A lot has been made about United Nation's Committee of the rights on right of people with disabilities report on whether the UK had made grave systematic failings under the UN's Convention with the same name. The headline is that the UN has called the Tory government and its welfare reforms a 'human catastrophe', which … Continue reading It is time to talk about the UN and Disability
When I talk about the negative attitudes of left wing activists towards the idea that all people with impairments have the ability to make a meaningful contribution to society in terms of some form of paid employment in the long term, I am often asked to wonder if it is an attitude across the whole … Continue reading The Battle for Disability
I wanted to explain properly why I am voting Tory as someone with significant impairments. I am very aware that in doing so, I am most likely to be subjected to a torrid of abuse from other ‘disabled’ activists but this simply shows how Corbyn has permitted sheer hatred to enter mainstream politics.I think it … Continue reading Why am I voting Tory as a disabled person
For the last few months, there has been endless talk within health and social care fields about a 'social care' crisis that reached fever pitch when the Chancellor's Autumn Statement did not mention social care, let alone providing additional funding. Many people have commented on the situation but very few users have had a say, so … Continue reading A user perspective of the Social Care Crisis
Over the past week, I have been catching up on what the new term, post-truth, means. My understanding is that post-truth is when an emotional understanding of an issue, especially in politics, supersedes the often complex facts involved, so there is a greater belief in what people want to hear as opposed to the actual evidence … Continue reading Have disabled people been a victim of post-truth?
On Monday the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities released a report of what is generally regarded as the UK government's grave violation of the convention on the rights of people with disabilities. What the report really represents is a political stunt that shows the prejudices that exist towards people with impairments … Continue reading Has the UN failed British Disabled People?
I have suggested for a few years that what is now considered the mainstream 'disability movement', made popular in the same context as Corbyn, are focused on the exclusion and by default, eugenics, of people with impairments. This is a strong allegation but two events in the last seven days have confirmed to me that … Continue reading When did promoting inclusion become a hate crime?
As people celebrate 20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act was enacted, it is worth briefly reminding ourselves that it was not the act anyone campaigned for or wanted. Instead, it was a compromised act proposed by the then Conservative government to divide the disability movement and to stop a more substantial Disability Rights private … Continue reading The forgotten history of the Disability Discrimination Act
A few weeks ago I had a twitter exchange with the Socialist Health Association, where they appeared to challenge my expertise as a dysability consultant because I did not always make it clear other dysabled people have different opinions to myself. They then went on with the usual tactic of saying how lucky I was … Continue reading Dysability is an issue, not a democracy
A few weeks ago I attended a lobby of MPs, at Portcullis House near the Houses of Parliament, to ask them to oppose Rob Marris’ Private members bill on ‘Assisting Dying’. I was pleased to see that my own Labour MP, Geoffrey Robinson, had turned up to meet me, although that was as far as … Continue reading My Labour MP is undecided to whether I should keep the right to life