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My Complaint To The PCC About Richard Littlejohn’s Motability Article

October 11, 2011

I have just sent this email to the PCC. You are free to use it as a template if you wish to send in a complaint about this article. Many thanks to Dan McIntyre and The Broken Of Britain for their help to make this possible.

I wish to formally file a complaint in reference to a Richard Littlejohn article about the Motability Scheme. The article in question appeared in today’s Daily Mail online as cited above. A PDF of the article is attached for your reference.

Richard Littlejohn and the Daily Mail are in breach of PCC’s Editors’ Code, clauses 1i and 12i.

The article is factually inaccurate. The Motability scheme is not funded by the British taxpayer. It is operated by a charity which raises its own funds through various events throughout the year and which was formed by a group of banks. The charity works very hard to fund and promote the scheme. Motability cars do not come free to disabled people- they are paid for using Disability Living Allowance.

The article is also discriminatory towards disabled people as a group in tone and context. The Motability Scheme is very valuable to the many disabled people who use it. It gives them a great deal of independence and a quality of life that would be impossible if the scheme did not exist. The article seems to suggest that Mr Littlejohn and his employers hold outdated and discriminatory views towards the idea of disabled people being allowed independence and a good quality of life.

This article is further evidence of the continued scapegoating and malicious attitude towards disabled people in general by this publication.

Sincerely,

Sarah Ismail
Same Difference website (www.samedifference1.com)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2011 3:53 pm

    You go girl!

  2. Fiona permalink
    October 11, 2011 3:55 pm

    Thank you for complaining about the ‘article ‘ if you can call it that full of misunderstanding and in some points just made up lies ! Cant believe it even got published its so full of rubbish.

  3. John Hargrave permalink
    October 11, 2011 7:47 pm

    It’s about time the Daily Heil was bought to book for their hate fuelled articles towards disabled people. What they reported in this article was a pack of lies. Thanks for pointing the finger at them for a change and fingers crossed they will issue and apology or be sanctioned in some other way. If ever Littlejohn became disabled…oh dear, oh dear!!

  4. Tom (iow) permalink
    October 12, 2011 12:44 pm

    Well done on doing something, but I have been there, and fear the PCC’s response will be along the lines of:

    “Thank you for your complaint. While we note that you feel that Mr Littlejohn’s article contained numerous factual inaccuracies, readers of the article would be familiar with his style of journalism, and we therefore conclude that informed readers would be unlikely to be misled. (Translation: If anyone believes Littlejohn, they must be so completely misinformed about the world that they cannot be taken as reasonable people.)

    We also note that you raise concerns over whether the article infringes Clause 12 (discriminaton). As the article was not aimed at any individual person it is not covered by the terms of clause 12.(Translation: inciting hatred in general terms is fine by us.)

    The Daily Mail has generously agreed to publish a letter from you, provided they are ultimately allowed to edit its content.

    Yours faithfully, the independent PCC”

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