Karma delayed?

A N Wilson's extraordinary outburst against the disabled (Diary, 5 February) demonstrates ignorance and insensitivity in equal measure. Glenn Hoddle wasn't sacked because of "the power of the disabled lobby being vindictively used". Spokesmen for various disabled organisations were critical - in quite moderate terms - but Tony Blair and, more particularly, Tony Banks were far more outspoken.

Hoddle was a role model for young people, including young disabled people, and he was sacked because the view he expressed showed contempt for the disabled that no amount of charitable work could offset. It is hard to imagine anything more patronising than helping people even though you think they are the crippled result of some sin from the past.

I didn't become disabled until near retirement, so I don't know where that puts me in Hoddle's scheme of things. Did the karma man not find out about my sin for 58 years?

David Spaull, Secretary
Crawley Town Access Group, West Sussex

This article first appeared in the 12 February 1999 issue of the New Statesman, Kick out the image-makers