One of my tweeps** retweeted my Paralympics press release earlier today, appending a note saying “He took days to write this”.
Now that’s OK, I know exactly what Jeni meant because at some point on Twitter I’d said it myself – I had been so ill when I wrote it – Arrowe Park Hospital screwing with my life yet again – that it took me three days to write a Continue reading
The following is being sent out by me to all newspapers not hiding behind a paywall. It’s already been sent to the Guardian.
I have no objection, providing the source is properly acknowledged, to it being copied and sent to whosoever you think can make a difference.
“Chronically sick and disabled” is really not the same as “disabled”. Continue reading
I wrote this post in May 2011. With the looming Paralympics, which will almost inevitably, given the government-sponsored hostile mood of much of the country, reflect badly on the chronically sick and disabled community, I thought it was timely to re-publish it. It was, at the time, one of my most well-received posts. Continue reading
MP Jeremy Corbyn has tabled an Early Day Motion, which puts forward the idea that what disabled people need to enable them to work is loads of support, not the current threats and coercion.
Now I’m not functioning too well today – hard to see/concentrate, even harder to breathe, but it seems to me that Mr. Corbyn is missing a rather important point, which is that many chronically sick and disabled people (a rather more complex condition** than just “disabled”), are unable to work at all, not even for themselves, no matter what. I include myself in their number.
**Being disabled through illness, as I am, is a world away from being disabled through, say, Continue reading