When did asking a disabled person to take responsibility for their actions become a crime?

It is generally assumed that the way to improve the inclusion of sick and disabled people is to focus on providing them access to rights. However, rights simply exist, they are passive and meaningless without responsibilities. Anti-discrimination 'civil rights' legislation, like the original 'Disability Discrimination Act 1995' is really about the right to take responsibility … Continue reading When did asking a disabled person to take responsibility for their actions become a crime?

Should I have been put down like a wounded animal?

Over the weekend a friend and fellow activist opposing assisted dying, Liz Carr, emailed me with a link to another Huff post by former UKIP MEP, Godfrey Bloom. The article was denouncing the recent House of Commons vote against Rob Marris' Assisted Dying Bill as the product of religious nuts and simpletons. His argument was that … Continue reading Should I have been put down like a wounded animal?

What does Jeremy Corbyn really mean for disabled people?

 As the Monday after the weekend before, we are all waking up and pinching ourselves, did Labour really hit the self-destruct button? As every left wing anti-‘everything and anything’ activists, many fresh out of nappies mostly, now feel unchallengeable as their moral high ground on Twitterville has apparently hit the mainstream, the rest of us … Continue reading What does Jeremy Corbyn really mean for disabled people?

Ten Myths Told to Convince You Assisted Dying Should Be Legalised

As the House of Commons vote on the First Reading of Rob Marris' Assisted Dying bill comes near, I feel it is time for another article on what is a very important topic for me. While the bill is aimed at those at the end of their lives, there is a long term consequence for … Continue reading Ten Myths Told to Convince You Assisted Dying Should Be Legalised

Has Labour Lost Its Natural Friendship With Disabled People?

On my wall I have the back of one of my business cards signed by Tony Blair (in Blue) and the late Tony Benn (in red). I got their autographs at a lobby for Roger Berry's Disability Rights Private Members Bill in 1994, which failed but it was the start of a whole raft of … Continue reading Has Labour Lost Its Natural Friendship With Disabled People?

Has Labour lost its natural friendship with disabled people?

On my wall I have the back of one of my business cards signed by Tony Blair (in Blue) and the late Tony Benn (in red). I got their autographs at a lobby for Roger Berry's Disability Rights Private Members Bill in 1994, which failed but it was the start of a whole raft of … Continue reading Has Labour lost its natural friendship with disabled people?