Author: mike oliver

Choice and control and the dangers of the free market

Choice and control and the dangers of the free market

The choice and control agenda which promoted independent living, has given way to a system where profits rather than rights take precedence, says Mike Oliver. "Let them buy Lamborghinis." Of all the recent budget headlines, this was the one that caught my attention because it had a familiar ring to it. Not for the first … Continue reading Choice and control and the dangers of the free market

Voting and the election dilemma

Voting and the election dilemma

With the next election less than 12 months away, Mike Oliver wonders if the disabled vote can ever achieve positive change. Shortly after the current government was elected in 2010 I posed a number of questions in my Disability Now column. Would the government succeed in cutting public expenditure? Would disabled people's living standards be … Continue reading Voting and the election dilemma

Employment strategy: same old story

Employment strategy: same old story

The Government's latest employment strategy to reduce the unemployment rate among disabled people is destined to fail because it repeats mistakes of the past, says Mike Oliver. The Government has recently published its new disability employment strategy which calls for a more personalised approach to the issue of getting disabled people back into work. Many … Continue reading Employment strategy: same old story

The social model: a victim of criticism

The social model of disability has been criticised for failing to take account of individual impairments. Those critics are partly to blame for eroding its strength and reducing disabled people to the status of tragic victims says Mike Oliver, who developed the concept. I appeared on The Download recently to talk about the background to … Continue reading The social model: a victim of criticism