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Thugs who don’t understand the rules are terrorising people over face masks

A face mask: these are mandatory in enclosed spaces in England – but some people are exempt from the rule and anybody trying to bully those people needs to be shown the error of their ways.

Look at this: a woman has received abuse for not wearing a mask while out in England – even though she is exempt.

The problem isn’t just that the abusers don’t understand the rules.

It’s that they don’t care.

They’re using Covid-19 restrictions to bully people – especially disabled people and their carers.

That’s the result of 10 years of unremitting government anti-disablist propaganda.

So not only do they think it is okay to abuse Louise Sharp, of Whitley Bay, for not wearing a mask when she needs to have her face clear to communicate with her autistic daughter; they think they are encouraged to do so.

Ms Sharp ended up having a panic attack and now she simply doesn’t have the confidence to go out.

That’s because of these abusers.

They don’t have the right to question her; it’s none of their business.

Shop staff do, along with others in authority in enclosed spaces – as long as they do it in a polite way that doesn’t assume wrongdoing.

And everyone needs to be aware that some people are exempt from wearing masks, and who those exemptions cover. In England, they are:

 

  • Children under the age of 11.
  • Those unable to put on or wear a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or disability.
  • People for whom wearing or removing a face covering will cause severe distress.
  • Anyone assisting someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.

 

This Writer is unlikely to be accosted by such bullies; if I were to go to places where the mask rule is in effect, I would wear one.

But if I saw someone being – call it what it is – attacked in that way, rest assured I would not walk by and let it happen.

I hope Vox Political readers everywhere would do the same.

Source: Whitley Bay mask-exempt woman urges ‘more understanding’ – BBC News

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Woman with heart defect abused by ignoramus who thought she looked too fit to be disabled

Proof: Jackie Logan with her blue badge.

It is government attitudes to disability that are encouraging gammons like the man in this story to inflict their ignorance on the vulnerable.

Under the Tories it is Department for Work and Pensions policy to try to tell disabled people that they aren’t ill at all.

That has filtered down to the general public and we end up with a man verbally attacking a disabled woman for doing something that is well within her rights.

This story tells me that there should be a legal punishment for people like this man, who waste the authorities’ time with their bigotry.

This ignoramus could cause serious harm to a vulnerable person with his belligerent bullying – and he should be made to pay for it.

A woman who suffers from a serious heart defect was verbally abused in the street for using a disabled parking bay.

Jackie Logan, 29, has three leaking valves and atrial fibrillation in her heart, resulting in increased, irregular heartbeats and as a result she is often left breathless.

She has also suffered from arthritis since the age of just two and has the condition lymphoedema, which results in her legs swelling up and causes her problems walking.

Jackie has a blue badge which allows her to park next to her place of employment in Halfway.

However… she was aggressively approached by a man who criticised her for parking there.

“He told me I wasn’t disabled, that I was breaking the law and that he would be reporting me. He kept saying that I looked awfully fit to be disabled and wouldn’t listen about my blue badge.

“He was there for about 10 minutes, just arguing with me. It was a really upsetting thing to happen and it’s quite intimidating when a man suddenly approaches you out of the blue and starts having a go.”

Source: “You look awfully fit to be disabled” – Cambuslang woman who has heart defect tells of distress at being verbally abused in the street – Daily Record

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This casual disablism has infected the UK since the Tories took office

This trolley is in a space that should be free for wheelchair users.

A disabled woman was deprived of the wheelchair space she had booked on a train because the company said it was “policy” to park a catering trolley there.

It is a symptom of the casual disablism that has infected the UK since the Conservatives took office and started treating people with disabilities as less-than-human.

Hollie Brooks was told if a second wheelchair user had booked a seat on the train, she could have had her place.

Apparently her money, on its own, simply isn’t good enough. Charming.

A disabled woman was left feeling “like a second-class citizen” when she boarded a Greater Anglia train to find her allotted wheelchair space taken up with a catering trolley and boxes of food.

Hollie Brooks, a 29-year-old audience development manager and freelance journalist from Durham, was travelling from Norwich to Colchester on 30 August when the incident occurred.

Having booked a wheelchair space with a companion seat well in advance, Hollie was surprised to hear from a member of staff on the platform that the trolley was currently in her space, but was assured it would be moved.

Upon boarding, Hollie discovered that the cart was still in the space she had booked.

The member of staff who was manning the trolley told Hollie it was Greater Anglia policy to use one of the wheelchair spaces in first class for catering facilities if the buffet car wasn’t in use.

Source: Disabled passenger felt like ‘second-class citizen’ after wheelchair space on train blocked by catering trolley | The Independent

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‘Fragile snowflake’ VP-elect lectured by musical cast, provoking apology demand from Trump

Mike Pence leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York after watching Hamilton [Image: Andres Kudacki/AP].

Mike Pence leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York after watching Hamilton [Image: Andres Kudacki/AP].

Donald Trump is getting exactly what he deserves after his outburst against actors who – let’s face it – only spoke to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

He’s being mocked as a “fragile little snowflake” after demanding that “the theatre must always be a safe and special place”.

I daresay Abraham Lincoln would have preferred the theatre to be a “safe space” for politicians, but his example shows the scale of Trump’s miscalculation here.

The American citizens on the stage only talked to the VP-elect – and in a respectful way.

All the booing and abuse was coming from his fellow audience members – American citizens from whom he must earn any respect he, or his President, may try to demand.

Neither Mr Pence nor Mr Trump are “fragile little snowflakes” – they are now prominent politicians who must step up to the role of statesmen.

In a world where stage performers can act with more dignity, it seems they both have a long, long way to go.

Brandon Dixon, who plays vice-president Aaron Burr, stepped forward and took out a piece of paper.

He thanked the audience for seeing the show, then said: “Vice-president Mike Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few moments.

“There is nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen, we are sharing a story of love,” he said.

“Mike Pence, we welcome you here. We are the diverse Americans who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents.

“Or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights … we hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us,” he continued, to rising cheers.

“We thank you for sharing this wonderful American story, told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations,” he concluded.

Source: Trump demands apology from Hamilton cast after Mike Pence booed | US news | The Guardian

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