Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People
In austerity Britain, disabled people have become the favourite target. From social care to the benefits system, politicians and media alike have made the case Britain's 12 million disabled people are a drain on the public purse. In Crippled, leading commentator Frances Ryan exposes the disturbing reality, telling the story of those most affected by this devastating regime...more
This fact based book of testimony and savage treatment is hard to read but you will be thankful you did.
A huge amount of data and storytelling, I wished the editors had helped structure the book in a way that created more of a potential outcome or series of answers to the crisis.
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An excellent introduction to the topic and something I’d like to read more about in future.
Crippled: Austerity and the Demonisation of Disabled People by Frances Ryan – review This damning insight into the state’s callous treatment of disabled people calls for a new ‘solidarity politics’ ...more
Ryan does a really good job of both showing the suffering of disabled lives under austerity without reducing it to anything inherent or tragic in disability itself: at each step she shows the structural character of material deprivation under austerity and the surreal necropolitical cruelty of it.
The ironic title "Crippled" begs the question: who is doing the "crippling"? (hint, its the Tories and also labour fuck you all)
One star however removed for the Guardian op ed writing style ! ...more
David’s story is just one of the many France Ryan collates in her important book, Crippled. With plentiful case studies and alarming statistics, she presents a compelling case that the ‘austerity regime’ of th ...more
Detailed and empathetic journalism, chronicling the ways in which austerity politics have driven disabled people into fear, anxiety and destitution.
I do think the book would have benefitted from a deeper understanding of neoconservative politics. Frances Ryan repeatedly describes a 'deliberate' war on disabled people, conjuring up some nefarious plot to deny human rights. I think the reality lies closer to simple callousness.
Leaving disabled peop ...more
Because disabled and mentally ill people dont come into the equation for the UK public. They are there to be scape-goated and punished by draconian government policies , voted in by a public who at best ignores them but many hate them and support the policies brought in by the Tory & Lib-Dem coalition. And lets not forget the tests ...more
Impossible to re ...more