The ‘Guardian’ has been running a string of increasingly more and more strident and alarming articles warning of the terrible consequences of the ConDem actions to change the welfare bill, feeding from pressure groups for the disabledwho have been forecasting woe and damnation for a while now.
Isobel Glenelg, posts as IsobelGlenelg
Having no visible signs of disability (unless you count an almost permanent pain-induced grimace) has its drawbacks. In the early days of my blue badge ownership, I was often glared at disapprovingly. I’d simply smile weakly and say I had multiple sclerosis… When I first appeared in public using them reactions were mixed, but mostly I found I’d suddenly become draped in Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak: studiously ignored. This suited me fine. Then last summer, things changed. Articles in the red-tops talked about disabled scroungers living the life of Riley on hardworking taxpayers’ cash. The day after the tabloids screamed “free BMWs for disabled”, I stupidly left my house to go to the supermarket. Returning to my car, I found a boot-shaped hole had been kicked in the front bumper. I’ve hesitated to display my blue badge since.
My patience has run out with those who feel they have the divine right to interrogate me. When it first occurred I usually responded politely, now I just hobble away as quickly as I can. I certainly feel there’s a correlation between the tabloid “disabled scrounger” splashes and the increase in verbal abuse. On days when the media runs anti-disabled stories, it’s safest to stay indoors.
So, to recap: a few rude (or maybe just curious?) people have made remarks, so all 65 million of us must ‘hate’ the disabled. Someone vandalised her car, and it must have been a ‘hate crime’, because bored little feral youth never vandalise random cars, do they? And this is all being driven by the media who…