The launch of the Metropolitan Police's Disability Hate Crime Matters initiative.

The launch of the Metropolitan Police’s Disability Hate Crime Matters initiative.

Is the rise of disability hate crime due to better recording by police? Or is it a sign of a real rise? I think the latter.

As the UK slips further towards fascism, we see an increasing focus on identifying people who are different from “us” as a unifying cause – bringing the country together in dislike of the unlike.

Recently, refugees and economic migrants have borne the brunt of attention by the compliant mass media, but disabled people have been putting up with the same treatment for years.

The DWP has taught the UK’s people to disregard the protestations of the disabled that they are disabled, and to accuse them of “faking” it. They are “scroungers”, we’re told. “Shirkers”. “Skivers”.

Some people, exposed to this propaganda, react towards the disabled with hate speech. Others, with violence.

I think it is potentially dangerous to attribute the rise in disability hate crime to improved recording methods.

But then, the only victims are disabled – so who cares?

New Home Office figures show the number of disability hate crimes recorded by police increased by more than 40 per cent last year.

The percentage increase in recorded disability hate crime by police forces across England and Wales was higher than for any other hate crime strand.

One disabled campaigner said it was “both a relief and a sadness” to see the figures, as they were beginning to show the true levels of disability hate crime but also demonstrated that years of work to encourage more disabled people to report such offences were paying off.

The Home Office figures show there were 3,629 disability hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales in 2015-16, compared with 2,515 in 2014-15 and only 1,748 in 2011-12, meaning they have more than doubled in just four years.

The Home Office said it was possible that some of the increase could be due to an increase in actual disability hate crime, but that improved reporting and recording was likely to be a factor across all the strands of hate crime, including race, religion and sexual orientation.

Source: Huge rise in recorded hate crime, but full picture yet to emerge, say campaigners

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