There is rightful condemnation of the recent revelation that thousands of benefit claimants have died shortly after being told they are fit to work. I will not comment about this fully in print for legal reasons, however, on the broader issue of the relationship between the assessor and those assessed, Chana Joffe-Walt [pps.npr.org/unfit-for-work] gives an insight into the unsuitability of those empowered to judge others.
‘One woman I met, Ethel Thomas, is on disability for back pain after working many years at the fish plant, and then as a nurse’s aide. When I asked her what job she would have in her dream world, she told me she would be the woman at the Social Security office who weeds through disability applications. I figured she said this because she thought she’d be good at weeding out the cheaters. But that wasn’t it. She said she wanted this job because it is the only job she’s seen where you get to sit all day. At first, I found this hard to believe. But then I started looking around town. There’s the McDonald’s, the fish plant, the truck repair shop. I went down a list of job openings — Occupational Therapist, McDonald’s, McDonald’s, Truck Driver (heavy lifting), KFC, Registered Nurse, McDonald’s. I actually think it might be possible that Ethel could not conceive of a job that would accommodate her pain’.
Those not fit to judge and those they judge:
the mentally well – the mentally ill
sedentary workers – manuel workers
the young – the old
the old – the young
men – women
white men and women – black men and women
Christians – Muslims
the rich – the poor
the physically healthy – the physically disabled
a heterosexual – a homosexual
the NMC – a foreign nurse
But, those not fit to judge are given that most modern of aids – a check box to tick! The grand irony in all this is that such instruments of assessment are usually devised by young, straight, healthy white men, who come from a privileged background, and who sit on their arse all day dreaming of ways to assess the less fortunate, who they are clueless about.
DWP staff – a dozen a dime jobsworths assisting the ideological divide and rule strategy of the ruling elite.
lenin nightingale 2015