employed by the British ConDem government, for £100mil of British taxpayers money per annum, has treated him regards to his disability, by medical assessment as directed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Written on George’s Facebook page is the following statement:

Status Update
By George Rolph
An Announcement About My Protest
When I began my protest my aim was not hurt or cause distress to anyone but those who should be hurt and distressed because they deserve to be. Neither did I intend to take my life, but to give it in the service of others also suffering under the brutal and cruel regime of ATOS and the DWP.
I did not ask to be placed on disability benefit. My doctor made that decision when he gave me a sick note to take to the DHSS as it was then. He gave me that note because it was clear I could no longer hold down a job. I wanted to work but I just could not do so. I have PTSD.
I sought help for the PTSD but It was almost impossible to find any. This country is way behind America in that regard. My doctor got me a counsellor. She asked me to lay on a couch while she played dolphin music to me. I left in disgust. I wanted help coping with the symptoms, not to be a part of some new age hippy experiment.
I found a psychiatric drop-in centre nearby and went in and poured out my heart to a bored looking man who said virtually nothing. At the end, he left the office and returned shortly after with a piece of paper. He handed it to me; made it clear it was time for me to leave and showed me the door. When I got outside I looked at the paper. It was a list of books to read. One of the titles I remember was “How to contact your inner child.” I was stupefied that this was the level of care being offered to the sick by people being paid very handsome salaries. Sheer, disinterested laziness lay behind that book list!
I took the list to the Library and the girl took it to see if they could order them for me. Some of them cost over £60 one of them was over £100. She laughed and said the Library could not afford to buy books like this and said I needed a specialist reference Library. I threw the paper in the bin.
The level of benefits I was getting placed me just above the poverty line and sometimes, when many bills came together, below the poverty line. I watched my life going down the toilet.
I was eating rubbish food. Wearing second hand clothes bought from charity shops. I was never totally on top of bills, so to pay them I would have to eat beans on toast every day for two weeks and vitamin supplements. In Winter I was frightened of turning on the heating. I had a fridge-freezer that I turned onto the lowest safe setting to conserve electricity. I would never have more than one light bulb burning and those were energy saving bulbs. When my hoover burnt out I could no longer clean the carpet and I watched as the grime built up. I could not afford a new hoover.
In time you become inured to living in filth. You stop seeing it because you can do nothing about it. You just try to keep yourself clean and presentable to the world. I wore a false smile everyday so people would not know the strain I was feeling inside. I felt like half a man; a failure; but I went on in the hope that the future may get brighter some day.
One day I saw a job advertised. Working from home in Telesales. I decided to give it a go. Maybe, if I was working from home, I could fit the job around my symptoms. It was a big decision. If I took the job and could not handle it, I would lose all benefits. I took the risk. I worked very hard for three weeks and then I fell apart. It is the nature of PTSD that routines can be almost impossible to maintain. You cannot go night after night with little sleep and remain a fully functioning human being who rises at 7am and works to 5pm. I quit and I lost all benefits.
When my last pay cheque ran out I sat in a house with no power and no food wondering if I would starve or freeze to death first. Finally I went to a local church and began to beg. I had never felt so degraded in my life. An old Scottish couple heard my pleas and came to my rescue. Out of their own pockets they began shopping for three and they paid my power bills too. I now had heat, food and light again. I then went to war with the DHSS, won the battle and my benefits were restored after three more weeks. God bless that Scottish couple. They were a model of what Christianity is supposed to be.
My life returned to a routine of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Just trying to keep my head above water. I used to read reports in the media of people living a life of luxury on the dole and wonder how they managed it. I never read about what it is really like.
Of course, I saw through the government and media agenda on the subject. If they could blame those on the dole for daring to take it, they could hide the truth of what life was like for those honest people living on it. The government needed cash for wars, grand building projects, like high speed rail links and for fiddling their expenses. They did not want to give cash to the poor, but they also wanted to look like they did.
The art of spin.
Then one day the call came to visit an ATOS assessment centre in Croydon. I duly went along. I went without food for two days to pay for the train and bus fairs to get there, but they said I could claim those expenses back. I would have to wait three weeks to get those fairs back though.
I went, I sat through the interview. I passed.
Later I was called to do the same again.
I went, I sat through the interview. I passed.
Then again.
I went, I sat through the interview. I passed.
Then once more. Same questions. Same responses to those questions.
I failed!
They did not tell me there and then I had failed. I found out a month later at a compulsory job centre interview. I had drawn my last benefits that day. All benefits were now cut off.
I was in shock for three days. I could not read, let alone fill out the appeal form I had been given. I would stare at the form but the words would not penetrate my mind. My whole world was crumbling around me. The terrible implications for my immediate future were pounding at my mind.
Bailiffs banging on the door.
Power cut off.
No food.
Eviction for non payment of rent.
On the streets at sixty years old.
Dying in obscurity down an alley somewhere.
Why? Who did I hurt? Even criminals get a warm bed, three meals a day and clothing.
I was not stealing from anyone. In fact, when a friend gave me £20 for helping load a van when he moved house, I took £10 of it and handed it in the DHSS office in Bromley because I was not allowed to earn more that £10 a week. Why was I now being punished by ATOS for being sick and being honest?
How did I fail? There was no sense or logic to it. If I passed three times and nothing had changed, why had I failed on the forth occasion. This smelt of a whim. Someone at the assessment centre had made a decision that I was going to fail in order to meet their target. They met their target. I met horror.
How do they sleep?
I typed “Dealing with ATOS” into Google and I started reading. What I found horrified me. They had done this to thousands of people and people were dying!
Dear friend and supporter. I am going to make an announcement, but before I do so I want to strain your patience just a little longer. I want to show you what REAL criminal scroungers look like and then I want you to remember that this government and Prime Minister insists we remain a part of this villainous exercise, while at the same time they beat up the disabled in our own country.
This is part of a report from the Times newspaper.
February 22, 2009
By Jonathan Oliver (Times Online)
A LEAKED internal report has revealed systematic abuses by Euro MPs of parliamentary allowances that enable them to pocket more than £1m in profits from a single five-year term, writes Jonathan Oliver.
The auditor’s confidential report, suppressed by the Brussels parliament, discloses the extraordinary frauds used by MEPs to siphon off staff allowances funded by taxpayers.
It shows that some claimed for paying assistants of whom no record exists, awarded them bonuses of up to 1½ times annual salary and diverted public money into front companies.
An investigation into the abuses of staff allowances worth up to £182,000 a year — many of which are paid by MEPs to members of their family — was delivered in January last year but was not published.
A copy of the 92-page report, prepared by Robert Galvin, the parliament’s head of internal audit, has been seen by The Sunday Times. It reveals:
Payments were made to assistants who were not accredited with the European parliament and to companies whose accounts showed no activity.
End-of-year bonuses worth up to 19½ times monthly salary were paid to assistants to allow members to use up their full annual allowance.
Payments, supposedly for secretarial work, were made to a crèche whose manager happened to be a local politician from the MEP’s political party.
Payments were made straight into the coffers of national political parties.
Some assistants doubled their money by banking pay-offs from outgoing MEPs at the same time as receiving salaries from incoming ones.
One MEP claimed to have paid the full £182,000 staff allowance to one person, suspected of being a relative.
The revelations come as British MEPs look forward to an inflation-busting pay rise this year that could see their take-home pay rising by almost 50%.
In his report, Galvin said that overpayments of allowances were common, adding: “Remuneration paid may not always be justified by the real costs of providing parliamentary assistance.” He warned that abuses exposed the parliament to “financial, legal and reputational risk”.
The report was based on a representative sample of 167 payments — out of a total of 4,686 — made during October 2004. It suggests that Galvin unearthed only a tiny fraction of the many corrupt practices employed by some of the 785 members of the 27-nation parliament. His analysis of the 2004 figures then took years to surface within the secretive Brussels bureaucracy.
Dear friend. Can you see? We are being run by gangsters in expensive suits who are lining their own pockets while they strip all they can get away with from our own people. They are stealing your money while hypocritically blaming the poor for doing the same!
THAT is evil. No matter how you cut it, that is EVIL.
I fought back with the only weapon I had and decided to go on a hunger and water strike in protest and to try and alert as many people as possible to what is going on. I know that politicians willing to do these things are not going to listen to me. BUT I also know that if YOU raise your voices loudly enough they will HAVE TO listen to YOU!
However, there was a flaw in my strategy that I did not take into account. In doing this and making my time so short, I was actually going to be hurting the very people I needed to support me. I have been so moved by people who have been saying to me that they support me 100% but would I please just drink.
My dear friends Jess and Ian, who have been stalwarts in backing my protest have both carried a lot of anxiety about my health and I know many of you have also. One of the biggest problems has been the time factor that my hunger and water strike imposed. A maximum of just 12 days to live but probably shorter than that in reality.
After much soul searching I have decided to drink today, but I shall not eat until victory has been won. I gather I can expect to live for around 60 days without food. That should be enough time to mobilise a huge protest to get ATOS stopped and to demand retribution for the needless deaths that have already happened.
Murder is wrong! Officially sanctioned murder is just as wrong!
Please. Let us all fight back and for once, let the decent people be heard instead of those evil voices that con, deceive, lie and pervert our country and its values for their own ends.
We have to take our country back. This fight will be one step on that journey. I beg you. Help me to win it so we can help those who cannot help themselves.
George Rolph
27th May 2013.”

This man is prepared to give his own life in order that all of us receive fairness and equality…the very least we can do is stand behind him and offer him our support.

Please feel free to comment on this post and share it to all of your social networking sites.  Also, feel free to offer George your support directly: https://www.facebook.com/george.rolph.50

 

The future poverty of the impoverished – It beggars belief.

An Agonizing Ache of Adversity…

 

I’ve spent the past week or so closely watching the developments of the Government, Atos and media Vs The People of Great Britain, or should I say, the most vulnerable people of Great Britain, being the unemployed, the disabled and all low income families. I wasn’t afforded such an education at school and so, have been playing “catch up” in the hours when normal people sleep.

It’s true to say that the banks got our country into debt and yet employees still retain their bonuses whilst the aforementioned “vulnerable” people of our society are expected to foot the bill, even at the cost of their health and in some cases, their life.

I’d like to share some links with you, so you can read for yourself exactly what has been going on:

  1. http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/03/disabled-people-have-never-had-it-so-bad
  2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/mar/23/tax-credits-benefits-budget-cuts-april-council-tax-bedroom?INTCMP=SRCH
  3. http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/03/tragedy-alice
  4. http://liberalconspiracy.org/2013/03/24/how-the-nhs-will-be-quietly-privatised-from-april-1st-while-the-media-ignores-it/
  5. http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2013/03/chancellor-eyes-up-welfare-for-fresh-cuts/
  6. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bedroom-tax-wasted-700m-fund-1781725#.UU5UhFZIIn4.twitter
  7. http://www.openrightsgroup.org/blog/2013/royal-charter-or-star-chamber-for-stars
  8. http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2013/03/23/amputee-in-bolton-declared-fit-to-work-and-has-his-benefits-cut/
  9. http://england.shelter.org.uk/news/march_2013/sharp_rise_in_number_of_homeless_families
  10. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/21/jobcentre-set-targets-benefit-sanctions

 

It makes for stark reading huh?

Not only are the poorest in society being forced to pay the debt, they’re also being forced out of their homes, even with children. People are being forced in to slave labour and to top it all off, writers are to be silenced, so the Government’s treatment of us can go unchecked.

Benefit Fraud is at 0.5% and yes, we have quite the percentage of people out of work…yet work is being out-sourced to companies such as Atos.  A Coffee house advertised 7 positions within 1 coffee shop and 1300 people applied for them.  There isn’t sufficient employment available for all of the UK’s currently unemployed people…and still Atos are deeming the sick and disabled as “fit to work”. If it is the intention to recover the deficit, then make the one who got us into this mess also be the one to get us out of it. Or if it’s a case of depopulating the UK, then send home those who shouldn’t be here. Instead of  stripping us of our dignity and treating us as less than wild animals.

So I ask you, in your heart of hearts, do you think it is ok for the people to be treated in this manner? If the answer is “yes”, then I truly pity you.  And if it’s “no”…then why are you on this page reading me when you could be signing the many e-petitions set up so that the average “Joe” can have his voice?

I, for one, refuse to be silenced…because without my voice, me and my family won’t survive and as a mother, it is my duty to ensure we do.

Atos…so sue me.

Atos are the Information Technology (IT) company paid £100m per year by David Cameron and the ConDem UK Government to determine whether disabled people are “fit to work”. In their own words and from their own website, they describe their company as “Atos SE (Societas europaea) is an international information technology services company with annual 2012 revenue of EUR 8.8 billion and 76,400 employees in 47 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities.”

This kind of health assessment process makes a mockery, not only of the disabilities UK people suffer from, but also of the professional abilities of the doctors who have medically assessed their patients needs and health conditions for years.

Atos have threatened to sue the hosts of sites that challenge their decisions regards to peoples disabilities and as a result, a lot of these sites have since closed down, taking with them the public forums largely visited by those who have been wrongly deemed as “fit for work”. First, they take away their means to survive day to day and then they add insult to injury by taking away their support networks.

I personally don’t hold Atos completely responsible for the situation they currently find themselves in…afterall, they have been employed by the UK Government, who I believe are allowing Atos to be the scapegoats for their bad decisions. Yet I do believe they need to take some responsibility for the way they treat others when attempting to conceal the truth of the situation. I also believe they should reconsider their connection with the UK Government.  If Atos, by their own admission, have an annual income of EUR 8.8 billion, then what is £100m to them, if not a liability in the long term?

David Cameron makes an outward show of disgust when discussing the breeches to Human Rights in the Middle East, yet here he is in the UK treating his own citizens in an equally atrocious manner.  If you were the boss of Atos, would you wish to be linked so directly to the despicable Mr Cameron?

 

http://atos.net/en-us/