Tag: Politics

Persuasion’s failed as way of changing attitudes

Persuasion’s failed as way of changing attitudes

It’s a lack of enforcement which has left attitudes towards disabled people pretty much unchanged, argues Professor Mike Oliver, and initiatives such as the Government’s Disability Confident can never be more than a busted flush. Since the Second World War the implementation of disability policy has been shaped by a tension between persuasion and enforcement. … Continue reading Persuasion’s failed as way of changing attitudes

“Dismay, horror and heartbreak” over where “Leave” leaves disabled people

As a founder member of the UK disabled people’s independent living movement, John Evans finds nothing to celebrate in the result of the EU referendum. 23 June 2016 will not go down for disabled people in the UK as "Independence Day", as coined by Nigel Farage. In fact, it will go down as the blackest … Continue reading “Dismay, horror and heartbreak” over where “Leave” leaves disabled people

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

PIP migration: has the Government lost the plot?

Now that the Government has come clean that its motivation for moving people on to Personal Independence Payments is getting the benefits bill down, Peter White says it has forgotten the day-to-day extra costs disabled people face. Is Britain broke or not? One minute we're being told to pull up the drawbridge, pull in our horns; … Continue reading PIP migration: has the Government lost the plot?