This week there has been a lot of talk about David Cameron using the memory of his late son Ivan as a political advantage, Samantha Cameron gave an interview with the Telegraph this week about Ivan and how it brought David close to breaking point.
This has brought about a lot of debate on Twitter, many people are outraged at Cameron and the timing of this interview, after all the cuts that have hit disabled people have been because of him and his coalition government.
Samantha was quoted as saying “It changes your life for ever. It’s tough, lonely and isolating initially. You’re living in a completely different world to your friends who’ve had babies at the same time. You’re suddenly in this weird world of doctors and social services.”
Disability is tough, lonely and isolating and when the media have been used to label disabled people who are on benefits as lazy and scroungers then it’s even more isolating.
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This interview with The Telegraph is exactly why I get so angry at Cameron, how can a man who has cared for his disabled child and who therefore knows how it feels, who understands the stress and the upset that disability brings care so little about disabled people?. He even claimed Disability living allowance for Ivan, although I doubt they had the wait that most people faced, so why did he allow this Disability benefit to be scrapped and replaced with PiP causing many disabled people to fail the new criteria and in some cases be left without their motability car and therefore lose their independence.
I certainly have no doubt the Cameron family had a rough time, disability is tough mentally and physically and I believe it’s harder on our loved ones who care for us, when Ivan died in 2009 aged six it must have felt like their world had been torn apart but I can’t help but wonder why they decided to tell the story now?
It can surely only be for one reason!