Incontinence pants: Cherylee Houston has been outspoken in her protests against the Conservative Government's disability despotism - here highlighting how the Tories proposed to give disabled people more independence.

Incontinence pants: Cherylee Houston has been outspoken in her protests against the Conservative Government’s disability despotism – here highlighting how the Tories proposed to give disabled people more independence.

Most readers will probably know that Cherylee Houston is a star of top soap Coronation Street – and is herself disabled.

That’s why her article in Standard Issue is important. She is a disabled woman in the public eye, deploring her government’s persecution of the disabled.

Standard Issue bills itself as “for all women”, but this article is really for everybody. Please take the time to read it.

“While they are defensible in narrow terms, given the continuing deficit, they are not defensible in the way they were placed within a budget that benefits higher earnings taxpayers.” Iain Duncan Smith, 18 March 2016

How ‘narrow’ do the terms have to be to make disabled people choose between food and heat?

The problem with systematic bullying is that it can go on undetected for years. And it’s only now that a crowd has gathered to see our heads against the floor and the boot coming in for one final big kick that someone in the gang has had to take the fall for the punishment. And while it is the one wearing the boot, the rest of the gang are still here, hoping previous misdemeanours will go unnoticed.

The cull is happening and my fear is that one of the bullies holding his hands up for no more is a weapon to silence the upsurge of our anger. Don’t see this as disabled people winning. The torment has temporarily halted, that’s all. We still need the belongings back that the bullies cruelly snatched and we’re looking over our shoulders, worried as to from which angle they will pounce on us next.

Source: Let’s not resign disabled people to this fate – Standard Issue

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