Cynicism and Stupidity

8 Apr
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Two news items caught my eye yesterday.

This one in the Johannesburg Star:

In an emotional appeal, ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has urged hundreds of supporters to vote for the ruling party in the coming local government elections to prevent an ailing Nelson Mandela’s condition from deteriorating.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a more cynical attempt to obtain votes.  I can’t imagine Mr Mandela likes what is being done in his name.

This one in the Stockport Express:

A new disability assessment centre has come under fire – because of poor disabled access.  Atos House will be used to assess around 9,000 people claiming incapacity benefits in Stockport.  But there are no blue badge spaces outside as the centre is on a paved, pedestrianised route.  This leaves visitors with a walk of at least 200 yards to get to the Deanery Way building – a journey one disability group claims will be ‘impossible’ for some.

So those being assessed to see if they are fit to work despite being disabled, will not be able to make their appointments because there is no disabled access, and will therefore be classed as fit for work in absentia.

You couldn’t make it up.

24 Responses to “Cynicism and Stupidity”

  1. sarsm April 8, 2011 at 11:54 #

    Sometimes you read something and all you can do is shake your head!!!


  2. Cindy April 8, 2011 at 12:11 #

    Malema is a very dangerous joke.


    • Tilly Bud April 8, 2011 at 14:59 #

      Frightening. And President Zuma is even scarier.


  3. vivinfrance April 8, 2011 at 13:09 #

    I can’t click ‘like’ for these – they both made ne angry, but that’s not your fault!


    • Tilly Bud April 8, 2011 at 14:59 #

      Don’t you wish there was a dislike button?


  4. kiwidutch April 8, 2011 at 14:12 #

    Bureaucracy at it’s worst.
    The disabled are damned if they do and damned if they don’t, someone needs to make a law that such nonsense becomes illegal.
    Even sporting a temporary injury I an having difficulty to do 100 meters right now, I completely understand the absurdity of requiring people to be somewhere where access is effectively denied.
    Reminds me of the sign that is labeled “wheelchair access” but the arrow points down a flight of stairs.
    The same four letter word to that applies here: FAIL.


    • Tilly Bud April 8, 2011 at 15:00 #

      It’s shocking how the disabled are treated.


  5. earlybird April 8, 2011 at 14:14 #



  6. Mike Patrick April 8, 2011 at 14:57 #

    The creation of a physical oxymoron: You can’t get here? Come on in.


  7. kateshrewsday April 8, 2011 at 15:16 #

    There are no laws to stop people in key positions being really, really stupid, more’s the pity, Tilly…


    • Tilly Bud April 10, 2011 at 13:12 #

      Quite the opposite: seems like it’s a requirement…


  8. slpmartin April 8, 2011 at 17:38 #

    The logic around the parking issue was most likely put together by a government committee.;-(


  9. granny1947 April 8, 2011 at 19:59 #

    Malema’s remark was almost as dumb as the Zuma saying if people vote ANC they are guaranteed a place in heaven!!!!


  10. nrhatch April 8, 2011 at 20:35 #

    This post is a real head-shaker, Tilly. Stupidity x 2.


  11. viewfromtheside April 9, 2011 at 05:28 #

    it would take a Terry Pratchett or similar mind to imagine it (at least his would make us smil)

    obviously this was pkanned by the able-bodied


  12. Piglet in Portugal April 10, 2011 at 20:26 #

    I have a daily rant about UK news 🙂


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