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 cost of other disabled people, specifically people with high support needs. And so this is why as a part of the Invisible Voice project, I have asked for the Guardian website to be blocked for 7 days, from 28th January to 3rd February 2018.
The project is a cyber activism research project creating by Mork Forid commissioned by Goldsmiths University of London, where participants download a browser plug-in that simply directs them from the blocked website of the week to this website with a detailed explanation to why it has been blocked. While the exercise is sadly only restricted to those who have the plug-in, I hope by raising publicity about it, I can create a debate of why I have taken part and blocked the Guardian website.
In 2010, I was a New Labour supporter, and until last year I was in denial that the party could be changed against its current bigotry towards people with impairments, seeing people like myself as pointless to society. Corbyn’s notions of kinder politics as meant I have been bullied towards the Tory party, restoring my Thatcherism roots.
I now felt so many articles in the Guardian, particularly from Frances Ryan, repulsive in the lies they used about how this government treats disabled people. The Guardian has used the benefit rhetoric to demonise the inclusion of disabled people in work and society. More still, I believe the Guardian is deliberately and knowingly causing stress, distress and therefore suicides by spreading dishonest and insensitive information about welfare and other issues. They have played their part in making disability relating assessments toxic by over-reporting the issue of an unacceptable level of voracity.
We can see this in how they played that part is spreading dishonest information about Universal Credit before Christmas, at a time of increased stress, going quiet this month now the opportunity to cause suicides has passed. The people who run the paper and its middle-class readership stuck in ivy towers will simply see themselves as the natural advocates of ‘our most vulnerable members of society’ without realising their compassion is in reality oppression.
My cyber activism is unlikely to change anything in the short term but it is a brick removed in the great wall of compassion that is used to keep disabled people disempowered. Society is quick to rewrite history of what is right and wrong, and it is only a matter of time before the Guardian’s bigotry against disabled people, more than any other newspaper. is fully understood and condemned, and I will be there to say I told you so!
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