It has been quite obvious for a while now that the government, with the help of some of the more right-wing press, have been running a smear campaign against disabled people, to make it easier to pass their Welfare Reform Bill with a minimum of protest.
An example of how well they are succeeding can, if it hasn’t been removed by the time you read this, be found on a Facebook page that seeks to have “Blue Badge” parking permits taken from disabled people.
The page seems to be American in origin, but there have been quite a few comments from Brits keen to show their disdain for the disabled.
Here’s their mission statement:
Notice at the end the call to break the law, yet Facebook, at the time of writing, have ignored the many reports that I know they have received.
The most recent post, and the reply, demonstrate the stupidity of this group.
Stacey makes a fatuous leap from a few cases seen in a television show, to widespread abuse of the system, and Amelia agrees, and makes a further leap, that disabled people are liars because some people are pretending to be disabled.
With witless people like this around, is it any wonder that disabled people are increasingly being bullied and attacked?
EDIT: 11th April, the page has disappeared!
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- Blue badge Crackdown (ffeirio.wordpress.com)
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