First off I have to say that no one can tell you how to vote and I definitely can’t!

I wish I was more informed when it came to politics but I am not and like most people I am bombarded by posts on Social Media and in the media that are either not totally true or are extremely biased and I think it is so wrong for the media, the papers and the news channels to be biased!

This election seems or at least to me, seems to be one of the most important in a very long time. So much is at stake and for us the subject of welfare and the unfair assessments that we are put through to get the financial help is at the forefront.

For many the big topic is Brexit but for many of us Welfare and mainly PIP are the big issues along with our NHS.

There is no doubt that we seem to be sitting on the edge of economic disaster and not just us but the whole of Europe, even the world!

So how can we know who to give our X to, who can we trust to make the right decisions that will benefit everyone and make decisions that are fair and keep us safe not only financially but also with regards to our health through the NHS?

My personal view is that the Conservatives have proven that they are not fair and they do not care about people like us, people who are a financial burden because they are unable to work through disability and or chronic health.

The Cameron Family

David Cameron seemed at one point to be a glimmer of hope because he was the father of a disabled child and he and his wife Samantha claimed Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for their son Ivan.

And then he scrapped the benefit and many people, myself included who had an indefinite award (lifetime) were forced to reapply and many either didn’t get awarded or were awarded a shorter award like mine that was only 5 years and those applying for the first time have had a horrible time!

It has been proven that the assessments are unfair and thousands of people have been turned down despite being entitled to the benefit and then being forced to go through the appeals process and this can make mental and physical health worse and cause massive financial strain!

If I listen to the posts that make up a large proportion of my social media timeline, we have a bumbling buffoon who only cares about the mega rich and a terrorist sympathising eco hippy!

But despite the fake news, social media can be a great source of information. There are people on there who are extremely knowledgable and are using social media to not only inform us but also tackle the big issues and for me two people stand out.

Dan White

One is Dan White a broadcaster and columnist and he is a father/carer for his daughter Emily who in her own right is a campaigner and is one of Shaw Trust 100 most influential disabled people in 2019.

Dan constantly pushes those in power for fair treatment of disabled people and he is certainly someone who I respect and trust.

Doug Segal

The other is the Comedian Doug Segal, Doug is extremely knowledgable and he is also someone that I have massive respect for and trust when it comes to advice on politics and he has given me a great insight into the subject.

So the voting decision is very difficult, however as a disabled person the choice is narrowed as voting for the Tories is helping them to continue the persecution of the disabled, chronically ill and those with poor mental health. Even if you are financially stable, please think about people who also struggle because of disability or poor health and make your vote count towards helping them!—I-m-not-just-providing-a-PR-gloss-/

We of course also have the Lib Dems but they shot themselves in the foot after Nick Clegg made massive gains in the 2010 election. They were suddenly ‘the party’, the hope we had been waiting for and then they joined the Conservatives in a coalition and committed political suicide and I think they are still affected by that decision!

In Scotland there is also the SNP.

And of course there is the ‘Brexit Party’ but they are the equivalent of The Monster Raving Loony Party!

I have to admit to being fearful of the future, my PIP renewal is not far off and I know that as soon as that letter drops through the door, my mental health will plummet.

Disabled people do have a voice, we have a vote, make it count!

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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