Welcome To Cowley Andrea Leadsom
I’ve been getting into a bit of a tizzy all week about the appallingly offensive statement from Andrea Leadsom when someone asked for her wisdom on employing care staff. Here’s what she said:
“As an employer we’re not, let’s face it, most of us don’t employ men as nannies, most of us don’t,” she said. “Now you can call that sexist, I call that cautious and very sensible when you look at the stats. Your odds are stacked against you if you employ a man. We know paedophiles are attracted to working with children. I’m sorry but they’re the facts.”
There is definitely a shortage of male support workers in the industry and the former Prime Ministerial candidate is hardly likely to attract more with filth like that.
It’s all part of the dangerous woman’s belief system that fuelled her Brexit fire and one that had a strange appeal to many of the leave voters. Because let’s face it, now that we’ve got our country back and send all the overseas care staff back “home”, the industry would collapse. In nine years of advertising and interviewing staff to join Steven’s support team, there have only been two British applicants.
At the conference on Friday, we were discussing Ms Leadsom’s comments and one of the delegates remarked that she felt that two of Steven’s photos that I have posted have incredibly powerful images. It’s these two:
The delegate went on to say that they are powerful because it is extremely rare to see an all male support team. And, daring to speak its name, they are mostly black as well. Lots of conversations I’ve heard before and since Brexit has revealed that a huge number of people couldn’t give a monkeys about the East European workers. It’s the black faces they want shot of.
The four honorary Cowley men who support Steven are miracles that entered our lives. They have an interest in Steven that I have never encountered from any other support worker. I think they love him. Steven is a very lucky young man to have that love and I am blessed that they are around.
It would be hard for us to have female support workers. Steven is assessed as needing 2:1 when he is out in the community and since most of his activities involve visiting a changing room, it wouldn’t be practical or safe to have a female worker for those times.
At the ATU, Steven got into terrible trouble by asking for male staff to do his personal care. It was never respected. One day I arrived for a visit to be told that one of the female staff was down in A&E. It was an all female rota that morning and she had drawn the short straw and was allocated Steven’s bathing. When she tried to put his eczema cream on his groin, Steven kicked out. She tripped over the rug in his bedroom and hit her head on the door. It could all have been avoided if Steven’s wishes had been respected.
When Steven came home, the support agency we had at the time tried to introduce a female worker. The plan was that she would be used to teach cooking skills every Wednesday. It was pointless and also meant I had to sacrifice hours elsewhere during the week to fit her into the schedule. It wasn’t even a politically correct move – she was the sister of the agency’s owner. Just recently, both Steven and I have been learning to make cakes and pies under the instructions of the chap sitting between Steven and me in the spa pool.
Ms Leadsom – men can care. Men can love. Men can show empathy without getting their dicks out.
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