Passivity is Big Business, just ask an alcoholic!

It is clear that in the UK we live in a post-industrial society and one where we are now witnessing the collapse of the retailing sector as we decide to shop online more. The only sectors we have that are rising is health, social care and the support provided by so-called charities. But in order … Continue reading Passivity is Big Business, just ask an alcoholic!

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Capitalism, socialism and dysability

I am always been interested in whether people with impairments were better off under capitalism or socialism. Before the current debates in the UK about which is best, I remember the cold war and I had the opportunity to visit a number of European countries in the 1990s and saw firsthand the effects of socialism. … Continue reading Capitalism, socialism and dysability

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

How I confronted my trolls

The response of social media towards the stealing of my trike. where my original post was shared over 24000 times, demonstrated the positive activity of social media that is possible and it was the sole reason that the trike was found and returned. However, it was only a few weeks before this that I was … Continue reading How I confronted my trolls

Saying ‘you can not harm the disabled’ is harmful

I used to equate independent living for people with impairments as the end of Black slavery in terms of liberation politics, but the sad reality is it was merely a small colony of slaves who broke free, which I myself followed as a young man, leaving everyone else behind still enslaved. The recent debate in … Continue reading Saying ‘you can not harm the disabled’ is harmful

We Must Expect More From Disabled People

I think one of my biggest frustrations with society in terms of disability is the naturally low expectations the public has for what disabled people can and indeed should achieve. While everyone talks about the equality of disabled people, the reality is we are perceived as inferior beings, less capable of achieving what most people … Continue reading We Must Expect More From Disabled People

Why Can’t Disabled People Be Positive?

My all-time favourite song and my personal theme tune is Proud by Heather Small, because it sums up how I feel about my life and who I am as someone with cerebral palsy. I believe the media along with the disability charities and many activists has polarised the lives of disabled people, where we are either heroic … Continue reading Why Can’t Disabled People Be Positive?

A computing future

Computers has been a central part of my liberation as a contributing citizens and while I am not a geek, I am always keen to predict the future of computing, which is always a hard one. The tablet is already revolutionising the way we work with computers, making the mouse and keyboard obsolete. With cloud based computing, … Continue reading A computing future