So the Wowpetition has got its signatures and it had its ‘debate’, where all the MPs said the right words in the hope of winning votes, but what has it achieved? Nothing so far, because what has been happening with ATOS has nothing to do to their ‘campaigning’ but more to do with wider issues. And why have they have not yet achieved anything? I would argue that the reason for this is that they are being protestors, not politicians and while they remain outside the political system throwing stones at the windows, they will achieve nothing but anger, frustration and bitterness.
They assumed they are the first disabled people to ever confront the government but we were hear 20 years ago for civil rights, and disabled people won be being politicians and we have a whole array of disabled people, including myself, to work with government, whoever in power, to make things happened. And I am annoyed that because I am heavy criticised for playing politics, with the real possibility of achieving change, which is why I tried to work with ATOS, rather than being a bitter and twisted protestor.
If Wowpetition is serious about using the energy they are created successfully, then they need to move from being protestors to politicians, so they are work with the government as adults, not children. This means they must let go of the sneering and finger pointing, and focus on the changes they desire.
To start this, I urge them, and the many other groups who wish to be taken serious, to immediately issue a public statement condemning any threats that MAY have been made against ATOS and any other staff as an act of providing them with the moral high ground. I have been bemused by the fact the Wowpetition have dared called ATOS liars on the very serious matter since it does not assist their creditability and is a defensive stance they may cause them problems in the future when they want to talk to the government.
I also personally urge them to take the accusations that ‘ATOS kills’, solely based in statistical manipulation and implications, as opposed to hard provable evidence. While such accusations may be fine is you wish to remain an extreme minority of ‘left wing’ anti-everything protestors,if they wish to really make a difference in real terms, and not just enjoy being anti-change, they are accepted that their counterparts in government are human beings who also trying to do their best, even if it is not as people with it to be,
The wow petition can ignore my advice but if they do, they will just be remembered as a protest group which got a debate in parliament who were too hostile to achieved anything and failed to act with maturity.
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