Today, the government published its response to its own green paper “No Voice Unheard etc etc e-bloody-tc”. The original paper was driven by Norman Lamb in those heady days of coalition government but released from their shackles, the Tories can put their own mark on it. The writing has been on the wall the past two weeks, when two Tory MPs (including Alistair Burt, Norm’s successor) talked out two private members bills, meaning both bills are dead.
So here are just a few random thoughts about today’s response. I’d better warn you that I’m writing this in a hotel room in Derby and I’m on my third pint of Guiness”
- It’s crap.
- It seems entirely focused on either stalling (or Burting) or issuing more endless guidance.
- As an exercise in hearing Unheard voices, it is lamentable.
- It ignores the premise of the green paper of strengthening disabled peoples’ legal rights.
- It perpetuates the idea that autism and mental health go hand in hand.
- It is a self serving, self important document assembled by self serving, self important people.
- It proposes more reflection and consultation instead of action.
- It treats learning disabled people and their families with utter contempt.
But apart from that……
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