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Disability Bitch and the MP hecklers
10th February 2011
Readers, this weekend, the UK's newest disabled MP was profiled in a national newspaper. If you hadn't heard of Paul Maynard last week, you probably have now. He's been prominently featured in every major newspaper on an almost daily basis ever since.
Paul Maynard, Conservative MP for Blackpool and Cleveleys, has cerebral palsy and epilepsy because he was strangled by his umbilical cord at birth. He slurs his speech a little. He met Margaret Thatcher while he was a child at special school. He does not want his disability to define him, but he does want to use his own experiences to speak out on behalf of other people. During the various election campaigns he fought, potential voters mocked him and doubted his ability to be an MP because he is disabled.
Unfortunately, despite the coverage, I still have no idea what Paul Maynard's views and opinions are. I do, however, know a great deal more than I'd ever wish to about his umbilical cord.
Very little of the extensive reportage bothered to mention what Paul was trying to say during the debate in question. Which kinda means the people who were shouting him down have succeeded.
Let me at least correct this omission.
Click the following image to watch the debate in which Paul was allegedly mocked:
At one point in his 25 minute speech, we do notice Paul getting a bit agitated and suggesting that a fellow MP ought to learn some manners.
I too have cerebral palsy and people do make 'spastic faces' at me on a regular basis. Those people are usually ten years old, but it does happen.
Many commentators have expressed shock and outrage that MPs - our elected representatives and lawmakers - have behaved in this way. Readers, I'm not particularly surprised, and you won't find me resorting to outrage; if I were to get upset every time something like this happened, I'd barely have time to eat.
Mostly I'm just bored and disappointed that Members of Parliament can't come up with insults that are more creative.
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