10,000 Cuts and Counting: A Ceremony of Remembrance and Solidarity

10,000-cutsA ceremony of remembrance and solidarity for all those who have their lives destroyed by austerity is being held in Parliament Square on Saturday 28th September from noon.  From the organiser’s website:


10 Thousands Cuts & Counting is a a ceremony of remembrance and solidarity for those who have had their lives devastated by the austerity programme, including more than 10,000 people who died shortly after undergoing the Atos Work Capability Assessment, the degrading test used by the government to assess the needs of people receiving benefits related to disability and ill health.

The gathering will demand an immediate end to the Work Capability Assessment, as voted for by the British Medical Association, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions.

28th September • Parliament Square, London • 12 noon
Disabled people are leading the fight back against the injustices of austerity: we cannot stand idly by while our communities and institutions are devastated by this government.Share the event on Facebook and sign the #wowpetition

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42 responses to “10,000 Cuts and Counting: A Ceremony of Remembrance and Solidarity


  2. 30 months in jail for trying to keep warm:


    This Winter I will be in the same position as this man was. I cannot afford to heat my home as my benefits have been reduced by 25%.

  3. He was quite rightly prosecuted for endangering others lives, would you light a fire and leave it unattended? Yes someone should be helping him and maybe now they will, maybe in some way going to prison has somewhat
    saved his life, because the authorities cannot brush off his needs as they could before! I think the man will take this chance!!

    • He wasn’t prosecuted for endangering anyone’s life. He was just trying to keep warm and stay alive with no benefits and no gas or electricity. He endangered no one.

    • overburdenddonkey

      he was convicted for simple arson.
      love and compassion ie paying his benefit entitlement and/or a loving compassionate society, would help this human being to meet his basic human rights and needs for vitals, one of which is warmth..not just in the hearth, but in the heart, the helping hands of kindness, saves lives…

    • Gimme Hope Jo'anna

      “His benefit payments had been stopped for ten weeks because he failed to attend an interview and he had no gas or electricity.”
      ‘Buttershaw housing tennant started blaze in gas fire hearth’, Jenny Loweth, 3 Aug 2013

    • Whilst he shouldn’t have started a fire in his flat, he only did it because he had no money, and he had no money because of this unpleasant government.

      • Why shouldn’t he have started a fire?, it was in the fireplace! The very place you are supposed to light a bloody fire!!! It as an absolute travesty of justice that this mas was jailed. The Judge is a fucking lunatic.

        • if he had gas and electricity he wouldnt have started the fire.he should/t have been charged with arson anyway,if the judge had any thought he should have turned on a failed system for failing the person.

          how would anyone have reacted if they faced the same.

          if anyone should be jailed it is ian duncan smith.

  4. overburdenddonkey

    the wca is used to drain the energies of disabled people and force them to give up ones claim to benefit entitlement. disability always means one has less energy than non-disabled, ie if fully fit and therefore healthy…we all know that future over-activity will drain us, so therefore we dread being summoned, doing the form filling and pleading for our benefit entitlement. disability benefit entitlements is/was originally intended to bring relief and dignity to sufferers.
    when these benefits are truthfully applied they do bring much needed relief, but when one has to constantly prove need via cruelling tests and tasks, they no longer do, now our need for these vital benefits is being used to caused our suffering…we cannot do without these vital benefits, we are now trapped, restricted and drained, by our disabilities…all energies now going in constantly proving need, any extra energies, that benefit entitlement relief was designed to give, and we might once have had, is being sucked dry to prove need….we are being goaded by this current and cruel system…

  5. Owen Jones putting very eloquently, things into perspective & of course the BBC bod (forget his name) refused to listen & kept banging his gums about “benefit fraud” – http://youtu.be/KbxrrTNTWMQ

  6. “Parliament Square?”, I doubt if the runways at Heathrow, could hold all the people who have been wronged by the “Wankers of Westminster”

  7. Quite surprised the British government have’nt bought the Costa Concordia as a prison ship. They could staff it with workfare and park it up north, out of the way.
    Osborne could be captain and run ashore, leaving everyone to perish and the anchor chain could be the national debt dragging it down…

    • something survived...

      Although, as I recall, under a maritime law if you are on a ship with a captain who goes crazy, you are allowed to depose, restrain and imprison him and find somebody NORMAL to take over

  8. As I commented yesterday,43,000 claimants are suffering retrospective sanctions of their benefits. I was told this by a dwp employee when I phoned them to find out why my claim for hardship payment was turned down, the letter I received just said “For failing market conditins” what the fuck does that mean?

  9. ps “conditions”.

  10. overburdenddonkey

    murray..have you tried these people?http://www.edinburghagainstpoverty.org.uk/

  11. overburdenddonkey

    Someone wants to find out where that job centre manager lives and make a citizens arrest on charges of theft of peoples benefits, not to mention crimes against humanity.

  12. Donkey….no heard the workers song since the 70s, when I was just becoming a worker.

    • “We congratulate our members on their determination to resist this draconian attack on civil liberties. We instruct our members to take industrial action short of strikes from 00:01 on Thursday 19 September 2013 until further notice, by booking on and off duty using the established method and not using the biometric machines.”


    • The Mark of the Beast

      “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

      Revelation 13

  13. Annos

    Just read all of your stuff on digital spying and being forced to sign up for it.

  14. rainbowwarriorlizzie

    Reblogged this on HUMAN RIGHTS & POLITICAL JOURNAL and commented:
    See You There In Solidarity!!

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