UKIP and Carers – the 10%

So 1 in 10 Brits voted UKIP last week? 


Seems like the media can’t stop drivelling on about it. And people can’t stop drivelling about the media coverage.

Yet – amidst all the tumult and the shouting – here is one fact the media have missed reporting . As they have, consistently, for years and years and years.

There’s another one in 10 people in the UK who nobody mentions – the one in 10 who are unpaid family carers. On  duty – responsible for someone’s life –  many for the full 168 hours a week, week in, week out.  It is quite as dreadful as it sounds. You have difficulty with everything: working, sleeping, socialising, existing.  Paying bills. Getting out.  You don’t tend to get luxuries like bank holidays. And, no, you don’t get used to it.

Successive governments have failed to support us.

Yes – we carers could really have done with some of the publicity for our situation that the media and the media circus  are giving to Mr Farage and his cohort. Some of the sheer amount of time  that  so many people online and on air, in blogs and Twitterland  have  spent on iterating and reiterating the bleeding obvious, safe in their cosy, cushioned, unstressed citadels of  outrage -insulated from any but theoretical emotions on any topic. 

Think about this for one moment, eh?

And then recognise why I -and all those like me – am so angry

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