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Jeremy Vine Discussion On Jody McIntyre

December 16, 2010

Jeremy Vine was discussing Jody McIntyre’s case on his show today on Radio 2. It’s up on iPlayer here for a week. The discussion starts at around 1 hour 10 minutes and continues for most of the rest of the show.

I have a few points to make about what I heard.

There were some people on the show making comments like ‘what were the police supposed to do?’ There was even one man, one of the main studio guests, saying that wheelchairs can be used as weapons. I’ve never heard such rubbish! Wheelchairs are not weapons- they are necessary mobility aids. Wheelchair users do not choose to use or to need wheelchairs. They cannot help their disabilities. As I’ve said from the start, the police were very wrong to do what they did to McIntyre. I have CP and so do many of my friends. If McIntyre had been more severely affected by his disability, he might have hit his head on the ground, and then the police could have killed him. As it is, they are all very lucky that he was not left with a more severe level of disability after the incident. Has anyone considered that, even for a second, so far?

I was also shocked and very disappointed to hear the view of a mother of a disabled young man who wrote in to say she thought Jody McIntyre had put himself in danger by going to the protest. Of all the people I would expect to suggest that Jody McIntyre should not have been there, expressing his opinion like everyone else, the parent of a disabled person was last on the list! I’d like to know what other parents of disabled people think about this.

Comments, as always, are very welcome below.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2010 10:45 am

    I think the point everyone’s either missing or not expressing very well is that sure, a wheelchair *can* be used as a weapon but it certainly couldn’t be used as a weapon by Jody McIntyre. Possibly it could have been used as a weapon by people around him but I can’t see anyone doing that with him in it. So clearly, neither Jody nor his wheelchair were a threat. And it would be hard to perceive him as a threat either. Unless you’re a hyped up police officer or a shouty, screamy man called Simon. He was a piece of work, wasn’t he.

  2. samedifference1 permalink*
    December 18, 2010 11:02 am

    He certainly was, Kim. Thank you for your comments. Best wishes.

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