Compare and contrast the cheering crowds that lauded our Paralympian medal winners with the focus group research, carried out recently by the Glasgow Media Group, that found that a representative sample of the British population believes that between half and three-quarters of all disability benefit claimants are scroungers.
Last night as part of the BBC’s fantastic Olympic coverage a short documentary was shown on nature versus nurture and the triumph of black athletes in the face of racism and oppression, but why was the appalling treatment of disabled during the Holocaust omitted?
Being a Germany fan at London 2012 has, thus far, been a largely thankless task. The first few days of the Games have seen several national heroes limp out of their respective events without so much as seeing a medal, let alone wearing one.
Crossing the line is a tough thing to do, even if you step on someone’s foot or make a mistake that hurts. When the BBC aired their programme just few days before Euro 2012 kicks off, one would think that the state of Polish football is determined by what is happening on the stands. And if you are to believe the programme there is Nazism, racism and anti-Semitism everywhere.
If it isn’t already top of your search engine, we’ve noticed that Amazon are selling Nazi flags on the site. At the bargain price of £6.44, comments mocking the items have appeared in reviews on the site. But should flags that represent a racist and offensive ideology be up for sale? John Rentoul and Matthew Bell open the debate.
Imagine for a moment that, for whatever reason, you find yourself to be in possession of a case of monogrammed surgical instruments that in 1943-44 had been used by SS Maj Anton Burger on the inmates of the notorious Theresienstadt concentration camp. Lined with purple velour, the case contains a hacksaw, large knives, some scalpels, surgical scissors, clamps and straps, and some strange instruments that look like long-handled forks. Burger – who, it seems, had no medical training – used them on countless victims, mostly Jewish. What do you do with such an object?
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