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My Personal Reaction To Liz Kendall’s Comments

August 17, 2015

I may be late writing this as I saw the news late. Many bloggers and campaigners have already published personal reactions and responses. However I would like to join many of my friends and fellow disability campaigners who are expressing deep dislike of Liz Kendall’s comments yesterday on disabled people. Disabled people ARE ordinary people. We ARE human. To suggest otherwise in such strong language almost describes us as ‘freaks,’ or even as subhumans. It takes everything we’ve fought for five hundred years backwards.

We don’t want to go back to the days of ‘freak shows.’

I’ve spent thirty years trying hard to prove to the world that I AM an ordinary person, that I AM human, that I AM NOT a ‘freak.’

I fought to study in ‘ordinary’ schools, I fought to work in an ‘ordinary’ workplace. Many others fought for much ‘smaller’ rights to do ‘ordinary’ things safely.

My community has fought at every turn. Every generation of children born disabled has improved life in some way for generations to come. Generations of parent carers fought to give their children ‘ordinary’ lives. The current generation of disabled adults fights every day  to improve life for the disabled children of today and tomorrow.

We did all this, we continue to do all this, because we know that we, and/or our children, ARE ordinary people. We know that we, and/or our children, ARE human. We know that we, and/or our children, ARE NOT the ‘freaks’ that we used to be considered by society.

Readers, many of you may be thinking that I am overreacting. Many of you may be thinking that Liz Kendall simply had a ‘slip of the tongue’ and that she should be forgiven.

Readers, if Liz Kendall was not an MP, I might have forgiven her for a ‘slip of the tongue.’ If Liz Kendall was not in a position of power and authority, I might have forgiven her for a ‘slip of the tongue.’ If Liz Kendall was not currently attempting to become leader of the Labour Party, and potentially a future Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I might have forgiven her for a ‘slip of the tongue.’

As things are, readers, I cannot forgive her comments.

There are few things I hate more than people who are in the public eye revealing outdated, offensive opinions in public places. Last time I checked, the BBC News Channel was a very public place.

I join the calls for Liz Kendall to apologise for these comments as soon as possible, preferably live on the BBC News Channel, exactly where she made them in the first place.

Liz Kendall

12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2015 2:10 am

    Thoughtless, moronic, ‘throw-away’ line exposing Kendal as the bigot that she is.

    Get a life, love – preferably outside of politics – you’re not very good at it.

    ‘Managing to insult both disabled and ‘ordinary people’ at the same time is quite an art! ‘Just not very useful or admirable.

    You might want to try a career in writing – maybe a title called “How to Lose Friends and Piss People Off”.

    Oh -and I’m one of those ‘abnormal’ people too!

  2. August 17, 2015 3:36 am

    Imagine the damage such a ‘slip of the tongue’ could do to relations with a superpower like say Russia?

    • August 17, 2015 3:52 am

      ‘Not the first time, either is it Stephen? What is she on?

  3. Jeffery Davies permalink
    August 17, 2015 6:12 am

    Another blair baby she needs to cross that floor to her bigger brother then she can realy show her tory colours

  4. August 17, 2015 8:56 am

    Liz shadows on disability issues and when I met her once with other reps from disability organisations she said she was interested in furthering the aims of disabled people.
    This comment indicates to me the Liz has no concept of disability whatsoever, it also indicates how shambolic the world of politics is. Not understanding the basics of disability is a crime for somebody who holds a shadow post on the subject.
    We know exactly who you are now Liz.

    • August 17, 2015 9:04 am

      I didn’t realise she shadows on disability. Thank you for pointing this out. It just makes the situation even worse in my eyes!

  5. August 17, 2015 10:13 am

    I’ve tweeted Liz Kendall as follows:

    “Yes, I’m disabled. Yes, I’m EXTRAordinary. That’s what you meant, right?”

  6. Dino permalink
    August 17, 2015 12:20 pm

    Here-here! Well said. Kendall’s a disgrace. Sooner she buggers off to UKIP the better.

  7. August 17, 2015 1:10 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

  8. August 17, 2015 3:37 pm

    I have been trying to help Liz Kendall with her PR problems for some time. My last letter (no.12) deals with the current farrago http://richardhering.com/en/allblogs/-/blogs/open-letters-to-liz-kendall

  9. August 17, 2015 7:07 pm

    Where, when and on which show or bulletin did Kendall say this please? If it’s accurate, I’ll be as angry as anyone, but I cannot find it.

  10. August 18, 2015 2:54 am

    Reblogged this on Lady Crookback.

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