Congratulations – You’re Just Like Everyone Else!

A veteran campaigner has called for an end to the bitter rail dispute which she says is ruining the lives of many disabled customers.

And all of their non-disabled customers!

She has echoed recent comments made in Parliament by Lewes MP Maria Caulfield, who told MPs that disabled rail users are often left in the dark when train services are cancelled, delayed, or altered with little notice.

You think the non-disabled aren’t..?

Ms McCall, 82, who has multiple sclerosis, said: “I feel so desperately sorry for all the able-bodied customers whose lives are being disrupted by the current strike action, especially those who have to travel to work ever day.

“For the disabled it simply means that we cannot plan ahead and, believe me, that can be very isolating. You can feel absolutely helpless.

“It makes you think twice about even travelling because there is that worry that you won’t make it, that you will get stuck at a venue and be unable to make it back home.

“It can be very distressing. It’s that gut feeling you might not reach where you want to go.”

Yup. I’m betting everyone feels like this. True ‘equality’ at last!

Of course, there’s always an MP who’s willing to demand special treatment:

She said: “The current level of disruption to rail services is having a major impact upon passengers across my constituency, impacting upon their lives, and the lives of their families.

“This disruption is felt even more harshly by passengers that are visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, and I therefore felt it necessary to ask how their needs are being met.

“I welcome the government’s response, however I will continue to lobby the Department for Transport to ensure that operators are meeting the requirements of their passenger licence.”

That’s nice. Sod everyone else, eh?

2 comments for “Congratulations – You’re Just Like Everyone Else!

  1. Stonyground
    January 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    The railway line near my house is a cycle path. It has never once failed to get me where I want to go.

  2. Errol
    January 16, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I’m not going to suddenly demand the disabled get special treatment but I am going to state that when you can’t walk, see or hear you are reliant upon stability. The systems, tools and equipment to work consistently, reliably, as they always have. My half brother wasn’t born particularly well and has trouble walking, and eventually will go in a wheel chair. until then, the wretched blighter insists on using crutches. He gets into a car OK as a passenger but a train he brings along his steps in his pack.

    When you potter around stations on your own, able bodied the trains are a frustrating, miserable experience. When you don’t have those two legs to get about, and walking the 3 miles home can leave you in a ditch – because you’re a stubborn mule and won’t ask for help despite knowing you can’t get up on your own – it’s frightening.

    Most ‘disabled’ people I’ve met have been really tough, dedicated cookies pushing themselves so please don’t think they’re all wanting a handout.

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