Morning Star :: DR JONATHAN TAYLOR: Why I’m backing Labour | The People’s Daily

It was a pleasure to interview Dr Jonathan Taylor on behalf of The Morning Star. He puts forward some very strong arguments why he’s backing Labour.

As writers, readers, students, tutors we should all be concerned at the state of the Arts after 7 years of a Tory led coalition and Tory government, who have neglected and starved the Arts of resources. Labour has included cultural measures in their manifesto to revive the Arts, something that is missing from the Conservative manifesto (along with their costings).

I’m voting Labour, and will be proud to get out and vote. Change can happen, vote for hope.

 

Source: Morning Star :: DR JONATHAN TAYLOR: Why I’m backing Labour | The People’s Daily

The Lottery of Life…it might be YOU.

For someone reading this blog, their life is going to change. It’s a brutal fact, but disability can happen at any time, at any point in life, no matter how well off or comfortable you are. 

It happened to me. I certainly didn’t expect to be disabled. I had detailed plans up my 40th birthday. According to my plan, by now I should be a senior manager, maybe working from home with two children and a loving husband. 

 Instead at the age of 18 on a holiday before I was due to go to university, I was in an accident and it changed my life.  Not all of it was bad. Before it happened I had no knowledge of how society (if the politicians let it) can work against the disabled, and I had no idea of just what it was like to struggle.  I have that knowledge now.

Since 2010 politicians began to demonise disabled people, and the right wing media was happy to join in. You may remember George Osbourne talking about the people who get up early for work, and the ‘shirkers’ who still have the curtains closed. This was a coordinated, cynical move, they knew there would be an outcry if they attacked disabled people, without preparing the ground first.

The disabled and poor were made out to be the cause of the financial crash and our income was to be slashed because the deficit was too high.

Hopefully, nobody believes we caused a crash in the sub prime mortgage market in America.  We also now know for these past six years, the deficit has actually got higher, so even that was a sham. 

Thersea May is going in to the General Elections without confirming that she wouldn’t cut disabled benefits even further. 

 Due to that, it’s a sad fact that anyone who votes Conservative is helping to push many to their deaths. Just  google benefit deaths. They are also helping put a stranglehold on disabled people, isolating them, taking away their independence and money, with no recognition of the average £550 extra it costs each month to pay for  a disability such as accessible housing, buying equipment, and transport etc. We continue to have a target on our backs, treated with hostility and suspician, no matter that more disabled people are contributing to the economy than not.  For lots of us we feel as if we are treated like foxes, with a pack of vicious dogs waiting, drooling for the kill. 

There has been more objections to the Conservatives wanting to bring back fox hunting than the continued attacks against the disabled. Can you imagine how that makes us feel? You may be one who will experience this for yourself.
If so, I hope you survive. 

Please register to vote, you have a week left to do it. 

Blog Series on Creative Writing Courses. 

After 3 rather hectic years I’m now thinking post-dgree as in 8 weeks it will all be over. To fit in with this I’m doing a blog series on Creative Writing courses – the good, the bad, the rip offs and the inspirational. 

The aim is to create a sort-of database where potential students can read about courses, but even if that doesn’t happen I think it will be interesting hearing what has worked well and courses that perhaps you should avoid.

Do get in touch if interested in joining in. Personal, professional and promotional links (to a point) will be allowed. 

A Very Busy Few Months…

I am now in the last few months before I graduate in the summer. As such, my workload has trebled, and I am getting stressed.Why am I telling you this? Well, I’m aware of letters I haven’t started, paintings not painted, articles not written and my activity on social media  limited. 

Please bear with me, the summer will soon be here and then I will be back and hopefully in possession of my degree.  

 It was three years ago I decided to do this, and having  these years and space  to devote on Creative Writing has provided me with lots of techniques and ideas, including what will be my next book.