No-one really knows what it’s like for a disabled person. No-ONE! Only that disabled person knows what it’s like to navigate this able-bodied world for them, with their particular impairment. SO imagine my shock when I read this article (don’t hit me – I know it’s from a trashy news site, but sometimes I do find myself liking trash, woe is me). Is Iain Duncan Smith serious?? Apparently HE knows what it’s like to be without a limb. Apparently, HE knows that if you lose a limb you can still work (and this is the crunch – yes, you probably could still work, but not every job would be open to you; your choice in jobs would be diminished, AND you have the added aspect of dealing with disability discrimination, because frankly, disability discrimination is out there people, no matter how much you want to deny it!!). But whether you can work or not is not the issue here . . . read on . . .
Iain Duncan Smith is an idiot. Don’t know who Iain Duncan Smith is? Check out this little link – ahem-tosser-ahem. Yes, he is the “caring” man who is the Secretary for Work and Pensions for that devilish of all devilish parties – the Tories. I personally think he has a screw loose . . . for only a person with a screw loose would hold the opinion that people are “festering” on DLA (Disability Living Allowance . . . the best thing since sliced bread . . . for disabled people). DLA is not like other disability benefits where it is judged on your ability to work. Nope. DLA is a support there to help people with various disabilities live there lives . . . even work (yes, it even helps disabled people get out of their flats and work, WORK . . . did you hear that Iain Duncan Smith – WORK!!!!). To threaten to take away this support from over half a million people is effectively going to take away the means for these people to work. Effectively, they will “fester,” because their means of living will be gone. Um, doesn’t that sound a little like hypocrisy? Iain, a word of advice, you want disabled people to get off employment and support, then don’t take away their means of doing this, don’t take away their funding that helps them get to work, buy tools to help them work, and generally get the everyday help they need to function.
This perpetual attack against the disabled is sickening, and still these politicians (who I am convinced, ever more daily, know nothing about the real world, and frankly don’t want to know) make assumptions about the people they are supposed to support and help. Iain Duncan Smith you disgust me – seriously, I wish you would lose a limb, and then maybe you would be able to show a little compassion and empathy instead of cruel, wanton ignorance.