In 1949, Dr Leo Alexander founding author of the Nuremberg Code said:
“Whatever proportions these crime finally assumed, it became evident to all who investigated them, that they had started from small beginnings. The beginnings at first were merely a subtle shift in emphasis in the basic attitude of the physician. It started from the acceptance of the attitude, basic in the euthanasia movement, that there is such a thing as life not worthy to be lived. This attitude in its early stages concerned itself merely with the severely and chronically sick.
Gradually, the sphere of those to be included in this category was enlarged to encompass the socially unproductive, the ideologically unwanted, and finally all non-Aryans.
But it is important to realize that the infinitely small wedge-in level from which this entire trend of mind received its impetus was the attitude towards the non-rehabilitable sick.
It is, therefore, this subtle shift in emphasis of the physicians’ attitude that one must thoroughly investigate …”
He wrote this specifically with regard to the indictment of Dr Karl Brandt, Adolf Hitler’s personal physician and co-architect of the Nazi T-4 program.
Dr Brandt was hanged at Nuremberg for his crimes: conspiring with a criminal organisation to murder, under the guise of “humane mercy killing” (euthanasia), those people who were deemed, by the state, to be a burden on society and the economy. This included the severely handicapped, the mentally disabled, the elderly, the incontinent, and children, and those deemed ideologically “unfit”.
It should concern us all that there is already in this country a subtle shift in emphasis of basic attitudes towards those deemed ideologically “unfit” and that this shift is directly almost exclusively at the most vulnerable in society who are in need of the most help from society.
The state is determined to demonise people on benefits, branding them as socially and ideologically unfit and holding them up as the cause of the financial state of the country and as those responsible for the austerity measures that are affecting every man, woman and child in this country.
Certainly there are clear examples of those who do not want to work and are happy to have the state support them but in this rush of condemnation, disabled people are being swept along for the ride. The brilliant characters of Wayne and Waynetta Slob immortalised by Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke are, as they say, “funny because it’s true”. They may be endearing but the fact is that people view those on benefits in this light regardless of the individual and personal circumstances while disabled people are caught up in this demonisation process.
In this rush to attack this section of society, attention is being drawn away from the true culprits that have brought the country to its financial knees.
In a recent BBC Panorama program, the head of one prominent bank basically told us to “put up with it” while an aspiring sidekick boasts of his 8-figure bonus and of having his sights on a 10-figure bonus next year. When you stop to think about it, you realise that the most modest 8-figure bonus will be £10million – surely not (unless he’s including the pence in which case it will be a minimum of £100,000) and a 10-figure bonus doesn’t bear thinking about. Either this is a braggard, or perhaps his loose tongue is a result of too much bubbly or this one individual is, in fact, in receipt of such extraordinary sums of money while the country is scratching around to make a bare-bones living.
So while disabled people are being made to bear the brunt of society’s rage and distain which is being generated and directed at them by the state through propaganda akin to that used by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime; bankers are getting richer, our MPs have their noses buried in the tax-payers purse, councils and councillors are spending money inappropriately and don’t even get us started on the Euro MPs.
The government itself is guilty of causing hate crimes – their propensity to act with duplicitous intent is causing a change in the basic thinking of the people of this country where it is easy to target people like Fiona Pilkinton who killed herself and her disabled daughter Francesca because they were being consistently targeted by antisocial behaviour of a family that continues its campaign of hate because the police do nothing to stop such discrimination.
This situation is getting worse as people see the disabled as an easy target through which to direct the anger and frustration that has been generated as a direct result of the government’s benefits witchhunt against people who are deemed to be a burden on society and the economy.