There is nothing to really like about the article, except it exposes the truth. People are intimidated into remaining silent, as the #JimmySalville unsavoury affair highlighted. People are too frightened to stand up against bullying from figures of authority. And this is reflected in the declining numbers registering to vote and low voter turn-out. Nothing much has changed, since the Norman invasion of 1066, when we Anglo-Saxon-Jutes lost our democratic rights, to be only ruled over by the robber Barons.
This week a woman not known for her timidity, admitted how a non-disabled man had used his presence and the environment to disempower her; I’m referring to Dame Anne Begg and the she interview gave to the BBC. In the Daily Record Dame Anne is quoted as saying “Iain Duncan Smith took to standing behind me during Prime Minister’s Questions. He stood at what’s called the Bar of the House and occasionally he would lean on my wheelchair…Our working relationship was slightly fraught anyway because I’d been critical of him a lot. I wanted to keep that criticism a professional criticism, not a criticism of him as a person so I never quite built up the courage to actually say: ‘Please don’t do that.’” Dame Anne also was recorded as having explaining how “she would normally reproach people who invaded her personal space but she let him off“.
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