Category: Editor’s Blog

Ministerial move would bring focus on rights

Ministerial move would bring focus on rights

For a short while Ian Macrae entertained the hope that a departmental move might change ministerial attitudes, responsibility and emphasis. There was a brief moment in the breathless days after Theresa May’s accession to the UK premiership when it looked as though a Minister for Disabled People might not have been appointed. Several options were … Continue reading Ministerial move would bring focus on rights

Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

After years of perceived and actual decline in its usage, the arrival of a new Braille tablet together with other advances in technology could be the saviour of the reading system which, Ian Macrae argues, is fundamental to the independence of blind people. I don’t know how sighted people feel about print. I know that … Continue reading Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

The format of this programme which looks back at moments of history means it wilfully lacks relevance to the lives of disabled people today and fails to take an opportunity to challenge, says Ian Macrae. The Reunion is BBC Radio 4’s returning series in which presenter Sue McGregor invites a number of people who were directly … Continue reading Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

DLA to PIP migration and the great Osborne sell-out

DLA to PIP migration and the great Osborne sell-out

2016 is likely to be the year when large numbers of disabled people are moved off Disability Living Allowance and on to Personal Independence Payments. But, says Ian Macrae, hidden cuts are being made to serve a darker agenda. Former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey is serially misquoted as having said that his … Continue reading DLA to PIP migration and the great Osborne sell-out