This video from England is called No to Disability Cuts! March of the Uninvisible People, Oxford 2011.
By Conrad Landin in Britain:
Auntie does know best, eh Dave?
Wednesday 17th February 2016
Agony for PM as his own aunt takes part in her second protest against kids’ centre cuts
DAVID CAMERON’S aunt picketed her local council yesterday to save children’s centres from the government’s axe in the Prime Minister’s own backyard.
Clare Currie protested for the second time in four days at Oxford’s County Hall to “stop the cuts” because they would “affect the most vulnerable.”
A whopping additional £50 million cuts to front-line services in Oxfordshire means that vital play-and-stay sessions and youth services are at risk of “vanishing altogether,” general union Unite said.
Both Mr Cameron’s mother Mary and his aunt Ms Currie have spoken out against the closures of children’s centres. Protesting outside the council meeting yesterday, Ms Currie told the Oxford Mail: “I just wanted to try to stop the cuts from happening in Oxford.
“They will affect the most vulnerable and I think it just increases isolation and loneliness for all groups of people.”
Workers staged a 24-hour strike yesterday, with hundreds of workers picketing the 44 children’s centres earmarked for closure.
Outside the centres and at a lobby of the council meeting, protesters wielded placards that read: “David — listen to your mother!”
Labour shadow communities secretary Jon Trickett told the Star: “If even Tory councils can’t manage in spite of the bungs ministers offered to them last week, it shows the terrible state of the situation elsewhere.
“Local residents face a double whammy of inflation-busting council tax rises at the same time as significant cuts to public services. Only in the nightmare world of Osbornomics can you simultaneously have tax rises and service cuts.
“Since he won’t listen to anyone else, it’s time he listened to his mum and his auntie.”
The council had already planned £292m worth of cuts between 2010-18. Until this week officers expected councillors to rubber stamp the budget with ease, but the defection of an independent councillor who had previously supported the Tories threw yesterday’s meeting onto a knife edge.
A series of primeministerial blunders have thrown the cuts in Oxfordshire, which includes Mr Cameron‘s Witney constituency, into the spotlight.
In November it was revealed that the Prime Minister had written to Tory council leader Ian Hudspeth suggesting the authority make “back-office savings” rather than cut the front line.
His critics said the “high-handed and arrogant” letter showed that he failed to realise the effects of his government’s cuts.
Tory council chiefs are also seeking to withdraw funding from brain injury charity Headway, which accused the Prime Minister of “cynical vote-garnering.”
Unite Oxfordshire branch officer Tom Sutherland said: “David Cameron‘s hypocrisy is mindboggling.”
Earlier this week Cameron called for the government to place a greater focus on mental health, after a report found inadequate care had led to “thousands of tragic and unnecessary deaths.”
But Headway chief executive Jamie Miller said it was “incredibly cynical” and accused him of trying to “garner the votes of the public by being seen to be empathic to the needs of those that his policies are actually persecuting for having the temerity to be ill, elderly or poor.”
“Instead of cutting the funding for charities that provide the most cost effective solutions to the increasing demand, why not invest prudently in a well resourced health and social care system that actually works for the benefit of those that need it, whatever their condition” he asked.