On the first day of September 1939, Adolf Hitler signed what was to become known as the “euthanasia decree”. It must have been a busy day for Adolf because after breakfast he ordered his army to invade Poland and in doing so started the Second World War.
A mere 73 years later, gay people were kettled at a Pride march in Brighton for daring to be political yet the EDL were allowed to parade their loathsome carcasses through the streets of London unmolested. If he had lived, Hitler would today be a very happy 123 year-old. On Friday, the Metropolitan police served and protected our community by using excessive force to break up a peaceful demonstration by people with disabilities outside the Department for Work and Pensions. It`s good to know that our fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers victory over fascism was not in vain.
The “euthanasia decree” was one of the very few orders that Hitler actually signed preferring to avoid any written evidence of mass murder. He actually signed it in October but dated it 1st September presumably to justify killings that had already taken place. The decree, in translation, states:
“Reich Leader Bouhler and Dr. Med. Brandt are charged with the responsibility of enlarging the competence of certain physicians, designated by name in such manner that persons who, according to human judgement, are considered incurable can, upon a most discerning diagnosis of their condition of sickness, be accorded a mercy death.”
Amazingly, state sanctioned murder was sold to the German people as a progressive, compassionate form of what we might today call assisted suicide. They started with infants and newborns with physical disabilities but quickly moved on to older children and adolescents and included those who they considered to be “retarded”. Families were told that their children had died of pneumonia. It wasn`t long before adults with disabilities became part of the cull. Doctors were issued with tick box questionnaires to assess those considered “unworthy of life”. Individual medical conditions, variability or possible treatment were not taken into consideration. The perverted logic of the Aktion T4 programme led directly to the Holocaust.
Atos are a private IT company employed by the Department of Work and Pensions and, by implication, the British tax payer to assess the eligibility of British tax payers for Employment and Support Allowance. ESA was once called Incapacity Benefit and was the safety net for people unable to work due to illness or disability. At the heart of ESA is the Work Capability Assessment, a tick box questionnaire. Individual medical conditions, variability or possible treatment are not taken into consideration. Atos contract “medical practitioners” who are untrained in mental health or other disability issues to tick the boxes that only exist to save £1billion from the welfare budget. Atos have sent letters to terminally ill cancer patients, quadriplegics, people in comas and even corpses telling them that according to their Work Capability Assessment, they are fit for work and will have their ESA benefits withdrawn. With unemployment on the increase and jobs already scarce, the Office for National Statistics will probably include the dead to prove that unemployment is falling. It is estimated that 32 people who have had rightful entitlement to benefit removed die every week as a result. Some would have died anyway as a result of their medical condition; some would have succumbed to the unnecessary distress and some have taken their own lives. More than 40 per cent of appeals against Atos decisions are upheld which is a cost to the exchequer rather than the profits of Atos. One wonders if Iain Duncan Smith has read Mein Kampf.
Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling and the embarrassing Maria Miller are so pleased with the performance of Atos that they are paying more of our money to Atos to undertake assessments for Disability Living Allowance. With a Prime Minister and Chancellor taking every opportunity to slag off and then destroy the public sector; then to stress that our only hope lies with the private sector and billionaires who allegedly “create wealth”, companies like Atos along with G4S, A4E, Virgin and here in lovely Walsall the evil Serco will continue to make money out of misery and not provide an adequate service. We have reached the stage where public services are not provided by publically elected representatives and their officers but outsourced to private cowboy venture capitalists driven by greed rather than care. Aneurin Bevan must be turning in his grave and Adolf must be hugging his knees, rocking to and fro and saying “Ja, ja, ja, imagine what I could have achieved with a full set of testicles.”
Perhaps the biggest irony is that Atos is a major sponsor of the Paralympic Games and the perverted logic of profit means that if you can swim 400 metres in under five minutes 20 you cannot have a disability and if you can break the world record for running 200 metres on springs you will not qualify for DLA. With benefit fraud running at less than 0.5 per cent and billions of pounds going unclaimed, this inept government are happy to destroy the lives of people by withdrawing vital support whilst taking back-handers from the corrupt corporate interests that are actually in control of this once proud nation. The incredible achievements of paralympians must, must, must be celebrated but we still have a long way to go when the retarded Boris Johnston describes wheelchair basketball as being more exciting than “real” basketball and a Channel 4 commentator saying that Ellie Simmonds gold medal was almost as big as the athlete herself. Comparing record breaking paralympians with the majority of people with disabilities is disingenuous to say the least. How would Boris or indeed the equally moronic Cameron do against Usain Bolt or Mohamed Farah?
Prior to the introduction of the Aktion T4 programme, the Third Reich introduced a concerted public relations campaign to vilify people with disabilities. Weirdly, propaganda chief Joseph Goebbles had a congenital club foot and was rumoured to have Jewish ancestry. Governments may come and governments may go but only the hypocrisy remains.
Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling, Maria Miller and Lord Freud should take a look at this:
With the cursor poised nervously over the publish button, this arrived on the internet this morning. I had thought that the Downfall parodies had had their day and had become rather tiresome but this is more documentary than satire.