Category: Editor’s Blog

Assisted dying, Lord Falconer the comeback

Assisted dying, Lord Falconer the comeback

Why, asks Ian Macrae, is Lord Falconer so persistent in his attempts to change the law on assisted suicide? It was once reported that the final words of Richard Nixon’s mother to the former president were, “Richard, don’t you ever give up.” Others contended that what she actually said was, "Richard! Don’t you ever give … Continue reading Assisted dying, Lord Falconer the comeback

ESA threat proves continuing punitive cutting agenda

ESA threat proves continuing punitive cutting agenda

As it emerges that the Government may be planning to radically reduce employment and support allowance payments, Ian Macrae says that there are many reasons why this is bad for disabled people. The BBC Social Affairs Corespondent Michael Buchanan reports the existence of Government proposals to radically cut Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Apparently DWP … Continue reading ESA threat proves continuing punitive cutting agenda

Losers in the Tories’ cynical game

Reflecting on actions announced at the recent Conservative party conference, Ian Macrae says that Tories are attacking the underclass their predecessors created. Being on Tyneside during the 1980s was not necessarily unremittingly depressing or grim. But it was a time and place from which lessons can and should be drawn. The demise - some would … Continue reading Losers in the Tories’ cynical game

Mayor Martin, “Mongols” and the Swindon question

Following the resignation of Nick Martin as Mayor of Swindon over his offensive views, Ian Macrae looks behind the outrage at a deeper menace. The now former Mayor of Swindon has rightly been flamed in the press, by charities and on social media for the ill-chosen, ignorant disabilist comment which ultimately resulted in his resignation … Continue reading Mayor Martin, “Mongols” and the Swindon question