In a blog post linking to Scrapbook’s viral story from yesterday, the Daily Telegraph’s James Delingpole has waded into the “pretend disabled” debate — siding with, erm, Rod Liddle and adding an attack on charities for good measure.
Despite his admission that he “recently suffered from an ME-like illness”, Delingpole agrees with Liddle’s sickening rant, singling out the disabled as “one of the reasons we’re in the financial mess we’re in”, neglecting to mention the contribution of the banks on a day when the boss of RBS was given a £900k bonus.
Delingpole misses the point and the reason that Liddle’s article caused such upset- namely the characterisation of ME and fibromyalgia as non-illnesses. Instead, the target of his ire include disabled charities, which he calls a:
“specialist lobby group which considers it its bounden duty to screw the economy for as much as it possibly can.”
Would Delingpole have welcomed Liddle’s bedside manner when he was unwell?