Posts by WaterDragon

  • Access: A short disability history of…,

    Thanks for that clarification Hilary. I was sure I'd seen your writing on this before. Was it here or elsewhere for those who might wish to explore further?

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud,

    As I watch the somewhat predictable cries of "pay it back now" from those with too much moral outrage on their hands, I keep thinking that they really have no idea. How exactly is this magical mythical amount to be instantly calculated?
    It is far more likely that the presence of occasional flatmates would result in a diminution of the weekly benefit, not a total loss of benefit. So there would still have been some entitlement. Now W&I systems are mind-bogglingly Byzantine, and they have complex mathematical formulae to apply to virtually everything- accommodation supplement springs to mind as one of their more straightforward examples.
    There would be all sorts of complex calculations to be made, then probably challenged at benefit review, as not every W&I operative gets things absolutely right, and the amount owed as calculated by them could well require adjustment and possibly re-re adjustment.
    Meteria Turei is sensible to await what the functionaries of W&I have to say about amounts. If they do come up with a figure, she will do many other beneficiaries a favour if she has some of the excellent benefit advocates to check out their determinations, and perhaps challenges it. It will encourage others to hold them to account.

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    Wheels falling off the trolley now and no mistake. Bill is casting him adrift and Checkpoint is onto the scent. Loud sound of doo-doos hitting wotsits

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    Disgraceful double-Dipton.

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  • Hard News: Fred,

    Thank you for this Russell. Its so so good to hear and give honour to the many generosities of spirit that were in your story: not just Fred but all of those others too. When the story "sings" for me, as this did, is special.

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  • Access: A touching story,

    Big humungous sigh of exasperation. "They didn't think it through" does not even begin to cover it.

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  • Access: Disability and International…,

    Super and eloquent post.
    That story of fruitlessly seeking employment is SO the experience of so many disabled women. It is a collective shame for all of the employers/ people on interview panels/recruitment consultants who continue to shut talented and keen disabled women out. It is their responsibility that they discriminate, but that doesn't take away from the way we experience the toxicity of what they do.

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  • Access: #DisabledAndCute,

    Gotta say although I know the context for #disabledandcute and am pretty supportive of what it means for us as disabled people, I just find it SO difficult to get past that "cute" word. Too infantilising for my comfort.

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  • Access: Murder – it’s not OK.,

    Nice piece Hilary.
    To add to what you pointed out about disabled people across the whole range of impairment being at greatly increased risk, the NZ post-census Disability Survey points out that most disabled people have two or more impairments, and one disabled person in 3 has unmet health needs- which means that many disabled people don't get support services, or pretty inadequate amounts of it. International research about disability, violence and abuse shows a complex mix of invisibility, insufficient inadequate services, denial of basic human rights and attitudinal black holes.
    This isn't just about services though, it's as much about how this always runs in the media,(breathless paeans about 'mercy killings) or in the courts where judges and lawyers strut their inimical stuff . Both frankly are revolting and crappy.Ruby Knox's killing (see, I choose to name the victim, not the killer) and the killings of all those other disabled people deserve better than simply focussing on service provision though totes agree it's important too.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    post-truth. But Trumpenproletariat has legs too

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