Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by natasa778, Apr 10, 2014.
thanks for sharing!
I would of loved to have signed that but it wont accept a 4 digit Australian postcode.
If I hadn't tried that b12, I may not be here thanks to those ATOS bastards and the government.
one more signature here..
Love your 'Nietsche" quote Natasha... It's so relevant to ME isn't it?
Thanks - signed it.
I don't know enough about UK law to decide if this petition has any valid point in law. That is not important though. Politically, its about sending a message. "We are looking at ways to come after you within the law.". I wish I could sign it, but I think its UK only. If not, could someone please clarify how someone outside the UK can sign.
I agree completely Alex, the "We are watching you" aspect is more important.
At the end of the day though, if this gets 5K signatures you can bet there will be some lawyer interested in making something happen.
You could make up a postcode, eg variations of KT3 6JB, SN36BA, BA3 4YF,
You could make up postcodes, but from a legal perspective its risky as it could invalidate the petition if it is required to be from UK citizens. This is a legal-related petition, it pays to not bend the rules.
I have two postcodes legally. One is mine, one is Michael's. I have used Michael's. Could I "lend" @taniaaust1 my other one?
There's overwhleming irony in this petition, in that it achieves exactly what the Government wanted from an external contract - complete deflection of blame. ATOS may be a vile, money grabbing corporation (or simply a well focussed business, depending on your perspective) but ALL the responsibility for the how the Welfare System operates lays with the Department of Work and Pensions and the relevant Ministerial oversight. Everything that ATOS has done has either been prescribed by Government or permitted by Government - having Offices up flights of stairs with no lift so people couldn't get to medical exams and were then penalised by removal of benefit - the Government permitted ATOS to have those offices, and it was DWP operatives that implemented the penalties.
ATOS has never made decisions about awards of benefits, the resposonsibility for those is with the appointed DWP decision makers, - they of course are happy to blame ATOS for 'the wrong kind of reports' - but the ATOS reports are exactly what the Government contracted for. The Law is quite clear it is for the decision maker to weigh all the facts and to decide what material is necessary to consider. Should the DWP be investigated for harm brought to numerous vulnerable people ? I'd say yes, but that harm is an inevitable effect of Government policy. Putting ATOS in the frame is emotionally appealing, but it's a deflection from where the real blame lies and that's with Government, and ultimatly with that part of the population that supports 'welfare reform' (a big percentage of UK voters). Blaming ATOS will leave many people's conciences clear - and free to vote to hammer the poor some more come the next election.
"I was only following orders." didn't wash at Nuremberg.
But you are absolutely correct, @N.A.Wright.
They were only following orders.
and governments of UK and USA have increasingly been using private contractors not only for outright corruption (bet your arse you'll find links to the politicians and/or political parties who set up the contracts!)
but also for "deniability"
where as Freedom of Information means government has to disclose more now, they can just say "commercial confidentiality!" and pfft! that's it, kept secret, and corporations have lots of $1,000/hour lawyers.
Maybe if ATOS are threatened with legal action they will blame the government in their defence, which could be interesting. About to sign now.
When you look at the history of privatization, I think its less than 1% of the time that privatization of government assets, responsibilities etc. make financial sense. However, these functions are then in private hands. There is a further separation of responsibility. Things become less accountable. It is also in accord with modern economic ideology from some political groups.
Some privatization schemes have been so bad that governments had to nationalize the company. Only three I am aware of made really good sense, two in Australia (sold in boom, not bust), and one in Brazil (a state owned steel manufacturer).
The US government is currently paying massively inflated amounts to private companies that do what the US military used to do.
The UK has long had many of its government functions privatized and run by a monopoly. I think they call them Royal charters or something.
The beauty of a legal case against ATOS is that courts are not subject to confidentiality clauses and judges are entitled to examine 'secret' documents although they cannot disclose state secrets (sadly).
Thanks for the offer peggy but like Alex I'd be worried about using false info to put in a petition due to the risk of invalidating if they found out there was patient groups out there doing this.
I think a Royal Commission is required to investigate, which would probably include one or more ex-judges. ATOS definitely needs some censure. Even if the government is ultimately responsible, which I think it is, ATOS had a duty of care to ask questions, raise concerns, and mitigate the problem. Instead we see cover-up.
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