It’s 22 June 2014 – the day after the First Carers Virtual Strike. (For folks, this virtual strike is only the first of many.)
How did it go? Well, it got a lot of coverage from some quarters – and carers’ groups in Australia and Northern Ireland have contacted us, interested in doing the same. Guardian Social Care was supportive – and a lot of Carers joined in.Because Carers were interested.
But, to be honest, we know that, don’t we?
Were many others? Did Russell Brand take his shirt off for us? Did Owen Jones complain that the BBC had failed to cover our plight? More interestingly, did Iain Duncan Smith, elected by the people of Britain and appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions answer by so much as a word the 1,000 polite emails sent directly to him that pointed him towards the Carers Manifesto and asked him for change?
In each case the answer to the question is “Don’t be daft! ”
Folks, blokes, positive jokes, we carers will carry on making our point until each and every one of the purblind people of this country recognise the things that really matter. And close to the top of this list should be the fact that our NHS and Social Care system does not acknowledge that it is totally and charmlessly reliant on several million family carers working round the clock for nothing. And that no government or party wants to change this fact
I will write about the First Virtual Strike shortly, but today it seems an appropriate time to reblog this piece (written before Christmas).
The RSPCA tells me that there are a million stray cats in the UK. And I know there are also a million of us full-time, unpaid carers.
Have a think about this for a moment. The two facts should not be mutually exclusive.
Yet when was the last time your Facebook timeline was filled with pictures of suffering family carers? with piteous appeals from charities whose only aim is to make carers’ life better (“Carrie has not slept a full night for ten years. Could you give up a little of your precious time to help her?“)? with exhortations not to forget at this festive season? with appeals for time, funding, volunteers?
I’m not really asking you this question. We all know the answer.
Chums – let me tell you, an unpaid family carer may need funding, support, volunteers quite as much as a cat. Maybe – speak…
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