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If they won’t I will

If they won’t I will

There’s a lot going about on Twitter at the moment about the death figures for those claiming ESA in the past five years. It makes for some fairly scary reading. It’s prompted a  UN inquiry into grave and systematic violations of disabled people‚Äôs rights I’m just completing an edit on my first novel. I’ve been a bit reticent about sharing it with people, because it feels all vulnerable to get out there and say ‘I’ve written a book.’ But the…

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Paralympics Meanderings

Paralympics Meanderings

How fabulous are the Paralympics? I love seeing how the athletes have worked so hard and triumphed over such adversity. They are inspirational. It’s quite staggering to see how far some of them have come in their lives and their sport. And – well, they’re fantastic athletes. However, there is something of a backlash amongst the disabled and chronically sick community, especially as regards to one of the Paralympic sponsors, Atos Healthcare. One has to wonder why a company that…

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Those who ‘just get on with it’…

Those who ‘just get on with it’…

So, this phrase has been vexing me somewhat lately. I’m not entirely sure why, but here’s the thing: ‘<insert name here> is so inspirational, you know. She is one of those people who just get on with it, you know, even when she has proper flu. She doesn’t let it get her down.’ And there’s that dreadful ad. Can’t even remember what it is advertising, some overpriced and ineffective cold remedy, I believe. The one that extols the virtues of…

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Benefit Scroungers R Us

Benefit Scroungers R Us

I am seriously worried about the future. Not so much for me, because I am blessed to have the support I have, but for those people suffering from chronic illnesses and disability who are running out of options. You may think I am being somewhat over dramatic here, but in reality, there is a problem, and it is being hidden, and there is a systematic assault on the very people who need protecting most. But the news doesn’t report this….

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