Author: andyrickell

Rights remain aspiration not reality

Looking back on 30 years of campaigning and activism, Andy Rickell says our rights are still too often granted at the whim of governments rather than being a given. One of the disabled people’s movement’s early slogans was “rights not charity”. The parliamentary campaign of the early 1990s that forced defeat on the Major government … Continue reading Rights remain aspiration not reality

Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse

Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse

While Andy Rickell praises the principled stance of one politician, he still fears the law of unintended consequences when it comes to residential care. Rarely will you hear me praise any politician because rarely do they stick their neck out for a policy that would truly improve disability equality. So step forward Norman Lamb MP, … Continue reading Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse