via Traditional Britain Group
Those of us who read The Spectator,
would have seen Simon Barnes’ heartfelt piece on how Political
Correctness has benefited him and his son. Barnes’ son has Downs
Syndrome. The kernel of the argument he puts forward is that the
sensitivity of language ushered in by PC has indeed helped us understand
words which once described Downs could, in fact, be seen as hurtful.
readers might have noted I used the phrase ‘has down syndrome’ rather
than ‘suffers from…’. I have cerebral palsy. Do I suffer from it? As I
was born with it, it is part of me. It does not define me. My
understanding of, and debt to, Western Christian civilization is far
I must admit that, in my younger days, I did flirt
with notions of equality but even then I knew any ‘rights’ given to me
came with a personal responsibility on my part to use these rights
Is Rights the right word?
Anybody who knows me tells
me I have a hell of a lot of determination. I only walked at seven. My
A-levels were completed on a typewriter with me writing 7 words a
minute. These are all facts. Yes my life has improved with some
accomodations. Extra time at college exams, the odd ramp here and
there. The patient human as I type out what I need in a shop etc.
of these accommodations are not about prescriptive egalitarian laws.
They are about common sense. They are about the Great British trait:
Fair Play. Our knowledge of disability has grown. We have friends or
family. We have our wounded Heroes.
This vision of ‘Fair Play’ may
not go down well in the disability rights lobby. Rightly or wrongly, it
is dominated by leftist ideals. They wish to seek out people to ‘blame’
for lack of access. They handcuff themselves to buses making common
criminals of themselves. They seek to persuade other disabled people
that they have common ground with numerous races who view disability as
akin to Satanism!
The hard left has a miserly record. Ironically
the Americans with Disability Act was enacted by Bush Snr. And I think
Lady Thatcher’s government enacted interesting laws in 1987.
is the first time I have written anything as a Traditionalist who
happens to be disabled. One hopes my words begins a conversation.