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George Osborne’s Future

  • September 30, 2014
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I was surprised to hear George Osborne inviting his party and the nation to ‘choose the future’ yesterday.   It isn’t just because Trainspotting isn’t the most obvious text for a chancellor to refer to when making a major policy speech.   I’ve always thought of the chancellor as a ghastly apparition from a...

Home is where the Hatred is

  • March 24, 2014
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Yesterday’s Sunday Mirror has the awful story of Linda Wooton, the 49-year-old woman who died in hospital nine days after an Atos work assessment test declared her ‘fit for work.’     Mrs Wooton’s health had been poor for three decades, as a result of complications from a heart and lung transplant.   She...

Who Likes the Daily Mail?

  • December 03, 2013
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Readers of this blog will know that I’m not a massive fan of the Daily Mail.   And if I keep returning to it, that’s because the cursed thing is impossible to ignore.   It squats there in the centre of British public life with its 4.3 million readers like a giant toad,   a...

Disabled people: heroes or scapegoats?

  • August 30, 2012
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I wish the Paralympics well, but I can’t help noting a certain discrepancy between the celebration of the Games and the distinctly less celebratory attitudes towards the disabled that are prevalent in British society.

Yesterday David Cameron said that the Games will ‘inspire a lot of people and change people’s views on disability’.   This inspirational...

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