Sue Marsh in CiF on the real cause of ‘disability hate crime’:
There is little doubt that disability hate crime is on the rise.
A recent Equality and Human Rights Commission report concluded that “people with disabilities in the UK face harassment, insult and attack almost as a matter of routine, while a collective denial‘ among police, government and other public bodies means little is done to challenge the situation“.
It’s funny, but I know of no-one who ‘routinely’ attacks and abuses people with disabilities. I also doubt that the people who do are the sort to reserve their abuse for just the disabled, either. It’s far more likely to be people like these.
People for whom the law holds no fear, and who’d pick on the elderly or the lone young just as readily.
This is strong language. It seems so shocking that we might decide that it cannot possibly be true.
Or might decide that it’s yet another case of statistics being warped to serve the purpose of a single-issue pressure group.
According to a ComRes, some 47% of disabled people surveyed said that attitudes towards them have worsened over the past year while 66% claimed that they had experienced “aggression, hostility or name-calling”.
All purely subjective. And also a self-selecting sample.
Taken to its extreme, this bullying leads to the tragic deaths of people such as Fiona Pilkington and Francecca Hardwick, Gemma Hayter and Keith Philpott.
No, I’m pretty certain the thugs who featured in these cases didn’t start out as responsible, respectable citizens who felt the government had given them license to torture, abuse and kill the disabled because of their policies on welfare.
Because that, incredibly, appears to be what she’s suggesting:
But while the causes of hate crime are hard to fathom, we should look first to the attitudes of those who govern and inform us. A recent select committee report criticised both the press and the department of work and pensions over the way in which the media covers statistics on sickness benefits.
Does she really think these semi-human savages are sitting glued to the news? Reading newspapers? Studying government policy?
Articles referring to “the shirking classes”, “scroungers” and “skivers” led the chair of the committee, Dame Anne Begg, to write to the DWP urging staff to be careful how they present statistics.
Who, other than Sue herself, is equating the terms above solely with the sick and disabled? Does she think we should hand out money with no checks and balances whatsoever?
Liberal Democrats have a chance to be the first party to stand up for the sick and disabled, to listen to their genuine fear and anxiety and to oppose a system that is causing abject poverty and suffering. Britain’s 2.5 million sick and disabled people will be hoping that they do.
If there really are sick and disabled people living in ‘fear and anxiety’, isn’t it just as likely to be as a result of the kind of absurdly overwrought doomcrying that is given such space in the media?