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Rod Liddle’s Back- And This Time He’s In The Sun

January 26, 2012

Remember Rod Liddle, readers? I didn’t- well not until about half an hour ago, anyway. That was, until I found out that he scribbled this load of rubbish for the Sun today. (The second  link will take you to a ‘freezepage’ with many thanks to the brilliant @latentexistence- for some reason between 11.41am and now, the online version of the piece seems to have disappeared. However the lovely people at Political Scrapbook have got a picture of the page as it appears in the printed paper.)

The text:

MY New Year’s resolution for 2012 was to become disabled.

Nothing too serious, maybe just a bit of a bad back or one of those newly invented illnesses which make you a bit peaky for decades — fibromyalgia, or M.E.

There’s lots of money to be made from being disabled — your money, taxpayers’ money, as it happens.

And it is far easier to be disabled these days than was ever the case.

Also, I am nothing if not a creature of fashion, a cool and with-it hipster, daddy-o, who is always up to date with the latest trends.

And being disabled is incredibly fashionable. The number of people who claim to be disabled has doubled in the past ten years.

And who can blame them? Not only do you get money from the Government and don’t have to go to work — but if you play your cards right you might get one of those badges which lets you park wherever you want.

Right in front of the cashpoint, for example. And you can use those enormous toilets with levers and handgrips and emergency buzzers they have in all public places, without feeling too guilty about it.

The latest figures regarding incapacity allowance came out this week. It is now estimated that 80 per cent of people who are claiming sickness benefit are actually fit to work. What’s more, almost a million people have been on Invalidity Benefit for more than a decade.

When you suggest that this is a public scandal, the disabled charities get very cross and accuse you of victimising the infirm.

But I’m not, I’m victimising the people who are pretending to be infirm in order to claim money from the state.

Or at least, I’m trying to: I don’t suppose it will have much effect. Just water off their supposedly bad backs.

Then the Left-wingers will say — hang on a minute, you fat old fascist, more money is lost to the country as a result of tax avoidance by the very rich than is wasted through sickness benefits.

Well, maybe it is. And the Government should deal with that with a bit more vigour than they do right now.

But it still doesn’t make fraudulently claiming sickness benefit OK, does it?

That’s like saying we shouldn’t get worked up about crimes such as rape because murder is far worse.

It’s a silly argument.

More than anything, though, the people fraudulently claiming sickness benefit are doing a disservice to those who really deserve it: The people who are truly disabled or ill. It has become easier to claim these benefits, partly as a consequence of the disablement charities who, out of their own self-interest, insist that an ever-greater proportion of the population is disabled.

I think we should all pretend to be disabled for a month or so, claim benefits and hope this persuades the authorities to sort out the mess.

Disabled bloggers and Tweeters  are getting their own back on him and having the last laugh. They are far stronger than me- I feel like screaming, then crying, but I know that won’t help which is why I have simply linked them instead.

One Comment leave one →
  1. John Hargrave permalink
    January 26, 2012 9:24 pm

    Rod Liddle wouldn’t know a disabled person if he met one, he has no idea what disabled people face each and every day. I was trying to think of a motive for his vile words, but words fail me. Perhaps he will meet an accident, be laid on his back for months on end and end up in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Would he make the same stupid rants he does now? I doubt it very much. The figures he comes out with, and the ease he thinks we can get ‘benefits’ are just a figment of of his vivid imagination, what planet has he fallen from ?
    If he has children, woe betide any of them becoming ill or disabled what would he write about then? Oh how I would love to see him making a claim for disability benefits, would I ram it down his bet I would!.

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