Saturday, 27 October 2018

Disability and the Equality Law

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We should perhaps throw in the usual garbage about how the European Union is the new Shangri-La too.  There is already too much inequality being generated in the USA.

Social media of the disability ilk throws up some weird responses to access situations and rights, and lately, attacking the UK's health services is just one of them.  

Almost as much of a conundrum as the deaf ones but not quite!  One poster suggested the European Union support for health areas to recognise all sorts of religious 'fads and fancies' (Thank goodness at least we aren't yet allowing their goats in to hospitals),  was one positive of the European Court of Human Rights, (An area the UK is due to pull out of, because its a joke and staffed by a lot of very dubious people whose ideas of equality and rights endorses wholesale discrimination against the less popular cause celebs).  With a 100m population comes 100m issues of discrimination.  Equality means we are own charities and own focus group!

UK media is now publishing adverts for a charity that helps homosexuals, and trans people since when is that issue needing one?  They are charity cases now? Their issue is acceptance or something and believes begging for money on the streets will enact a charity to raise awareness they are having problems.   They aren't daft, donor areas are always willing to support offbeat areas like those and banning petrol or something.  They fail to appreciate most of us have switched off from it all really. We can't be bothered or have the means to support every one of them, which we see as meaning genuine areas are losing out.  Charity is dead or should be, we should also be lobbying to end those because the contain vulnerable areas to a lifetime of pity and reliance of others.  The deaf answer to that was to move the goalposts but still carry on with the same approach.  They call it a culture and not a language issue or both, or a language issue and not a disability but demanding the finance that comes with it, or a... (You get the drift).

The simple answer is that deaf people need support and right of access, so do disabled people and both are entitled to protection from discrimination, we really don't need the hoo-ha that is included in that. In actuality we have such laws, but not worth the paper it is printed on.  But, we have the technology! (We create yet another charity, and wheel out some worse cases for sympathy!).

It is as bad as those charities raking in money for deaf children, labelling them pretty pathetic and needy too, despite the issue is of the state removing their support, and there is no way a charity can supplement that or should be because their educational support and adult needs are already a right in Law, but there you go paper laws do not a right make and it is easier to NOT address the issue because the state will dump everything on them if they are too successful, then sods law will ensure it all goes down the pan after a year.. BSL people know full well because although the EU endorsed sign language in 2005, there is no law in education to actually enforce its use still.

All these lobbies do is create more focus groups desperate to find discrimination in everything.  Enough snowflakes to create constant avalanches.

First response (On Health/equality):   

The EU has benefitted us! they have insisted our hospitals accept the religions of different persuasions.

Another:

They always did. Drs and Nurses treat the person but not their lifestyle choices and always have, its not their job to play the role of government.  They perhaps do draw the line at some rituals taking place because it disrupts care they provide for others, that isn't discrimination.

Another:

It's a shame some patients aren't recognising what the NHS is for, it's certainly not an 'aunt sally' for the latest cause celeb or there to do what the state cannot itself i.e. enforce rules and laws properly. Any idiot (And Westminster has 600+ of them), can make a noise and create a new Law and Act on our behalf, and the EU does this 100s of times every week, the problem is they have disempowered our ability to get those laws enacted (Or they are just lip-service and enactment is left to whoever makes the most noises). 

Every issue of discrimination has to be fought on an individual basis, what is discrimination varies by the minute, and win or lose that result ONLY affects that individual, a precedent doesn't mean all in the same boat get the benefit of it. 'Each according to need is bollox', is the classic example of equality and access laws being not only totally ignored but openly challenged, is to look at the DWP (the state arm of welfare, dedicated to making people homeless, poor, and without support, even causing premature death by so doing), and rabid right-wing media, (empowered by state assaults on disabled via labelling them a drain on the 'working man' or 'frauds cheating the taxpayer' which pits able bodied against the disabled via a blame culture.

The DWP can and do ignore the law every day. Have more power at their fingertips than the Police or the armed forces.  Between #metoo and '#upyours, I think we have reached a saturation point on who gets the best legal/global deal, and the disabled must look to themselves as a group and no longer as individuals.  

Hashtags don't solve issues. This applies to deaf areas who are pitting themselves not only against discriminators of the systems but against others with hearing loss too, via language, modes, norms, cultural difference, oral use, any bloody difference... whilst the system sits back with popcorn egging them on.  

Divide and rule is as old as the hills and still works for the wrong people. Disabled are talking the talk, but unable to walk it.  The Deaf are marching backwards as fast as their limbs allow.

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