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Rolling back the years / 5 May 2012

The present government, seemingly  run and controlled by a small clique of ex Public schoolboys, seem intent on taking us back to the 1950s where people did what they were told, without question. And the alarming thing is that this tactic seems to be working!

Let's just look at what has been happening with regard to Disabled people. Seemingly overnight the ConDems have managed to reverse the process in which society was begining to view us in a more positive framework.

People were beginning to accept and support our right to accessible housing, accessible transport, access to mainstream education, etc., and also the right to represent ourselves, rather than be beholden to the big charities whose main preoccupation seemed to be to keep a lot of non-disabled 'disability professionals' in work.

The view that we were helpless, pathetic creatures who needed to be cared for and detained within 'special' institutions - basically kept off the streets - was also slowly changing thanks to the pioneering work undertaken by disabled activists and academics over the past 60 years or so.

We'd started to succesfully challenge the negative stereotypes of disability that were portrayed on television and in the cinema and also encouraged some of the media to write about us in a more positive framework. Slow work and constant hard graft,  but we were getting there.

But, in the short time that this lot have been in power, they've managed to reverse much of the progess we've been making.  They have been sabotaging many of the tools we had aquired for creating our independence, encouraged the press to portray us as benefits scroungers and a drain upon society, and effectively set us back some 50 years. And what's even worse, is that the general public are falling for it all!

But are we down hearted? Too blooming right we are! So what are we doing about it?

I'd be interested to hear ...
 

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Comments

Kevin James via Facebook

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6 May 2012

Pre 1950s, pre war. They always wanted to go back. This classless society of opportunity and ability on merit is clearly not them.

Lynn Harrison via Facebook

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6 May 2012

too right!!! aided and abetted by 'our' mh charities 50s - maybe further back

Arty Farty

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6 May 2012

The bastards are identifying the 'useless eaters' once again and making sure that we crawl back under our stones and let 'normal' people get on with their lives. I personally don't feel that we made that much in the way of progress over the past 60 years. OK we're out and about more, but we're still dependent upon others 'allowing' us to be here. I'm coming back as a fucking big Rottweiler next time - let's see anyone take the piss out of me then!

Deborah Caulfield

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6 May 2012

What are we doing about it? We're having our breakfast and then we're tweeting.

richard downes

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6 May 2012

I think this lot have accelerated the process the other lot started and which the other lot don't seem to have any real idea about. This gives us a real problem. Where do we go to ensure equality? Who do we speak to who will understand that we want to get back on a freedom train?

Tim Dunton

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5 May 2012

Remember going to a demo in london in end of 2010 about social housing cuts, we were opposite Downing Street. One of the protestors in a wheelchair was told by a policeman not too obstruct the highway or pavement as other people had to get to work and go about their 'normal' daily lives!!! (Paraphrasing)

Merry Cross

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5 May 2012

I agree with you both. But I've decided to get out on the streets and tell the public what's really happening, armed with leaflets. I took a position of expecting them to be shocked and they were and they all took leaflets and said they'd either sign the petition online or write to their MP or to Maria Miller or IDS.

I'll send a copy of the leaflet as an attachment to anyone who wants them.

sasha callaghan

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5 May 2012

The 1950's? More like 1834 and the New Poor Law. A moral panic about 'deserving' and 'undeserving' poor and the segregation of 'unsustainable' paupers, surplus to the needs of a capitalist system in crisis. Ring any bells?