Every single email and phone conversation I've had with Labour over the last two years have started with the line "If you don't accept your part in ESA and that it is NOT working as you hoped, you can never move on." Sick and disabled people will always blame you and will never believe you really want things to change.
So far, it has been the last major sticking point. Unwilling to say the actual words, we had reached a kind of impasse.
This morning, in a last ditch attempt to move things along, I emailed Liam Byrne and Anne McGuire. The time for "tinkering around the edges" had passed. Oh how I would like to tell you more, but I was clearer than I'd ever been.
Finally, after nearly two years of lobbying, pleading cajoling and VERY hard Paddington bear stares, with just a few days to go before conference, here are the words I've been waiting to hear. Enjoy.
UPDATE : As if we didn't feel the above article was enough of a breakthrough for one night, The lead story on Channel 4 News tonight was that of Colin Naylor. Finally, the country gets to hear of a story where the WCA has failed utterly. Colin lost his life and the inquest concluded that the assessment had been a factor in his death. at last, the country is listening.