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Philip Davies is simply a rent-a mouth-Tory eager to climb the slippery pole of I'll say anything you want as long as you promote me.
He has about as much understanding as to how any disabililty already lowers social esteem as his minister for the disabled 'Killer Millar' who professes that people in wheelchairs don't need DLA because we can get about just like the rest of us - a view apparently also held by Sussex District Council & Eastbourne in East Sussex when it comes to dropping kerbs and providing real disability friendly buses not the halfway rattlewaggons Stagecoach provides with just one entrance & exit - try turning a large powerchair in that space - or even better go on the tube. A place I once was threatened with arrest for daring to venture down it's labrythian maze on my own!
And once I've tacked all that - paid £8,000 for the chair - pre-booked a taxi - travel in the rushhour at a cost of roughly £3,000 a year and still can't use the tube - this idiot wants to allow my employer to fleece me on lower wages!
To spout such rubbish I seriously wonder at the Mental Health of this Tory Drone - tellyou what Philip Davies - I'll give it a try if forgo all the income & benefits bestowed on you by the Parliamentary system.
Have already aired my views on this issue via the message board. One query I do have - if there is anyone able to answer it, is; in this era of equality, was the decision to close Ouch taken by anyone who is disabled or indeed uses it themselves? I seriously doubt it. As already said, no functioning blog system will enabled discussion to the depth taking place on this board - all of us in time of trouble or simple confusion have turned to it - I used Facebook for two days and have received more junk mail than I ever knew before cancelling the account - trying to decipher genuine from bad is not difficult on Ouch - and as a supportive & protective group - how on earth do you think will match this on an open blog page? At least be honest, cut the crap & we really don't want you anymore but the excuses you list are really beyond pathetic.
Shows how quickly Cable is prepared to hang democracy out to dry while financing Apache helicopters to support others fighting for theirs!
So Vince, is it prison for those who disagree with your cutting back everything you said you stood for prior to taking power. How will you ban democracy for workers just as you have slashed legal aid? Lock 'em up? Shoot them?
Ghadafi would be proud of you
My problem with the advice Rich offers is the results shown by the exploitation of illness & disability from companies that operate in the UK without strict regulation - including LGA's & private business. i.e. try buying a reasonably priced wheelchair that is reliable.
1. unlike America we have no bill of rights.
2. as a nation disability has been invisible for over a century and indeed in America it has, in my opinion, not been business that can claim credit for creating improvements. It was the GI bill and the intensive campaigning on behalf of returning veterans from Vietnam that pushed back barriers for disabled people against a very reluctant and at times intransigent business and political structure.
3.In the current economic climate (I believe currently estimates of 41 million people are without any form of health care cover in the US) it is very unlikely that anyone other than investors looking to increase profits - Unmn - ATOS - Insurance & management companies looking to take over GP surgeries & fill the gap right-wing ideology is creating will be the only ones interested in getting into the health market. And when it comes to prioritising, shareholders & their investment portfolios do & always will always be a first concern - not the disabled.
'Engineers are honest. They have to be, or bridges fail and people die'
Er....' and they do. As the lack of proper engineering re safety in the nuclear field is currently unveiling in Japan.
Sorry Rich, know you're immersed in the business model and the idea that's what's good for business is a panacea to all but there's a few people in the Niger Delta with direct experience of the operations of a certain company exploiting oil reserves in the area that might argue that one as there are around the world.
In fact the profit motive, if left to blossom on it's own, without stringent enforceable laws, might even lead to some in the investment field cutting corners and making vast profits - Oh hang on that's already happened somewhere or other... hasn't it?
Sorry Mr Wagner, but living on DLA does not affect or pay any regard to income - it is - as is winter fuel allowance for the over 60's - completely disregarded as income when assessing income related benefits - please check with Disability Alliance or see a CAB advisor if you've been told differently - and reading the Disability Alliance latest publication I can find no reference to DWA - can you?
My first wheelchair was very eco-friendly - it ran on beer!
Correction - Sarah Palin has no sense - be it common or otherwise - view political history, which as things stands in the USA more than qualifies her for the next Presidency following the present incumbent, regardless of attributes - positive or otherwise of - her kin
So Tig, as a service provider are the BBC actually stating they consider themselves exempt from the Disability Discrimination Act?
One can understand why a company that shows so many repeats stuck back in time might be unaware of their duty to the disabled public in the present era but wonder if it would hold up in court - we can get you on the dance floor but not into anything that requires any degree of intelligence!!!! Hmm...
Wonder if a judge would agree - recent decision about failing to provide face to face services just cost the Royal Bank of Scotland a few grand in spite of their appeal re the listed building - might be worth getting legal advice on that one Tig - I would.
Thankyou Channel 4; shame the BBC didn't get it though - seriously doubt I'll watch this time round as I have advert phobia.
One of the best diability programmes I watched that was put out by C4 was 'Celebrity Wheelchair Challenge' some years ago that didn't include any disabled people in it funnily enough - but Boy, it blew out the myth of accessible transport!
Olympian effort - or the equivilant to it is being enacted out everyday by disabled people just in attempting to live. Paralympics is merely giving the abledbodies a chance to sit & stare and say Ahhh!
Rather the money wasted on this went to improve everyday real lives for those who can't perform or train for the amusement of others.
Well I'm all for helping a bit, but when Western Governments are blowing the Hell out of countries with high explosives and the Israelis are blasting phosphorous bombs over Palestine as the Eastern Governments go into overdrive on industrialisation; me, staying in so I don't use too much power on me wheels, seems a wee bit futile.
But, then if I'd ever had a jet -setting lifestyle things might seem a tad different. So until my recycling centre has a facility for washing the muck off my tyres so I don't have to rewash the carpet with stain remover every-time I return home - class me as somewhat sceptical.
A few years ago our roads were gritted daily in the bad weather - unfortunately they forgot about pavements - six weeks before I made to the road so I could get in a cab - but then this Monday morning hearing the wind & the rain beat against my window - my heart gave thanks for being old and no longer forced to wheel out in all weathers - time for another cup of tea and a little cake I think - wonder how all them fit young things waiting for buses and trains are faring this wet blowy evening?
Squint - therefore at time total double vision - ended up one red screen. one green screen - two for the price of one - suppose I was lucky I wasn't charged twice!!!!
Still suppose it's not much different to when I bought my now dear departed dad his first stereo headphones so he could at last - without Mum moaning about the noise - listen to all his favourite recordings - only to be told by him that one-side didn't work.
I turned them round only to hear him say 'Blimey, the other side's broken now'!!!
As a quad who broke my neck way back in 1979, may I say congrats to Alex for having the attitude he has, but in my experience since entering the disability world (not voluntarily may I add)I've had the good luck to meet many like him, who, whether tackling the London Underground on wheels or disabled in some other way, get their lives together and carrying on regardless and in some ways even better and more successfully than before.Words like inspirational are used over and over again but we, in the main, do cope - often not being stopped by injury but bad social planning i.e.lack of accessible buildings for homes/work and simple plain ignorance from service providers even 14 years after the introduction of the Disability discrimination Act.
When I helped out in the Pensioner movement during the 90's one figure that kept coming up was by just how much total benefits were under claimed year by year from 2bn to 5bn. The unspent amount going back to the treasury and the total budget (spent & unspent) was always the figure flouted by the press as the money benefits cost. Just take a dive into how much has been held back in the national insurance fund over the years and you will never believe the hype that we can't afford decent pensions & benefits again - means-tested benefit is the really expensive one because if you are credited with a pound or a hundred in payments, the administration cost in sending the money out is the same.
"Yet overall, I do think it's amazing that disabled people can travel almost anywhere in the world..." Think I would have found the article more authoritative and inclusive if the word 'some' had been used before "...disabled people can travel..." there Tom. It might be outside your direct experience but us in Power-chairs still find affordable transport extremely difficult not to say expensively risky in regard to the handling of our chairs & ourselves whether by bus, coach, rail or air - with many tour companies running cruises absolutely anti individual travel or at times refusing even when accompanied the heavier electric wheelchair user.
The world still remains a very small and inaccessible place for some mate.
Yeah, totally agree FWB, but unfortunately it can be problematic if not downright dangerous even trying to reach a designated crossing. There's one two roads up from me that leads across to one of the so-called disabled friendly routes in our town on the south coast - unfortunately - despite pleas and threats, our council can't find the money to drop 'em. So you're left with the option of risking two roads and double the chance of tipping out or one road and gamble on not being run over!!!
Until town planners wake up to the fact that simply having town centres and shopping precincts without kerbing - and there's a lot of controversy about that one too - a lot of us are trapped on little islands and without taking risks that normal common sense would usually negate we'd be stuck there forever.
What? No Coming Home! Jon Voight & Jane Fonda showing crips have sex - or do you have be as old as me to remember it? The also heroic machinations of Oliver Stone (again with Tom Cruise - but still...) & the out-pouring of the inward grief America went through after the Vietnam fiasco - in Born on the Fourth of July, resonances there perhaps for our soldiers in current war zones - wheelchairs both - for the hat-trick, a young Marlon Brando in 'The Men'. All influential in their time.
About the spinal incomplete - Yep, have similar only at c4&5 and boy does it vary! You adapt and it blows over to a partial regain, then gone - like going through the early process again & again. But have found a new life thanks to the wonders of the Powerchair and accessible accomodation so best wishes.
Well spotted - let's hope all the news channels apologise - (if only) for the ommission - not the first time Tanni's been overlooked either - I seem to remember a BBC Sports Personality award ceremony a couple of years back when access to the stage was overlooked then too - still couldn't happen now in this enlightened age - or could it?
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