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It would take 160 years for Philomena to save for a basic wheelchair. The cuts have stolen her independence.
What matters is not privilege, but what you choose to do with it.
Under austerity, charities are regularly having to substitute for government. We live in a twenty-first century Britain where poorer citizens are back to relying on handouts to live.
It’s not being a “classist gimp”, as the singer termed Labour MP Chris Bryant, to point out that inequality has played a part in how people end up in positions of power in this country.
It is very easy to arbitrarily cut benefits rather than do anything about why people might need them.
Cases like that of “Baby Gammy” or the adoptive mother who allegedly turned down a baby because it was born with a disability are welcome distractions from the bigger, deeper problems faced by parents and disabled children under austerity.
When faced with steps, it is not the need to use a wheelchair that makes the person disabled – it is the fact no one has thought to build a ramp.
The Conservative MP will stand down at the 2015 election after accepting a police caution for a common assault on his former partner earlier this year.
Faith doesn’t justify voting for inequality or taking the rights of minorities.
The crossbench peer talks to Frances Ryan about the debate surrounding the UK’s first piece of legislation to address the right-to-die, and her concerns that it will put pressure on vulnerable people to “take the next step”.
The threat of people losing their home if they rent is at its highest level in more than a decade.