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Posted: August 16th. 2012 3:02:56 PM

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The British Inquisition

by Moonlight Wolf

Age Group: Adult



And so it was declared
By the blue lords
With the meek agreement of the lords in yellow
And the encouragement of dead trees
That there were witches out there.

These witches were abnormal
For they claimed to be unable to work
Because they were ill
Or recovering from operation
Or permanently disabled
Or mentally impaired.
They claimed money to help them live.

The dead trees and their people
Did not like this, crying foul
There was so much money
Given to these witches
For surely so many could not be unable
Regardless of how many accidents happened
Regardless of how many illnesses endured
Regardless of how many soldiers in war
Regardless of birth and child bearing
Surely these people were lying witches.

Among them were always
Witches who lied about themselves
Witches who were lost in darkness
Witches who were just lazy
Witches who needed the tough love
Of a harsh system and hand.

And so it was declared
By the blue lords
With the meek agreement of the lords in yellow
And the encouragement of the dead trees
That these witches would be dealt with.

A Witchfinder General was appointed
One known by the name of Atos
From over the English Channel.
He would be in charge of rooting out these witches
With a suggestion that no more
Than an average of one eighth
Be found innocent of any wrongdoing.

The witches were summoned
Before their Inquisition
To see if they were innocent or guilty.
"Lift your arms above your head"
"Move and empty box"
"Stand up and sit down."
Their scores were noted by Atos
Who calculated them in a shorter time
Than it takes for the supposed witch to appear.

The amputee was found a witch
And declared fit unless no arms were there.
The one with cancer was found a witch
And declared fit for they could recover.
The sectioned was found a witch
And declared fit while in psychiatric care.
One needing constant care was found a witch
And declared fit for they could still walk
The wheelchair user was found a witch
And declared fit for they could sit
The one with crutches was found a witch
And declared fit for they could use a wheel chair
The one with only one finger was found a witch
And declared fit for they could push buttons.
The one too ill to attend was found a witch
And declared fit for they clearly feared such a judgement.

All those and many more found witches
Were sent to what might have been a gallows
Swinging between the Witchfinder declaring them fit
And the recruiters and employers declaring them unfit
Choking off the money they needed.
Some had health choked off,
Some were choked off by distress
And for some it even choked off their lives.

And so it was declared
By the judges, doctors and charities
That these people should have the right to appeal
And many of them won that appeal
Before it was declared again
That they should be summoned once more
To the British Inquisition
And the Witchfinder General Atos.

And this was supported by
The blue lords and the dead trees
With a meek nod from the lords in yellow
That such people were still witches
And so only the dying
Had the best hope of being found innocent.




Author's Notes: This was something I had to get off my chest- especially after seeing both Panorama's and Channel 4 Dispatches on the subject.

It is about the government generally declaring that a disabled person needs to be constantly tested to make sure that they really are disabled and cannot work, despite the fraud rate for disability benefits being 0.5% according to DWP figures.

Is the idea of disabled people being treated like witches in the Inquisition or in witch hunts in general an exaggeration? It might be but I think that might be the way a lot of people going through the Atos system feel as it causes them a lot of distress and can even make their health suffer- mentally and physically.

While the idea of getting disabled people into work is a noble one, the system being used is horribly misguided. Just like those accused of witchcraft during the Inquisition- everyone targeted is seen as guilty until proven innocent. The system is too rigid and fails to take into account medication and hospital stays. It never looks at whether an employer would hire a disabled person and whether that disabled person would be able to last in the workplace. But as usual, the Government is being thick headed and refuses to admit that it has cocked up.


Author's Location: Bradford, England
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