This is our contribution to CarerWatch’s ‘Carers and General Election 2015’:
Carers, the perennially patronised and exploited resource all human societies rely upon.
Every political party wants to appear to value compassion, caring and respect by saying nice things about caring, but in practice carers remain valued by our political economy as an endlessly exploitable undervalued resource. Without carers the world would come to halt within days and human suffering would multiply exponentially, yet carers work is not paid at even minimum wage. Perhaps this phenomenon does signify a deeper truth about our political & economic systems, austerity might be described as the war between those who do not care for other people, against those who do care. To the cruellest and most selfish go the greatest wealth and power, and to the compassionate, respectful and empathetic go exploitation, disregard and vilification. One might suppose hard nose capitalists will…
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