Dear readers I really hope that you are all ok and are well. It feels like everything has changed in the uk and not for the better either.
Thousands of people are ill with the Covid 19 (Coronavirus) virus and thousands have died also. We are also in lockdown only allowed out for essential trips such as food shopping, appointments with doctors etc and our permitted exercise.
Sadly so many people have been ignoring the lockdown and the restrictions and I expect the number of fatalities due to Covid 19 will peak in approximately two weeks.
What does lockdown mean to those of us that are abiding to the rules and have to abide to the rules because of health conditions?
People are now more isolated than they were before. A trip to the food bank or supermarket looking for bargains might have been the only time that they spoke to other people. Now they have to stay indoors and manage the best that they can.
Thousands of people are now realising how awful the Universal Credit system is and are wondering how they’re going to survive on it, the payments are too low and the five week wait is awful.
The truth is that we have been saying this for years but we were ignored by many, not all of the people now claiming Universal Credit. Whilst I’m not ignoring the fact that many have stood alongside us in solidarity, some didn’t and we were called scroungers by some of those now dependant on the benefits system.
We’ve been trying to survive on next to nothing for years, my disabled friends have been persecuted by the government for years.
Thousands of people have died as a result of the government’s draconian benefit system, the very same system that can and does take away the lifeline that keeps you alive.
At the touch of a button everything can be taken away from a person and yes whilst many cared, a far larger amount of people didn’t. Maybe they will now they’re having to experience life dependant on the torturous Universal Credit system.
What can we do to help?
We can help and advise people on what they should do, and we can signpost them to relevant organisations, supporting people in this capacity is so important.
I did go to our usual spot this Thursday to see how everyone was. To say they’re coping isn’t entirely accurate because its hard to cope when your support lines have been broken. I’m very limited as to what I can do to help because I’m also living on next to nothing. It’s awful but I’m plodding on as I say.
As I write this its Easter Sunday and whilst people are celebrating with Easter eggs and Sunday dinners thousands of people won’t be celebrating, they’ll be thinking about how they’re going to manage for the upcoming days. Believe me there’s nothing worse than being hungry at a time when others are celebrating.
The Covid 19 virus has changed the way that people work, live and survive beyond recognition. It’s highlighted how fragile many links in society were, how precarious paid employment is and how we can loose everything in such a short amount of time.
Covid 19 has also highlighted how precious life is, that we can’t take it for granted and it’s also showed us unlimited amounts of pain and grief when loved ones succumb to it and die.
The government doesn’t really care though, they see each and every one of us as expendable, if we die tough. They’re still using their herd immunity policy in all but name. We all need to highlight their cruelty and show them that everyone is valuable, every life is important. If we don’t they’ll carry on regardless because they don’t care.
Whilst our country has changed beyond recognition we must get through this a day at a time, our future is uncertain and living with this uncertainty is extremely stressful.
My thoughts and sympathies go to everyone that have died from Covid 19 and related illnesses, to their loved ones that are grieving and can’t give them the funeral that they would have wanted to. To loose someone so suddenly and unexpectedly must be extremely painful.
Please keep strong, you are important despite what the government says. Lets take each day as it comes together. We can do this.
Love to you all xxxx
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