Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed, we now have a new Minister for Disabled people – Justin Tomlinson MP …
Well, actually, a new Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work to be exact (yes, they’ve changed the job title again!) – so he’s stretched pretty thin. AND he’s only a junior minister!
Although having worked under the infamous Iain Duncan Smith at the DWP, he doesn’t strike me as having sufficient clout to stand up to Boris. I rather envisage him as being one of the little oiks used by Boris and his Brexit cronies to run errands and generally behave as if they were all still at public school together!
I wonder what would happen if he started to get hundreds of letters from us Crips, asking what he was intending to do to protect the rights of disabled people when they start pulling apart the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). If nothing else, it would alert them to the fact that we’re watching as their grimy hands start to pull perfectly good legislation apart to fit their own Orwellian policies.
Go on folks. Get writing. It doesn’t have to be Shakespeare, just a simple question (here’s an example):
Dear Mr Tomlinson,
As you will be aware. When the Disability Discrimination Act was abolished and replaced by the Equality Act 2010, we lost all the accumulated case law associated with our rights as Disabled people. Can you assure me, as Minister of State for Disabled People, that disabled people will not be marginalised again when this Government replaces the European Convention on Human Rights with its own legislation?
Over to you folks … and perhaps let us know if you actually get a response!
And here is an audio transcription for easier access to the Blog (voice of Helen Lupton aka Mrs Crippen)