Tory Majority Day 20: The Queen’s Speech – Where’s The 12bn Bullet? On It’s Way.

Today was never going to be a good day. For a start the majority Conservative government was in Parliament delivering the Queen’s Speech and then I was going to have to actually watch it to find out what they have planned for the 12bn welfare cuts. Today was not pleasant but as rocky times are […]

Tory Majority Day 18: Reading The Observer Article, Ian Duncan Smith, 12 Bn Welfare Cuts

It was bank holiday Sunday yesterday and I got out of my home to go out for the short walk I’m meant to do daily to maintain my fitness – this is a form of Graded Exercise Therapy and yes, it’s something I’ve been advised to do by the NHS CFSME clinic.  The sense of exhaustion that I […]

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 7: The Mould Patrol At Home, Lunch Visit, Trust The Tory’s Welfare Reforms.

Wednesdays are a different day from the rest of my week because my 75 year old Dad comes to visit me at home. I cook homemade vegetable soup for our lunch – it’s cheap and he likes it – and I listen to him talking about all the things that have happened since last week […]

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 […]

Tory Majority Day 4: Balancing MECFS With Post UK Election Fallout

Monday May 11th. I need to be more careful.  On the Sunday of May Bank Holiday weekend – the weekend before the Election –  my family took me out for an afternoon. I was really looking forward to it but always with socialising, I’m wary of what it might mean for my health condition MECFS. […]

Tory Majority Day 3: What Happened In GE 2015?

Sunday May 10th  The ping-pong on social media amongst my Facebook friends calmed down towards the end of yesterday chiming with the sun warming the air that had been drizzling with rain. All the way through Friday after the Election results were confirmed there were constant comments from my friends and acquaintances over social media. […]

The Basics – The Conservative Majority And Disabled Life In The UK

Saturday May 9th: Starting this project Let’s start with a few questions: Who are you?  I’m a single woman in her 40s. I  live in London. The part of London I live in is a bright royal blue.  So is a lot of the rest of Britain since the General Election of 2 days ago confirmed […]