Atos sponsoring the Paralympics when its benefit tests are a sick joke is an insult to disabled people
Heroes: Tommie Smith and John Carlos with raised fist salutes
Is it too much to hope that a British medal winner emulates American heroes Tommie Smith and John Carlos with a raised fist salute at the London 2012 Paralympic Games? Probably.
The black power salute of the US athletes in Mexico 44 years ago was a magnificent stand against human rights abuses, a protest against poverty and the abuse of black Americans as second-class citizens.
Here in Britain the David Cameron who will quite rightly hail Paralympian champions is also the David Cameron who makes disabled people the fall guys for his failed agenda of austerity recession economics.
If hypocrisy was a London 2012 sport, the Prime Minister would win gold.
People are dying after being passed fit to work in a benefit crackdown that stigmatises the ill and disabled.
Alice Maynard, chair of the charity Scope, tells of people shouting “scrounger” at disabled people in the street.
The abuse is getting worse, with two-thirds telling the group they’ve endured taunts, hostility or outright aggression.
Only about 0.5% of disability living allowance claims are found to be fraudulent when checked.
More in benefits is unclaimed than cheated.
The rich avoid paying far more in tax than is wrongly paid in welfare, yet the “scrounger” rhetoric against claimants creates a poisonous atmosphere.
Maynard revealed that one man who could hardly stand was shopped by one of his neighbours to a fraud hotline.
Something has gone badly wrong when people see somebody disabled and, instead of asking if they can help, wonder if they’re on the fiddle.
The Government’s war on the disability living allowance will deprive 90,000 citizens of their freedom to get to work and out and about.
French welfare attack dog Atos sponsoring the Paralympics when its benefit tests are a sick joke is an insult to disabled people.
If he has any shame, Cameron will reflect on what he’s doing then offer a fair deal.
Most athletes would think it inappropriate to protest on a podium.
Some, including gold medal-winning swimmer Tara Flood, joined demonstrations over the past few days.
Yet even the remotest possibility of a protest will have ministers biting their lips. Good.
Because what the Government is doing to the disabled is cruel, and deserving of the widest condemnation.