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BBC Documentaries Next Week on the History and Prejudice against the Disabled

January 14, 2021

Next week the Beeb is showing two programmes, one on the history of disabled people and the other on the prejudice, discrimination and cruelty they experience. The first of these programmes is Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain, on BBC 2 on Tuesday, 19th January 2021, at 9.00 pm. The blurb for it on page 88 of the Radio Times runs

Writer, actor and presenter Cerrie Burnell tells the story of how disabled people have had to fight back following more than 100 years of being shut out of society, denied basic human rights and treated with fear and prejudice. The former CBeebies host, who was born without the lower part of her right arm, discovers how modern attitudes to disabled people were formed in Victorian Britain’s workhouses, and hears stories from the brave pioneers who have changed the lives of those affected forever.

There’s a bit more about the programme by Alison Graham on page 86:

Cerrie Burnell, who was born without the lower part of her right arm, reads from a newspaper story about parents’ complaints when she became a CBeebies presenter in 2009. She was, apparently, “scaring children” and will always be remembered as “the woman with one arm”.

Burnell carries that quiet anger throughout this powerful film looking at society’s treatment of disabled people throughout history.

It’s a litany of casual cruelty, misguided “kindness” and downright wickedness, as men, women and children were put, out of sight and often for decades, in institutions.

The following day, Wednesday 20th January 2021, there’s Targeted: the Truth about Disability Hate Crime, on the same channel, BBC 2, also at 9.00 pm. The blurb for this in the Radio Times on page 98. runs

Testimony from a handful of the nation’s 14 million disabled people reveals just how tough it is to live with a disability in 21st century Britain. Among those telling their stories are Hannah, a young mixed-race woman who has cerebral palsy and is clear about the fact that it is her disability, not her skin colour, that provokes discrimination. Andrea, who has dwarfism, says she is routinely treated with contempt and reveals how she was left with a fractured skull and being kicked in the head. Dan, who has autism and just wants to fit in, finds himself a social outcast and now suffers from severe depression having fallen prey to random violent attacks.

Radio 4 has also been running a ten part series on the history of the disabled for several weeks now, Disability: A New History. The 5th instalment, which is on next Sunday, 17th January 2021 at 2.45 pm, is entitled ‘Finding a Voice’. The blurb for it says

‘Peter White highlights the work of William Hay, an 18th-century MP born with spinal curvature.’

I’m mentioning these programmes, especially that on hate crime, because the Tories and New Labour have both been determined to demonise disabled people and find ways to throw them off benefits. The work capability examinations, devised in conjunction with American insurance fraudster Unum, are based on the assumption that a particular percentage of claims for disability are fake and that those making the claim are malingering. This has seen jobcentres falsify the evidence given by claimants in order to fulfil the number of claimants they are required to deny benefits. As for the violence experienced by the disabled, a friend of mine told me he had been abused several times while out with his wife, who had to use a wheelchair. He blamed one of the characters on Little Britain for the rise in prejudice. This was the disabled character, who gets up from his wheelchair to run around when his carer leaves him. I’m no fan of Little Britain, but I think a far greater cause of prejudice and hostility is the Tory. This consistently vilifies the disabled and other benefit claimants as scroungers and malingers, to the extent that the British public think 27 per cent of all claims for benefit are fraudulent, while the true figure is less than one per cent. Mike over at Vox Political has put up very many posts covering this topic, as well as the numerous deaths of people with severe disabilities, who were wrongfully and grotesquely thrown off the benefits they needed to survive. I hope this will also be covered in the documentaries. But as it’s the Beeb, it probably won’t.

15 Year Old Girl Stands Up to National Action Stormtrooper In Bath

May 11, 2016

I briefly caught a snippet about this on the local news programme for the Bristol area on the Beeb, Points West. The video was posted on Youtube by the girl’s mothers, Sharon Forbes. It show her daughter, Savannah, tackling a speaker from National Action, who clearly says he’s in favour of an all-White Britain. Sharon Forbes then says that her daughter’s mixed-race, and so what would he and his party do with her? Deport her? The Nazi doesn’t have an answer, except to say, ‘She looks White to me?’ He then claims that Britain has always been a White country, to which Forbes says, ‘No.’ Eventually, the youthful Fascist retreats, and the girl and her mother are clapped and applauded by the crowd.

The Youtube video was put up four days ago, but it’s taken this time for the incident to make it on to the local news. I caught a glimpse of the interview, in which the girl and her mother stated that they didn’t care what was being said about them on the internet, it wouldn’t stop them doing what they had done. A spokeswoman for one of the local anti-racism organisations also said that where people challenge racists, even if they don’t necessarily win, racism goes down.

As for National Action, this was founded as the ‘youth’ wing of the BNP. It’s members have turned up at Nazi rallies recently in Blackpool, Liverpool and other towns that could do without their presence. One of the group’s leading members, Jack Renshaw, appeared recently in the pages of Hope Not Hate, who had obtained the text of a speech he gave in February at a meeting of similar Rightists, ranting about how the current state of Britain was all the fault of the Jews, and stating that when Nazis like National Action gain power, they would be ‘irradiated’. This clearly constitutes hate speech within the meaning of the act, your honours, and Hope Not Hate have said they’ve pass their information on to the rozzers. National Action are genuine Nazis and anti-Semites, and it’s great that this one was tackled and humiliated in Bath.

Renshaw St George

Jack Renshaw of National Action: Wants to start another Holocaust.