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The Fight

I have not had a bad day at all. My parents came for lunch, and it was great to see them. We took them to the park, where we had a good old chat over some delicious cake.

My powerchair is still out of action though, so after my parents set off paul wheeled me home while Lyn went for a walk. I felt a bit down about not being able to go with her, but at least I have the entire internet to keep me occupied. I have, however, just come across something to put my 'suffering' in context: this appalls me, and I hope anyone who watches it will be too. It is a Guardian Youtube video about the treatment of people with disabilities in Bolivia. They are deprived of any dignity whatsoever, get given a pittance from the state, and are treated with absolute savagery when they protest. What the tories are doing here is bad enough, but what this film reveals is utterly inhumane. As a disabled person, my heart goes out to them, and weeps.

I am very lucky: I have a great life, a great partner and great family. While I get quite upset about what is currently happening in this country, films like this demonstrate how much worse life for people like me could be. Yet that is no reason to stop fighting and get complacent: things could easily take a nasty turn. The distance from merry chats in the park to being hauled from one's chair by riot police is smaller than one thinks; and these days it seems to be slowly shrinking.

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