“The political and media exploitation of an under-resourced NHS and the scapegoating of our Health Secretary for political gain undermines the real need for cross party work towards progress. Let’s hope that the newly formed Long-Covid Inquiry group is well intentioned. We cannot afford to take our eye off the ball when it concerns the […]
To win disabled people over, the left needs to change the rhetoric. We cannot mirror the Right’s idea of “useless eaters”. If we truly want to create a better future, we need to find a way to make a world where everyone can live happily – including those who cannot work. A few weeks ago, […]
The theme for this episode of the left political podcast Ungagged, introduced by Neil Anderson, is a quote: In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act George Orwell. Um. Possibly. And of course, this being Ungagged, our contributors have interpreted that in lots of different ways. Debra Torrance’s piece, Infectious Intolerance, […]
The Ungagged collective interpret the theme “Barricades on the Bridge of Hope” from a variety of left political perspectives.
One in Five disability rights organisation in Scotland have written to Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson. International organisations representing over 500,000 disabled people have supported the letter. Ungagged are pleased to be included. The campaigners have challenged Starbucks to invest in the research and development of a new straw that will satisfy environmentalists and disabled people. Jamie Szymkowiak […]
Pride Glasgow 2018 Saturday the 14th July Glasgow, there was a bright and colourful March in the west end today and it wasn’t an orange walk. Led by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, who accepted the grand Marshall position of the pride parade instead of meeting with a big orange balloon. Over 12,000 […]
What is your name? Jamie Szymkowiak Where do you come from? Born in Glasgow; grew up in Mississippi, Iceland, California and Sicily (military brat) before returning to Dunoon, in Argyll, when I was 13. What do you do? Disability rights activist, children’s book writer and international recruiter. What is your favourite colour? […]
So I stumbled across a twitter thread today, quite innocuous but linked to a vital and important issue. Plastic straws. Now I know we have all seen that awful video of the poor turtle with the straw up his nose, but in case you haven’t… https://youtu.be/4wH878t78bw Here at ungagged we try really hard to support […]