Frank’s Army takes a step to­wards vic­tory

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - amanda Kopel

This was a day of mixed emo­tions. I was de­lighted and over­whelmed. I kept think­ing I was go­ing to waken up and it would be a dream.

With the enor­mous work of Miles Briggs and his team in the last few months, I am very, very con­fi­dent – more con­fi­dent than I have been in the past few years – about Frank’s Law be­com­ing law.

All MSPs have peo­ple in their con­stituen­cies that would ben­e­fit from Frank’s Law. As I keep say­ing to peo­ple, Frankie took my hand one day and he said: “Amanda, tell them. It’s too late for me but it is go­ing to help oth­ers in the fu­ture.”

Even at that point Frankie knew there was no hope for him. There was not go­ing to be a win at the end of that battle, just a con­clu­sion.

He knew that but he wanted to help other peo­ple and I know that he is here, right be­side me.

He is al­ways with me and he is re­ally telling me to keep go­ing.

His words come back to me ev­ery sin­gle day of the cam­paign.

It is a cam­paign Frankie and I never, ever en­vis­aged we would have to run. If de­men­tia had not come to our door we would have been none-the-wiser about the dis­crim­i­na­tion – and that is what it is – against un­der-65s whose only crime is break­ing the rules and be­com­ing ill be­fore they are aged 65.

I would like to hope that he is very proud of me. He was a very re­served, shy per­son. I was the one who did all the talk­ing but I’m sure he would have en­cour­aged me to keep talk­ing.

He would have said: “Tell them.” And I have been telling them.

Thank good­ness now the likes of Miles Briggs and oth­ers are sit­ting up and say­ing: “We have lis­tened and we are go­ing to do some­thing about this.” Yes, in the past there have been sym­pa­thetic noises from MSPs but that is all they were and I’m a great be­liever that you are not go­ing any­where if hol­low words are not fol­lowed up with ac­tions.

My­self and the rest of Frank’s Army, which has thou­sands of mem­bers, are tired of go­ing round in cir­cles and get­ting the same old, same old, same old.

This is a mas­sive step to­wards that battle be­ing won and it is a battle that can be won.

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