Conservative newspaper admits that ‘real disabled’ are in receipt of ‘scrounger rhetoric’ (Well, almost!)

Some mediocre GP doesn’t like filling in ATOS paperwork for his patients, so he is calling them all ‘workshy-well’ and citing Professor Stephen Hawking as a shining example of what us crips can do when we try.
How unoriginal. Excuse me, I shall now revert to the language of scholarship, or I shall run out of expletives!
Someone should tell the poor man to get a better job with less sick people in it and less paperwork so that he can snooze between meals. And someone should tell him how hackneyed that sounds! The usual fine grasp of political correctness as practiced by those who are not in the ring themselves.
Seems like I know more about MND AND disability than the good doctor, but then I would. Pretty sure the MND Association will be less than impressed too, not to mention Prof. H. who I’m sure must get heartily sick of being used as a figurehead in such patronising terms, but sure he is used to lesser mortals being totally asinine by now.
I’d like to know whether said ‘Doctor’ is an Atos employee and whether he has asked Prof H what HE thinks about being his poster boy? But why would he ask a disabled person whether they like being held up as a nauseating example of pluck and grit?
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Some of us have degrees but are now too ill to use them- and it is insulting and hurtful to have it explained just how far luck, pluck (and all those other things that end in ‘uck’) can get you when you already know about hard work KNOW because you DID IT! Others never had the opportunities due to ill-health, social barriers or the assumption that we ‘couldn’t manage’ an education or a job and it is damned insulting to be told you have not tried when you know that it was not YOU holding back. Many had to fight not to be fobbed off with a ‘compromise’ – half an education or none or a fast track into telephony or basket weaving.
Although I have two degrees all these have situations have at various times applied me and I am furiously angry on behalf of every last one of us. Whatever our attainments, disability or work history, none of us want to be held up as saints or sinners and if I saw such a poster I would have no hesitation in pulling it down.
I’ve met GPs like this man and they are the same ones who think that disabled people had better not have children in case they are ‘a burden’ on the state.
Prof. Hawking, not to mention having full time staff and already being in-post at Cambridge when the MND struck, has the contacts and the cash and would be the first to reject the ‘despite his disability’ hot air.
Throughout the history of disability, high flyers or survivors have been assumed to have risen above their disadvantages (which are assumed to be physical or intellectual rather than socially created by prejudice) and those who have survived to gain eminence have been kings, lords, (few women) rich, or at least have a supportive family. The disabled _poor_ of history are almost entirely invisible.

Some mediocre GP doesn’t like filling in ATOS paperwork for his patients, so he is calling them all ‘workshy-well’ and citing Professor Stephen Hawking as a shining example of what all those brave disabled people can do when we try and suggesting him as the new poster boy of Atos.
Someone should tell the man to get a job with less sick people in it and less paperwork so that he can snooze between meals. And someone should tell him how hackneyed that sounds! The usual fine grasp of political correctness as practiced by those who are not in the ring themselves.
Pretty sure the Motor Nerone Disease Association will be less than impressed too, not to mention Prof. H. who I’m sure must get heartily sick of being used as a figurehead in such patronising terms, but sure he is used to lesser mortals being totally asinine by now.
I’d like to know whether said Dr is an Atos employee and whether he has asked Prof H what HE thinks about being his poster boy? But why would he ask a disabled person whether they like being held up as a nauseating example of pluck and grit?
I am furiously angry on behalf of every last disabled person faced with the endless discrimination, disbelief and punishing round of paper-chasing that is the DWP/Atos assessments that WE should be blamed for the added paperwork and be told to stop clogging up Dr.s surgeries and go and do something useful. I happen to have two first Class Honours degrees, myself but whatever our attainments, disability or work history, none of us want to be held up as saints or sinners and if I saw such a poster I would have no hesitation in pulling it down.
I’ve met GPs like this man and they are the same ones who think that disabled people had better not have children in case they are ‘a burden’ on the state.
Prof. Hawking, not to mention having full time staff and already being in-post at Cambridge when the MND struck, has the contacts and the cash and would be the first to reject the ‘despite his disability’ image of his last 50 years of stupendous achievements.
Throughout the history of disability, high flyers or survivors have been assumed to have risen above their impairments though pure grit and stamina which others lack when in fact this is only part of the story. The greatest barriers are those created by social prejudice, financial constraint, general ignorance and social exclusion and rejection. Those who have survived to gain eminence have been kings, lords, (few women) rich, or at least have a supportive family. This is why the disabled _poor_ of history are almost entirely invisible.

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