29 August 2012 – London The London Paralympics went mainstream. At least in Britain. Continued enthusiasm following the successful Summer Olympics, combined with a concerted effort by Channel 4 to promote the games, led to a focus on disability sport like never before. Related Posts#PostConsensusBritain (12 Sep 2016) Agenda (2 Sep 2016) Yes, we probably Read More
25 July 2010 – The Internet… Sensitive documents have always been leaked. Sometimes these come from “whistle blowers”, unhappy at the way institutions or government departments have acted. Sometimes these can be deliberately managed by institutions to try to control the media narrative or support their cause. Social media and mass use of the internet, Read More
11 September 2001 – New York, Arlington, VA, Shanksville, PA The terrorist attacks on “9/11” were horrific. The sheer scale of the damage, the cultural significance of the targets, and the fact that this exposed the vulnerability of “the most powerful nation on Earth” made most of the Western world uneasy. Whatever the geopolitical position Read More
13 May 1988 – Geneva Poliomyelitis is, sadly, still with us. But since 1988, global action on the disease has reduced the number of cases from an estimated 350,000 to just 445 in 2013.1 This is pretty remarkable for a disease that only reached epidemic proportions in the twentieth century, and with a vaccine that Read More
29 May 1987 – Los Angeles I grew up with Star Trek. Between 1987 and 2005, a new series1 of the franchise aired on US television, and so I watched quite a bit of it during my primary and secondary school education. Despite its status as a science fiction classic (and the general reputation of Read More
On 19th September, I gave a talk as part of the LSHTM Archives and Library‘s Improving Health in Wartime exhibition. This was a joint seminar with the Centre for History in Public Health, and the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.
“The Civilian Disabled”: War and its role in the disability rights movement
What men think and believe attainable, is to be attained. A brave man, now blind, said to us the other day: ‘The world’s attitude to the blind, and the blind man’s attitude to himself, has hitherto been formed by the whine of the blind beggar, which by the way meant so many more pennies in the blind man’s cap. We know better nowadays. The blind man can be useful — and happy.’ If he can be, so can the rest of the disabled.
John Galsworthy, Reveille: Devoted to the Disabled Sailor & Soldier, 1 (August 1918), 5.
The Spartacus group, which produced Responsible Reform, has just published its latest report on the Employment and Support Allowance. Beyond the Barriers has taken evidence from around Europe, the results of the government’s own enquiries and some primary research of its own to produce a highly critical report. It suggests alternatives to the controversial Work Read More
A few weeks ago, I came across a statement from a disability organisation, furious about cuts to the Independent Living Fund. The Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) coalition appears to have gained quite a lot of traction in recent years through social media. But its tone has always worried and fascinated me in equal Read More