Citizen Comment: PM's actions must now match his words
WHEN David Cameron addressed the Conservative Party conference, the reference he made to his son and the Paralympics appeared heartfelt and genuine.
Our Paralympians made a nation proud, and took their sports to a new level.
It also took many of our perceptions of disability to a new place, a place where we see only the person – not the disability. And we doubt there was a dry eye in most households during the Games.
So for a politician, and a father of a little boy who feared people "only saw the wheelchair", to tap into that emotion is perfectly understandable.
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But the words have to match the reality. And at the National Star College, there are deep concerns that Mr Cameron's words aren't matching the reality.
Today, National Star College principal Kathryn Rudd says changes to the way funding is allocated could mean further education for young people with disabilities becomes a postcode lottery.
A society can be judged by how it treats those most in need, and young people with disabilities should have the freedom to choose what is best for them.
The cruelty meted out to the birds of prey before being taken into the care of experts in Gloucester beggars belief.
The man who was supposed to be caring for them was doing exactly the opposite. The Barn Owl Centre deserves great credit for bringing these magnificent creatures back to good health.
Many happy returns to centenarian Rose Smith, who celebrated her big day with four generations of her family around her.
We raise a glass to Rose and wish her many more.