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A better future for disabled people?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:40 PM 1,595 views

Today [20th April] Labour launched its ‘mini-manifesto’ on disability. Here, for what it’s worth, are my immediate thoughts: I really welcome the framing – emphasis on what disabled people contribute and have to contribute, on opportunity and independent living. This is…

You just haven’t earned it yet, Eddy

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 1,198 views

While doing the rounds at last night’s Labour Party disability reception, Ed Miliband greeted guests by asking ‘so what can we do to secure a Labour government?’ On the evidence of his speech, if he’s relying on disabled people’s vote then…

Beware the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations’

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 984 views

‘The soft bigotry of low expectations limits what we can achieve’ - Graeme Innes, ex-Disability Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission It’s important I think to recall that Lord Freud’s comments – that the proposal to ‘top up’ wages paid below the minimum…

On disability hate crime we need a strategy for prevention

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 962 views

Good, albeit depressing, to hear BBC 5 Live devote an hour to disability hate crime, with ex Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken McDonald, essentially repeating messages about institutional failure in the criminal justice system that he first made in a speech in…