Positively The Least Persuasive Argument Against ‘The Cuts’ Ever!

Britain’s greatest Paralympian, Lady Tanni Grey-Thompson, has warned that disability benefit cuts will affect the development of top athletes and undermine the Games’ key legacy aim of widening access to sport for disabled people.


Nice try, love, but it’s not really up there with the ‘disabled people will starve in the gutters or commit suicide!’ hyperbole we’ve been hearing non-stop, is it?

Her comments were backed by other Paralympians. Ben Rushgrove, a sprinter and silver medallist at the Beijing Games, said that while he had no problem with the principle of welfare reform, the loss of disability benefit would be an obstacle to sporting participation for many people.

Shouldn’t we be concentrating on, well, getting them back into work, and not just into sport?

He added: “We have to ask what type of society people want. In the UK years ago we made a decision to support those people who are the most vulnerablein society and we would not let them fall by the wayside. I feel that idea is being eroded away.”There will always be people who game the system. But most disabled people are living hand to mouth. It’s about getting the change right and the pace of change right.”

If they really are living ‘hand to mouth’, I wouldn’t have thought sport would be the first thing on their agenda…

3 comments for “Positively The Least Persuasive Argument Against ‘The Cuts’ Ever!

  1. john in cheshire
    May 22, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I’m sorry but until we have a healthy economy, even considering spending my money on such luxuries as sport will have to take a back seat. If it’s that important, I’m sure someone will find a way to fund it and make money from it.

  2. Parity
    May 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    We can sympathise with every cause out there….but we are all in this together. I’m a single parent (other parent died before you class me as a scrounger) and have taken a pay cut in the public sector with worse to come with the pension news….tugging at your heart strings yet…ok…don’t think rude thoughts.
    We all have to make the best of a bad situation. Instead ofpaying for trips out,i have taken up running and long walks. Disabled people will have to cut the cloth the same as us…

  3. May 23, 2012 at 8:19 am

    The thing which interfered with sports development was taking £12bn and spunking it on hosting the games.

    Take that same £12bn and put it in to talent spotting in schools, gyms, physio, nutrition, minibuses, equipment, chaparone services, sports scholarships, coaching and what ever the equivalent is of a stipend for developing athletes, and we could have been taking medals home in a wheelbarrow, spending that money on the people who matter: British citizens.

    She should blame Coe for wanting to polish his knob at public expense for the reason why they aren’t paid to pursue their hobby. (Assuming there that there is a role for the state in sponsoring sports, which is a different question.)

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