Over the last decade, I have tried to explain how the disability landscape has naturally been changing and how more complex it has become, and here is another attempt. Since the 1970s, there has been two models of disability, the medical and social model, which I will explain below. Since 2010, I believe there has … Continue reading Disability is not the same as health poverty
The Guardian has been hailed as the newspaper that is most aligned with the rights and desires of disabled people, and before 2010, I would have agreed. But since 2010, I believe the newspaper has used disabled people as a weapon to attack the government with, focusing on the wishes of the sick movement at the … Continue reading Why would a disability activist block the Guardian website?
All my articles are important but this one is more important than most, and one I write as a Tory and as someone with over 25 years experience of understanding disability issues. There have been numerous times that I have been told on social media by left wing activists that I can not possibly be … Continue reading The myth that ‘Tories kill disabled people’
Most people say they believe in free speech but I wonder how many people really accept it when people say things they do not agree with. I believe absolutely in free responsible speech, this means speech that states any opinion, based on evidence or not, so long as it is not intended to directly actively insult or … Continue reading Is social media bias when it comes to free speech?
I believe that for any physical or other difficulty, there is a range of solutions available for individuals to choose from. The decision of which equipment to use to meet which difficulty, when, where, how and why is completely up to the individual to choose, and it can be as complex as they like. Individuals … Continue reading Please don’t call my wheelchair a scooter
The news media is full of individual stories of specific situations, such as their experience of a dysability assessment, that is often extremely negative and full of inconsistencies that make me want to ask more questions to discover the precise truth of the situation. If we were to take these experiences at face value then … Continue reading There are 2 versions of each day
This is the day of the year I reflect on the year just gone and ponder what I would like from the year ahead. 2017 has been a year of building upon my stability, providing me with a home and working environment that is ideal for my needs. My mental health is extremely positive and … Continue reading What do I want in 2018?
Disability is portrayed by the left wing and liberal media as an issue about poverty, focusing on people claiming out of work benefits and struggling with their impairment identity and situation. Because the UK government is not pandering to their exclusion agenda, providing benefits to stay at home for anyone who wants them, and within … Continue reading A cruise put disability issues in context
In terms of having an impairment or health condition, everyone is happy to talk about rights, but few people are willing to discuss responsibilities, both in terms of theirs and the states. Many people seem to see having an impairment as a free pass to become victims of society, blaming everyone else for their problems … Continue reading The responsibilities of impairment for individuals and state
It is no secret that I am concerned at how Personal Independence Payments are regarded as the one and only solution for anyone with any form of impairment, which can indeed mean anyone. The rights to welfare agenda is based on a tragedy model of disability, where payment is offered as a pity motivated compensation to … Continue reading Everyone should get the real support they need