Bethan explains her rationale for demonstrating as follows:
30 people have died as a direct result of the government’s ‘welfare reforms’. Thousands have died after being found ‘fit for work’. Over the long term, as more and more is taken away there will be increasing harm and death, including many hidden ones. The fine and costs come to more than I earn in a month, the judge said that on a whole £700 a month of course I’d have no trouble paying it back. After rent, travel to work, food and paying off loans I don’t have money left at the end of the month, and my salary is going down soon, so I’m not sure what will happen next. Except that I’m going to keep saying that Cameron has blood on his hands.
The estimation of thirty people dying from welfare cuts and sanctions derives from Calums List, a website collating media stories on individuals cited to have been killed as a direct of consequence of said welfare "reforms". There is no way of knowing how many more dozens may have died already; and we can assume there will certainly be dozens of cases in the future.
According to the Department of Work and Pensions itself, in response to a Freedom of Information request, at least 10,600 severely disabled and sick people died within 6 weeks of having their Employment and Support Allowance withdrawn by the DWP, after undergoing an Atos 'Work Capability Assessment', and being deemed 'fit for work'.
|Steve Bell - May 2011|
The mass death caused by this industrialised medical malpractice backed by state culpability is not necessarily genocide, as it is not strictly a deliberate killing of a group of persons (in this case disabled and unwell) driven by political power. The political scientist Rudolph Rummell, however, describes democide as the following: The murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder.
Rummell further elaborates: Democide is meant to define the killing by government as the concept of murder does individual killing in domestic society. Here intentionality (premeditation) is critical. This also includes practical intentionality. If a government causes deaths through a reckless and depraved indifference to human life, the deaths were as though intended. If through neglect a mother lets her baby die of malnutrition, this is murder. If we imprison a girl in our home, force her to do exhausting work throughout the day, not even minimally feed and clothe her, and watch her gradually die a little each day without helping her, then her inevitable death is not only our fault, but our practical intention. It is murder.
I believe that the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of disabled and sick people in the UK, directly caused by the collusion between the Department and Work Pensions and Atos in the Work Capability Assessment system, and the reckless and depraved ethos justifying it, constitutes democidal mass murder by proxy (at the very least manslaughter) by David Cameron's government. It is why Bethan Titchbourne was right to say that CAMERON HAS BLOOD ON HIS HANDS.
We can respond to this flagrantly politicised assault on our freedom of expression by the legal system in the following way:
- Join the #cameronhasbloodonhishands Twitter hashtag campaign. Use the hashtag when possible when discussing the UK's disability welfare and human rights issues.
- Say "Cameron has blood on his hands" at anti-government and anti-cuts demonstrations. Chant it. Brandish signs with the slogan on it. If in the circumstance you encounter or see David Cameron in public (I emphasise public), be sure to make him hear how drenched in blood his hands are.
We will not tolerate the state's democide, and its attempts to suppress dissent against it, laying down.