Last reply 3 weeks ago
Calling UK MSers!

In politics, those of us who are ill and disabled are often overlooked. We’re too busy to campaign, too knackered to kick up a fuss and protest marches are a tough gig when you can’t walk to the post box.

BUT we can vote!

There’s 100,000 people with MS in the UK. And 11 million disabled people of voting age. We CAN make a difference.

The choices aren’t so great this time round (massive understatement, I know) but not voting denies us the voice we so desperately need. Registering to vote takes a few minutes online: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Registration closes on the *26th November*

There’s also guidance how to vote by post or by proxy if you can’t make it in person.

I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, obviously, but would ask you to take a long, hard look at the present government’s record on the NHS and welfare of the disabled. It’s not pretty.

If you do want to try and avoid another Tory government, check out this guys website:
https://jonworth.eu/2019-uk-general-election-tactical-voting-guide/
It’s based on tactical voting for Remain, but some Leavers may still like to use it if they feel that NHS and other issues are now more important that the B word.

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highlander
3 weeks ago

@imbarca
This is Not the right place to be getting political.
But I’ll have my tenpence worth….
🎶We’ll keep the red flag flying high….
🎶Go Jeremy Corbyn!!!!
Straight onwards to bankrupting the country again…….
Short-term benefits long-term pain.
No matter who’s in charge…. we’re all doomed.
Find a cure…. that’ll get my vote.


imbarca
3 weeks ago

@highlander

Not the right place for getting party political, I agree with you there. But having a long-term illness/disability IS political.

Absolutely find a cure – vote for whoever you think will fund that! 🙂


guinness
3 weeks ago

@highlander I will never vote Tory while ever I have got a Hole in my Arse, having to prove to a JUDGE and a DOCTOR in a Magistrate Court that I am ill when there are thousands milking the system who have F–k all wrong with them. @imbarca take your posts elsewhere.


imbarca
3 weeks ago

@guiness, I am genuinely sorry to have offended in any way. I am not campaigning for a political party of any shade and currently have no clue which of the current shower of shite to vote for myself. I have MS and have been a member for several yeasr now and have never posted anything remotely political before. I’m just fed up of disabled people being treated badly by one government after another and no-one seeming to care.

Everyone talks about the student vote or the grey vote or even the pink vote, but no-one seems interested in us.

@stumbler, if you or any of the other mods think this is inappropriate, please delete it, I don’t want to upset people, just don’t know where else I can talk about this.


imbarca
3 weeks ago

@guinness, not guiness. Apologies.


highlander
3 weeks ago

@imbarca
We have a colour…. Sunflower yellow.
It covers people with invisible disabilities.
https://www.rnib.org.uk/rnibconnect/hidden-disabilities-lanyard
It was mentioned on the TV last night.
Good idea me thinks.


stumbler
3 weeks ago

@imbarca , @guinness et al , what’s wrong with political discussion, it has an impact on all of us?

Everyone has their own opinion and we should respect that. There really is no need for offence to be caused and unpleasantness to be thrown around.

Let’s get back to playing nicely together.


guinness
3 weeks ago

@imbarca no need to apologise, people have no idea how hard it is for people with a Disability to manage their lives, until they too become Disabled, I know I never did. And when you ask for help, and assistance, its all form filling,and telephone calls and your day in Court nothing is going to change, whoever gets into number 10.


imbarca
3 weeks ago

@highlander Yes, I think the Sunflower lanyard is a good idea. Sadly not needed in my case as my disability is all too visible these days.

@guinness and @stumbler. Thank you. Was beginning to think I should stick to posting funny cat videos or something similarly uncontroversial…


guinness
3 weeks ago

@stumbler you know that voice in your head that stops you from saying the words you shouldn’t, well I don’t seem to have one of those!


elisabeth_turner
3 weeks ago

@imbarca….I LOVE funny cat videos!!!! 🙂


stumbler
3 weeks ago

@guinness , having MS ensures that we may all suffer from pent-up frustrations and we are all guilty of letting off a bit of stream.

Us MSers just don’t need any stress, so I’ll be glad when the stress of this election is over. Then we can look forward to …………oh, sh*t, Xmas!

Anyway, elections aren’t about voting for who you like! It’s more a case of voting for the one you dislike the least!

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