Anyone who reads my blog knows that for the last 18 months, I’ve gone the entire pandemic with absolutely zero support. I’ve been on national and international TV, radio, newspapers. Been debated in Parliament and written a best-selling book and that doesn’t even come close to covering it all.
Apart from the government discrimination and by and large a total lack of interest from the general public at large (mainly as they have all been very well supported), it’s been hard to physically protest given the whole virus situation and the fact gatherings of people have for long periods been illegal…. how convenient! Though we did as ExcludedUK manage to squeeze in a protest 9 or so months ago.
Having been ignored countless times by my MP and indeed man in government responsible for helping my job-industry, a person who I’ve heard described as Chocolate Teapot Oliver Dowden I was happy and proud to be invited to take part in this new event by ExcludedUnity, the first of several planned direct, physical protests across the country.
There were journalists and tv crews around and though I more than did my bit, it was a big team effort in which I am just a tiny if impassioned, eloquent cog.
Here are a few photos from the day. You’ll note the total lack of interest from any government minister, including my own even though I messaged him repeatedly. Another MP told me he probably holds me in total contempt and can’t be bothered to lift a finger to help…. surely not!!!
Obviously if the government was correct that all have been well looked after and life was back to normal then none of us would have the time or motivation to travel across the country to protest. 16 months or so after Chancellor Rishi Sunak promised that no-one will be left behind or without hope, I will leave it for you to decide having read my blog for over a year whether he is a liar or I am though surely a quick look at the photos will show an absolute total lack of tourists. An average person might wonder how I am surviving or maybe a tour guide with no tourists might need help but apparently not Oliver Dowden or the government.
You can click on the photos below for a better view
It was a great event to be a part of and like with survivors of all disasters and traumas, the only people who can really know what it has been like others like yourself who have lived through it too. I can safely say I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t been Excluded who has more than the vaguest idea of what it is like and most don’t even care anyway.
It does seem strange though for a country and government famed across the world for being into small business and individuals to treat 3 million of the hardest working and most talented people like this. We have always been labelled the ;Backbone of Britain’. They wanted adulation, they’ve got enemies. They wanted patriots, they have revolutionaries.
If you’re interested in the plight of people like myself who are now nearing 18 months (in my case at 18 months) without any help whatsoever from the government then do look at my best-selling £xcluded Voices book.
If you clock on the link above you can see the official Press Release from Excluded Unity Alliance or download it to your computer. I’ve also copied below just a few key moments from just some of our guest speakers.
Esther McVey MP, Conservative
“People cannot live on fresh air, people cannot go on not knowing what is happening to them. You have to pay to exist day to day, week to week and the people here for such a prolonged period of time have had no support and it’s not just the financial drain, it is the emotional drain, it is the physical health drain that has affected so many people.”
Ian Blackford MP, SNP
“By god, what a bunch of tyrant people. It is the lack of humanity, it’s the lack of compassion, and I make no apology that a few months ago that I said in Parliament that a number of people had committed suicide. That’s a very emotive thing to say and I knew that elements of the press would come after me but we needed to bring home to the Government the scale of the human cost, what this was doing to people, what this was doing to families, what this was doing to relationships, what this was doing to people’s mental and physical health. And in a time of need, the Government, the Prime Minister, the Chancellor simply walked away from their obligations.
“I am still so angry that the opportunity was right there at the start and has remained all the way through the crisis, that could have dealt with and this has not been taken up”.
“What is a Government if it isn’t there to support people? Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak have an awful lot to learn.”
Jonathan Banks, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman
“The mantra from the Treasury and Government was that ‘no- one would be left behind’. They were. In large numbers. A complete disaster this Government should, and almost certainly did forsee.”
“3.8 million people deserve proper answers. The time for that is now, 16 months from Mr Sunak’s proclamation. To be incredibly clear the Government have NOT done what they promised to do.”
Paula Barker MP, Labour
“So I joined the APPG, I signed letters, I’ve done social media, I’ve had meetings with my constituents, and this fight and my solidarity will continue until you get the justice that you so rightly deserve. Your fight of being excluded will not be forgotten.”
“Life is so incredibly precious and no one should feel so lost because the system has failed to provide adequate support”.
“I do make this promise to you today, I will continue to ask questions of the Government, I will take whatever action I can to ensure that your voices are heard and this grave injustice is rectified. You have my unwavering support and solidarity.”
Brian Donaldson, Excluded NI
“I don’t see why there is any reasonable reason other than Rishi Sunak cannot admit fault. He seems to be saving face rather than delivering for the people who have elected him. At the end of the day, he is elected by the people to serve the people and he is failing every single one of us”.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, Leader, DUP
“The most important thing in our country today is not the economy, it is the people. The first duty of a Prime Minister is the security of the people, their safety, their protection, that’s our first responsibility. We’re elected by the people, it’s supposed to be government of the people, for the people, by the people. We’re your representatives, we’re your delegates, you delegate us to represent you and therefore I think that the Government must invest in the human capital of this nation”.