Some thoughts about words and discrimination: ‘parked’ and ‘vulnerability’

Politics and Insights

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You can often tell such a lot about people’s views and sometimes, their intentions, by the words and phrases they use. The description of  disabled people as being “parked” on benefits (and told/under the impression they will never work again”) is a turn of phrase I loathe. It’s a mantra that’s gained a PR crib sheet resonance from George Osborne, Iain Duncan Smith to Stephen Crabb and Damian Green. To extend the metaphor, parking is subject to the availability of aparking space; permission;  to regulations and laws;parkingtickets and fines;parking attendants and traffic wardens to police and ensure compliance.

Disability and sickness are compared with the inconvenient abandonment of a vehicle in the middle of a very busy market place. Or the informal plonking and installing of oneself on a blatant sofa or bed, behind outrageously closed curtains in the middle of a busy viral…

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