Archive for August, 2008

Disability Hate Crime

Monday, August 25th, 2008

I am a trustee of a charity for people with learning difficulties, and it was with shock and sadness that I listened to the Radio 4 programme "The Hidden Crime of Hate". The shock was of the graphic details of how some people with disabilities (not exclusively learning difficulties) ...

Rwanda

Monday, August 25th, 2008

I have just returned from a fortnight volunteering in Rwanda. All the clichés are true; even only two weeks in that extraordinary country has an enormous effect – indeed those of us on the trip were left wondering whether we were affected more than the work we did affected others. ...

Olympics

Monday, August 25th, 2008

I have previously expressed my views on the success of the London bid for 2012, and my frustrations at the shenanigans involved since – especially Ken Livingstone's pride in hoodwinking government to ensure he got the funding for London. With my North Dorset hat on, I sometimes get parochial about ...

Margaret Thatcher

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Politics really can be distasteful. As stories surface of Margaret Thatcher's struggle with mental health – and mental health issues are arguably the greatest health issue in the UK at the moment – the SNP and Labour are squabbling over who can distance themselves from her the most. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7576801.stm It ...