Why would a disability activist block the Guardian website?

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?

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The myth that ‘Tories kill disabled people’

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’

Is social media bias when it comes to free speech?

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?

Please don’t call my wheelchair a scooter

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

There are 2 versions of each day

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