Necessity is the mother of invention?
Here we go again. I've heard a few people say recently that hard times force us to innovate. There's truth in that - but hard times also tempt us to turn on each other. I've heard people say, "it's not fair, we need to bring the learning disability spend in line with older people" - yeah go on there's progress...look how shit it is over there, let's make this as shit as that!
For years people have been talking of people's gifts and building stronger communities - in times of plenty those conversations were sometimes ignored.
Now times are tough and the voices who largely ignored the 'community' call are couching the vicious cuts in the language of opportunity.
Technology to assist people to take control is being used to justify the cuts. Dressed up in 'assistive' language. We are clothing cuts in the language of plenty.
Not so much 'Emperor's New Clothes' more 'Emperor's Weekend Underpants' - you know the one's that you only use in an emergency...saggy elastic, washed out colour, perhaps a little hole starting, even perhaps some mysterious stains......everybody's got a pair.
I'm going to carry my emergency underpants around with me - and whenever anyone disguises a cut with bullshit - I'm going to put them on my head.
I urge you to do the same. A movement. We've got to do something. Underpants is as good a place to start as any.
I know that the my use of 'emperor's new clothes' doesn't really fit this situation - but I can't think clearly with these underpants on my head....