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Guardian article by author Rosie Fletcher who has ME


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Apologies if this has already been posted. The article is on the Labour leadership race and the author mentions having ME /chronic disability and being impacted by current austerity politics

Nothing makes you left wing like a long illness. Austerity is hitting young people, the ill and women the hardest, and, unfortunately for me, I have scored that cursed hat-trick. Long-term poor health – chronic fatigue syndrome – has put me in a welfare system that cuts ever closer, an iron maiden of austerity. I think about how much each blood test would cost me without the beleaguered NHS and about tax cuts for high earners.