One of the biggest lessons I learnt in my life is that life itself is generally unfair, especially for good people, those who really want to make a difference in the world. Once you understand this then you can get on with making the most of life, enjoying every second you can. Accepting life is … Continue reading Disabled people must accept the rough and tumble of life
It is incredible to believe it has been five years since I was blogging for the Huffington Post on a weekly and even twice weekly basis on the topics I wanted to talk about. The way the Huffington Post allowed so many people with different viewpoints on so many different issues to have voice felt like … Continue reading Is this the end of the Huffington Post revolution?
Human rights were originally designed to provide every individual with the same level of protection from the abusive and oppressive policies and practises exercised by any state. Now human rights are too often used to provide selective individuals, often based on protected characteristics, like gender or impairment, a priority access to certain services as an absolute … Continue reading Public Services: Cost must always be a part of making decisions
The term disabled people is now used to cover the needs of an awful lot of people and I am concerned it is used to hide diversity of needs and eligibility between different people with impairments. A human rights agenda only sees disability as a protected characteristic or label, where everyone with that characteristic is regarded as … Continue reading Supporting people to manage their mental health
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
As regular readers will know, since 2008 I have had live-in volunteers, 12 in total from countries around the world. What you may not be aware of is that in early January I ended this for a number of reasons I will discuss below, and started to employ traditional personal assistants at the weekends and … Continue reading Giving up my volunteers
Over the last decade, I have tried to explain how the disability landscape has naturally been changing and how more complex it has become, and here is another attempt. Since the 1970s, there has been two models of disability, the medical and social model, which I will explain below. Since 2010, I believe there has … Continue reading Disability is not the same as health poverty
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?
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’
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?