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David Starkey’s Disabled?

April 22, 2012

I blinked when I read the words ‘David Starkey’ in a headline on the Guardian’s disability web page. It took me a good section of the article to realise why he’s there- he was born with two club feet and infantile polio.

I first really heard of David Starkey after the 2011 London riots, when he made unnecessary racist comments on an episode of  Newsnight. I disliked him then, and discovering his disability has not changed my feelings. However, I can’t deny he’s famous, and some may be interested to learn that he is also disabled. So- something I never thought would happen is happening- I’m blogging about him.

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  1. April 22, 2012 11:51 pm

    Lazy writing or sub-editing in the Guardian article you refer to. He wasn’t “born with two club feet *and* infantile polio” [my emphasis]. According to an earlier, by nine years, Guardian article he was ” born with two club feet” but presumably caught poliomyelitis (infantile *paralysis*) as a child. See “What drives me? Money”; Simon Hattenstone,The Guardian, Monday 31 March 2003 09.58 BST http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2003/mar/31/television

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