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James Delingpole

January 31, 2013

Readers, my Twitter timeline is on fire tonight. Why? James Delingpole is going to be on Question Time.

I must admit, I heard of this man about five minutes ago. But I wish I hadn’t. Why? Because he has recently had these little gems to say about disabled people:

Is it just me – or do the most warped, bitter people on Twitter all have ‘Spartacus’ embroidered across their picture. What’s it about?

For those of you who don’t know, this is the Spartacus Report. The campaigners who started it are neither warped nor bitter- they are just trying hard to get their points out to the world. It was such a viral success that we never removed our Twibbons of support. Personally, I don’t think we ever will, now that a campaign group has grown out of it.

When Delingpole was informed on Twitter that the original Spartacus led a slave revolt, he responded with the second of these ‘gems:’

Ah. That’ll be it. They’re angry about being enslaved by the injustice of free taxpayers’ money. Who wouldn’t, eh?

It’s not free, Sir. We pay a high price for it. The price of permanent ill health. The price of lives that end far too soon. We would give all the ‘free taxpayers’ money’ in the universe not to be disabled. But people like you will never understand that.

The next day, the third ‘gem:’

My timeline is full of froth-mouthed disability rights activists spitting blood. Wow! They make animal rights Nazis look almost reasonable

Sir, that is the magic of our community. When you Tweet nonsense about one of us, we all get insulted. It’s called friendship, Sir. Do you have any friends? Meet Katie Hopkins and Claire Khaw. I think you’ll like them.

And then last Friday, he wrote a post at his personal blog titled “The Dangerous Disability Rights Mob.”

The title basically says it all. Except, Sir, we’re not dangerous, nor are we a mob. We Tweet and blog from our beds- we simply express and discuss opinions and try to explain to those lucky enough to be able to Tweet or blog from somewhere other than a bedroom what our lives are like.

As for Question Time, I quite like it. But I don’t like the fact that it’s giving air time to someone who dislikes my friends- and by extension, all disabled people, so strongly. I will be watching, and I wonder what little ‘gems’ he’ll have to say about us next.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. John Hargrave permalink
    February 1, 2013 3:58 am

    Unfortunately we have to put up these ill informed people who think they know all there is to know about disabled people, and disability in general. Delingpole, with his obnoxious remarks, demonstrates what little he knows about the subject. His venom just goes to show he has the intelligence of a gnat and the scruples of a flea. Perhaps today is the day he will have a serious accident and end up as a disabled person. Then, and only then, will he learn about what we have to endure every single days of our lives.

  2. realist permalink
    February 2, 2013 1:07 am

    Delingpole is a reprehensible individual. The reasoning behind his climate change denial was thoroughly discredited by a scientist – face to face – with him.
    It seems since that humiliation he cares even less about the real world and more than ever about self-promotion and marketing himself as a ‘brand’. He portrays himself as an urbane, yet ‘red-blooded’, demagogue. I think it is an act, for commercial reasons – but that just makes it even easier to detest him

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