The Hyperbole Dial Goes All The Way Up To Eleven!

Sue Marsh in CiF on the real cause of ‘disability hate crime’:

There is little doubt that disability hate crime is on the rise.

*sigh* Really??

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?

12 comments for “The Hyperbole Dial Goes All The Way Up To Eleven!

  1. Patrick Harris
    September 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    “suffer routine attacks”
    Right men there’s today’s target, yeah the bloke in the wheelchair, let’s be ‘avin you, get stuck in.
    Well done lads, see you here tomorrow, same time and don’t be late.

  2. Mike Spilligan
    September 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I’m surprised she didn’t suggest that “they’re all those wicked Tories”.

    • September 21, 2011 at 5:51 am

      Give her time…

  3. September 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Gawd, the Graun gets any old spastic to write in CiF these days.

    Sorry, wrong thing to say? Are the hate police on their way? :mrgreen:

    • nisakiman
      September 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      If you didn’t live on the bottom of the world, they probably would be coming for you!

      I have to say that in my threescore plus years I cannot recollect seeing or hearing of any attacks, physical or verbal, on anyone disabled. And didn’t I read just recently that the word “disabled” is the next one on the PC hit list? It will soon be as unacceptable as “spastic”. Someone is going to have to start inventing new words / euphemisms or we’ll all be reduced to a vocabulary of 300 words, such is the rate at which the “liberals” are declaring words “offensive”.

      • September 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm

        I can’t recall who it was or if it was TV, radio or print media where I saw it, but someone once told a story about their son or daughter coming home from school and referring to someone else in their class as being ‘a bit special’. The parent experienced a small flush of pride in their child giving such a generous and mature character assessment of one of their friends, which turned out to be a huge mistake because it was meant in the same tone as school children of the past would have meant ‘spaz’, ‘flid’, ‘joey’ and ‘mong’. Which was probably inevitably what was going to happen to the word ‘special’ when PC types decided to teach that ‘spaz’, ‘flid’, ‘joey’ and ‘mong’ were bad words and people should be said to have ‘special needs’ instead. The lesson is that whatever PC term you come up with it’s a near certainty that the playground will find a way to twist it into an insult.

        • September 21, 2011 at 5:52 am

          It’s not just the kids – that’s the insult of choice for me and most of my work colleagues and friends when we encounter a dimwit 😳

        • September 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

          for many years it always amused me to get birthday cards reading To My Special Brother and put inverted commas around the ‘Special’ 😉

    • Steve W
      September 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      For some reason I’m reminded of one of the most ill advised product launches of all time (Graun link was as good as any):

      • September 21, 2011 at 5:53 am

        😆 😆 😆 😆

  4. David A. Evans
    September 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Quite right, I see a change in attitudes & ever increasing aggression towards me.
    Then again I’m not disabled by anything except the fact that the state has made damned sure I can’t retaliate against the little fuckers!
    The courts are seemingly impotent too!

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