July, 2019 Archive
Labour needs to do far more to address issues of disability rights and the inclusion of disabled people in society, two leading disabled academics have told a fringe meeting at the party’s annual conference.Disability rights issues were marginalised at this week’s conference, with only fleeting references to the social care crisis – including a pledge to integrate the health and social care systems – and any attention focusing only on mental health, social security and jobs.But Miro Griffiths, a researcher and teacher at John Moores University, which hosted Monday’s fringe meeting, said the party needed to examine its position on disability rights and inclusion, and ask “what does it actually mean to be included in society, to be included in our communities”.He said: “It needs to be led at the top by the likes of Jeremy Corbyn, using the language and embracing the principles disabled people and their organisations have spoken of for many years.”Griffiths and Dr Paul Darke, cultural critic and director of the organisation Outside Centre, decided to hold the event because of the failure to address the issues on the conference platform and through meetings on the conference fringe.Griffiths suggested that disabled people needed organisations like Momentum, the left-wing campaign set up to build on and support Corbyn’s leadership of the party, to start “opening up and being accessible to disabled people”.And he said the party needed to listen to disabled people and their user-led organisations.Darke told Labour MP Margaret Greenwood – who attended the fringe event along with shadow disabled people’s minister Debbie Abrahams – that he believed the party should appoint between 10 and 15 disabled peers who were politically and socially aware and “whose voices cannot be ignored”.Griffiths, a former project officer for the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), said that Corbyn had the potential for “taking Labour in a new direction” and winning the support of an “untapped demographic” who have previously been non-voters “and have not been given the skills to question the marginalisation they experience”.That potential was laid out in a disability rights manifesto produced by Corbyn’s team as part of his re-election campaign, although it has not been widely circulated and is not yet Labour policy, while most of its content was ignored by the conference.Among its pledges, Corbyn’s manifesto commits to the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ensuring that the 12 pillars of independent living inform Labour policy-making, and developing an inclusive education system.Dave Allan, chair of Disability Labour – the network of disabled Labour party members – pointed out this week that issues of disability rights should be addressed more fully at next year’s conference, when Corbyn should have been able to fill all of his shadow ministerial posts, many of which had to be merged after he faced the string of resignations that led to him facing a leadership election.Because of those forced changes, there is currently no shadow minister for disabled people and no shadow minister for mental health, a new position Corbyn himself created.After the fringe event – which they called Disability, Social Justice and Control – Darke said that he and Griffiths had organised the meeting themselves because the issues were not being addressed at conference.He said: “If you work in a big company, you get disability equality training, but I bet the MPs don’t.“[They don’t understand] the political articulation of what disability is. They are almost incapable of escaping the notion of linking it to charity, and that is a real tragedy, a real problem with our progression.“It should be compulsory for MPs to a do a certain number of disability things at every conference, within the main conference and on the fringe.“It’s not necessarily the MPs’ fault, it’s why they need to be trained and educated. It is the party’s responsibility to ensure that it happens.”Griffiths said Labour “has not built on the important legacy that was being built by grassroots movements like Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)”.He said: “Jeremy has to acknowledge the failure of the Labour party in previous years to push forward with these agendas.”And he said Corbyn needed to be clear that engaging with disabled people did not mean talking to “the usual suspects” from the big disability charities, but listening to groups like DPAC and the anti-euthanasia network Not Dead Yet UK.Griffiths also called for the party to move away from the focus on vulnerability and the “tragedy” of disabled people’s lives, and instead create a foundation of human rights and social justice, allowing Corbyn to say that “this is what socialism means”.Picture: Miro Griffiths (centre) and Dr Paul Darke being interviewed by DNS editor John Pring. Photograph by Claire Darke
SAINTS have launched a brand new redesigned website in time for the 2011 Super League season. Easy to use and fully interactive it represents a significant ramping up of the club’s digital offering.The site is searchable with specific sections for News, The Club, Fixtures, Results, Lottery, Hospitality and Community. It also has a new Fanzone which features downloads, podcast and video links – including the latest Super League Touchline programme and exclusive match highlights.Finding your favourite player is also easier in the new Team section.The popular Match Centre section has been upgraded to feature minute-by-minute updates alongside team line ups and other fantastic additions.And, the club has also invested in a state-of-the-art ticketing system that will improve all fans’ interaction with their team.Through the tickets’ link, you can select your seat online for Saints matches throughout 2011 making it simple to watch your club this season.“We’ve worked hard with EMS Internet, our internet partner, and Green 4 our ticketing partner, to deliver a website that provides our fans with the information they need,” said Saints’ Media Manager Mike Appleton. “As we approach a new era with a new stadium it’s important fans can interact with the club as easily as possible and get involved in what will be an exciting time for all.“Alongside our other digital offerings – the Saints Online Store, Saints Official Facebook, Saints Official Twitter and Saints eZines – we can stretch out to a wider fan base and continue to increase the name of the Saints and Rugby League too.“We’re sure all our supporters will love our new website and will make it their first port of call throughout this season.”Make sure you bookmark this site as your first port of call for everything Saints!
SAINTS were edged 35-28 by Warrington Wolves in a real classic at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday.In a game that ebbed and flowed Saints were down and out, back in it, back out and then in it again before Lee Briers’ late drop goal.A remarkable half saw Saints losing 18-0 after just 15 minutes before producing an amazing comeback to lead 22-18.Royce Simmons’ men would’ve had feelings of deva vu as Warrington rattled up points a plenty with their first coming in the second minute through Michael Monaghan before Rhys Williams and Matt King looked like they’d put the nail in.But once James Graham crossed Saints were on fire and tries from Lee Gaskell, Jamie Foster and Tony Puletua put them in control.A truly amazing and breathtaking turnaround.In the second half, Ben Westwood put Warrington ahead as both sides struggled to complete sets then tries from Paul Wood and Brett Hodgson gave Saints another mountain to climb.It was 16 unanswered points – after 22 from Saints – and they had no answer until Tony Puletua set up a grandstand finish with his second of the night.Briers added a drop goal with five minutes to go and that was enough to scrape home.Saints welcomed back Scott Moore and Josh Perry into the 17 whilst Michael Shenton was replaced by Sia Soliola in the centres.Paul Wood returning for Warrington has they looked for their first double over that Saints since 1993/4.After last week’s defeat, Saints would have wanted to get a good pening set – but they couldn’t have got off to the worse possible start.As Lee Gaskell cleared on the last tackle, his kick was charged down and Michael Monaghan chipped ahead and grounded to put Warrington ahead.Brett Hodgson converting.Then after three penalties were given away in a row, the video referee had a long hard look at a pass that went to the ground – but was finished off by Rhys McWilliams – giving the try despite two knock ons and a forward pass.Hodgson converting once more.Saints were on the rack and it got worse moments later as Briers’ kick to the corner was put down by Matt King. The Aussie out jumping Jamie Foster to give Saints a mountain to climb.15 minutes in and 18-0 down.But a couple of minutes later James Graham finally got Saints on the board with a characteristic run.Foster tagging on the two.From the restart Saints then gained another set of six and down the right, Lomax and Wilkin combined for TP and Sia to put Gaskell in.Foster making it a six point game.And then it got even better. Saints won a penalty and made it count – James Graham ploughing in for the field position to send it left through Meli and to Foster.Six tries in 25 minutes, a fantastic advert for the sport….Saints had dominated since the 17th minute and they eventually went ahead when Lomax took an awkward pass, danced through and fed Tony Puletua to send the away support bananas.Foster making it 22-18 to cap a remarkable comeback.Half Time: Warrington 18 Saints 22Warrington started the half stronger and won a repeat set in the 45th minute before gaining a penalty right on Saints’ line.But the defence held firm and Saints won a repeat set of their own after a penalty.On 50 minutes James Roby hammered a 40:20 but the ball went to ground.It was turning into whoever could complete their sets better as both sides were failing to complete their sets.And after another penalty when they needed it – as seemed the case all night – Briers got the ball off to Westwood who drew the Wolves level.Hodgson making it 22-24.Minutes later the Wolves went ahead further and Saints were fuming. A penalty handed Warrington a set on Saints’ line and Myler put Wood in.Jamie Foster sent the ball out on the full from the restart – his kick hitting the crossbar – and Brett Hodgson scored in the corner – with a clear obstruction – to lead 34-22.Ironically, a carbon copy of that try was ruled out by the video referee in Saints 14-all draw with Bradford two weeks earlier.In fact all of Warrington’s three second half scores may have been controversial.But on the back of three penalties Saints were in it once again with TP ploughing over – Foster converting quickly.But Lee Briers added a drop goal late on to make it a seven point game and it was just enough for them to edge the clash.Match Summary:Warrington:Tries: Monaghan, Williams, King, Westwood, Wood, HodgsonGoals: Hodgson (5 from 6)Drop: BriersSaints:Tries: Graham, Gaskell, Foster, Puletua (2)Goals: Foster (4 from 5)Penalties:Warrington: 13Saints: 12HT: 22-18FT: 28-35REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 13500Teams:Warrington:1. Brett Hodgson; 3. Matt King, 4. Chris Bridge, 23. Ryan Atkins, 22. Rhys Williams; 6. Lee Briers, 7. Richie Myler; 8. Adrian Morley, 9. Michael Monaghan, 10. Gareth Carvell, 17. Simon Grix, 12. Ben Westwood, 13. Ben Harrison.Subs: 14. Mickey Higham, 16. Paul Wood, 20. Matty Blythe, 26. David Solomona.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 28. Thomas Makinson, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 7. Kyle Eastmond, 8. Josh Perry, 14. Scott Moore, 19. Andy Dixon.
TOMMY Makinson has made the case for the defence ahead of this Friday’s First Utility Super League clash with Castleford Tigers.The winger bagged his first try of the season last week and is looking for more of the same when the two sides meet at Langtree Park.“They are a great side with a fair number of strike players,” he said. “They like to give the ball some air time – and it works with good finishers, halves and forwards.“We will have to get our defence right against them and then we can move the ball. It is important for us to pick up as many points as we can.”Tommy had a disrupted pre-season due to injury but is pleased to have put that behind him with a solid performance last Friday at Hull KR.He continued: “I’m enjoying being back out there and with my teammates. It’s been good to strike up a partnership with Dominique Peyroux too.“I have been blessed over the years to play with some really good centres. Michael Shenton, Jordan Turner and Mark Percival for instance – and now I have a great one in Dominique Peyroux.“I have to be honest and say I hadn’t heard of him before he came over but that he was an NRL player and decent one at that.“He has added a lot to our team. He is strong, defends well and had a nice skillset. I’m enjoying playing for him and he can only do good things for us.”Saints take on Castleford Tigers in the fourth round of the First Utility Super League on Friday March 4 at Langtree Park.The game will kick off at 8pm.Tickets can be bought by popping into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.