On the 26th January you probably heard that Rod Liddle, a journalist from The Sun Newspaper wrote this article about the disabled as “pretend” and he quoted the following
“My New Year’s resolution for 2012 was to become disabled. Nothing too serious, maybe just a bit of a bad back or one of those newly invented illnesses which make you a bit peaky for decades – fibromyalgia, or M.E.”
“And being disabled is incredibly fashionable. The number of people who claim to be disabled has doubled in the past ten years.”
“I think we should all pretend to be disabled for a month or so, claim benefits and hope this persuades the authorities to sort out the mess.”
“It has become easier to claim those benefits, partly as a consequence of the disablement charities who, out of their own self-interest, insist that an ever-greater proportion of the population is disabled.”
This case also reminds me of Ricky Gervais attack on M.E in which during one of comedy shows he attacks people with this debilitating condition saying it’s the “I don’t want to go work today, I’ll phone in and say I have M.E. He gives the illusion that people with M.E don’t want to go work, they want to sit at home watching day time tv. But this certainly not the case, people with M.E want to work, go to school/college/uni etc and are driven and motivated. But in some cases are often to exhausted and ill to get out of bed.
Here is the youtube clip and someone with M.E explaining what it really is.