Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Behind The Scenes
My arch-nemesis is the common cold. My other disabilities are something I'm used to, and, frustrating as they may be sometimes, they are a part of me. But colds get me down. That said, my discussion of my virus-riddled body isn't (just) a symptom of abject self-pity.
There is a lot going on behind the scenes at The Broken of Britain this week. Left Out In The Cold has generated a lot of attention for the campaign against the Welfare Reform Bill, and most of the work has involved dealing with this.
The most interesting payoffs have come from consistently lobbying MPs of all political persuasions.The problem with this is that, sooner or later, successful lobbying will mean that you get invited to meeting under the Chatham House Rule, meaning that we could tell you what was said, but not who said it.
Accepting such an invitation would reduce us to the same standards as the big charities before the Welfare Reform Act 2007. When The Broken of Britain was set up, we decided to be a voice for disabled people but not an unelected spokesperson, like the big charities, making decisions for all disabled people.
On the other hand, going to the meeting is recognition of our very real concerns about the Welfare Reform Bill. There is a slim opportunity that we may be able to push forward our suggested amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill, and we can definitely discuss the "anti-disability" provisions and the failure of DLA.
So we have to ask the people who matter: do you want The Broken of Britain to go to the meeting? If so, what do you want us to say? This is for you to decide.
This is where the cold enters the picture. The decision is yours on principle. But I also have a cold and my head is fuzzy, so I'm delegating. I'm off to bed...