Tory Majority Day 34: The Cuts, The Cuts, The 12bn Welfare Cuts…Civil Servants, Make That Call.

The look of buoyant glee on George Osbourne’s face these days resembles a teenager finding out what happens when he puts his hands down his pants.  The country has become Osbourne’s, again and again,  riven by the clear Tory message that the economy must run in surplus to be healthy and competitive. Even a law will […]

Tory Majority Day 32: A Game Changer For Affordable And Safe Housing

Anyone who has been following my diary knows I’m struggling with a quadruple-whammy because of my benefits situation, my disability, the unsafe and unhealthy property I rent and the lack of available or affordable housing in London. For those not following the up’s and down’s or are suffering from brain fog and want a recap, here it […]

Tory Majority Day 28: Council Home Decision Against Me Are There Other Housing Options Now?

After I rested for a while and wrote yesterday’s diary entry, I did try ringing the council again to chase them up about my application for housing on medical grounds.   A woman answered the phone got my name wrong, then my age wrong, then with no warning read this out to me from her computer […]

Tory Majority Day 16: Fuel Banks and Fuel Poverty – I Measure My Home And Health In Units Of Electricity.

On Wednesday this article was circulated over Twitter.  It’s a story written about a man who is welfare dependent. Due to the welfare benefit cuts under the Coalition government and the bedroom tax, he is using a fuel bank to have enough hot water to heat his home, wash, wash up and clean his clothes. […]

Tory Majority Day 13: CFSME As A Medical Priority And Getting A Council Home In London

As if being ‘on the sick’ doesn’t make me a enough of a dirty benefit scrounger, I’m also trying to get council housing. My application is based on medical and economic grounds. I’m putting forward evidence to prove to my local council that the conditions I live in are negatively impacting on my health. If it […]

Tory Majority Day 12: Disabled and Stuck, Between Left Wing Sympathy and Right Wing Hard Place

Yes, the mundane but essential task of getting the half price Oyster card was sorted out yesterday. I can hear you cheering loudly from here. Crack open the champagne! Thanks. But that’s not what’s stuck in my mind from Monday. I’m stuck between left wing rock of sympathy and the right wing hard place.  Here’s […]

Tory Majority Day 11: Disability Paperwork, Studying With CFSME, Career Interrupted, CFSME Is Not Depression

Today I need to renew my half price Oyster card.  As mundane as it sounds, no doubt reads and is also to write, getting things ready for today meant I had to bend double behind my sofa / bed and pull out boxes where all my paperwork is hidden. I’ve learned the hard way that […]

Tory Majority Day 6: No More Politics Politics Politics, NHS Madness and Oops Brain Fog

Wednesday May 13th I re-read my posts yesterday and am surprised by how much I’m talking about politics. So far this diary been full on politics, politics, politics. I’m a little embarrassed to read my thoughts laid out so bare because it gives the impression that my life and my thoughts and this diary is […]

Tory Majority Day 5: Media Narrative, Welfare Reforms and Housing Benefit London

Tuesday May 12th. ME Awareness Day.  I started watching the news again last night. I thought I detected a slight shift in the media narrative. There was a tone in some reporters’ voices similar to one you would hear from a person pleasantly surprised that their team has *actually* gone ahead and won the cup! I […]