Last night the ITV Tonight programme led the way with a documentary looking at the rise if disability hate crime, press propaganda and palpable apathy on the issue.
I think I need to begin this blog by clarifying my use of the word ‘hate’ as I don’t use it lightly.
For a couple of years disabled people have been reporting increased levels of both verbal and physical abuse from members of the public. This has been confirmed this week in the results published by the charity Scope from a survey of 500 disabled people and their carers across the country.
Mr Gove and the Government are developing academies and free schools to give more ‘choice to parents’. Ironically, this will give parents, as a whole, less choice. It will lead to greater exclusion of troubled children, more forced segregation of disabled children, more hate crime and will create a more unequal society.
Oh dear. At a time when the Tory party is desperately trying to shake off its ‘Nasty Party’ image, this turns up on our doormat – literally.
“I think,” he says, in the tone you’d use if someone was asking you this question a lot, “we’re doing the right thing. There are two million children growing up in this country in households where no one works. There are six or seven million people of working age who, for one reason or another, are on benefits.
“Do you have the potential to return to work?” states Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment. It seems a very reasonable question, and when the idea of Employment Support Allowance was initially mooted during the mid noughties at a time of high employment and economic boom it was an admirable aim.
This blog is about an issue which isn’t considered particularly sexy. Whenever it does make the news, it’s usually reported as something that only affects our grannies. By the end of the decade it will be eating up a large part of your hard-earned council tax when spending will exceed 45% of your council’s budget. Successive governments over the past 20 years have pledged to tackle it and then subsequently chickened out.
If some of the more hysterical right wing papers are to be believed there is only one type of young person; the angry, feckless yob that graces the front of the tabloids carrying various electronic goods looted from Argos.
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