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Help me Boycott a Publisher!
I am disabled. I have been for several years now. And, like all of you I have suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune against me in the constant battles with society.
I honestly thought I had seen and heard it all until two days ago when someone showed me an article that had been published in one of the UKs biggest hobbyist magazines, Car Mechanics.
The magazine is aimed, strangely enough, at DIY mechanics and hobby mechanics. It is published monthly. In the magazine there is a section called "Dealers Diary", written by [removed by moderator]. [removed by moderator] has never been a fan of the Motability Scheme but when you read what he has written this month I think you might just agree that he hasn't just crossed a boundary, he's driven a huge truck through it!
On Page 48 of the May 2019 edition he writes the following, under a heading entitled "Dishing the Dirt":
"You really need to attend a large sale of returned, aged Motability cars just to see what feral people are capable of when given a free car..........it's jaw-dropping to see never mind smell".
Firstly, [removed by moderator] is perpetuating the myth that Motability cars are given out free of charge. This is, of course incorrect, but by stating this in writing in a popular publication I believe he is encouraging or inciting, anger and resentment towards disabled people.
There is then the matter of the language used in the article. Isn't it totally unacceptable to call a group of people "Feral", especially when their issues may not be any fault of their own?
The author clearly fails to take into account that some disabled people may have issues with bodily functions, for example, continence. Again, it would be my contention that by displaying this level of ignorance in print he is being discriminatory. Imagine, for example, if he beseeched readers to avoid all second-hand cars previously owned by Asians "because they smelt of curry"? I hasten to add that is not what I am saying, I am merely presenting an example.
Further, in the article, he writes the following "One dealer amused the Hell out of us...." and then describes a car that required a full replacement interior due to the smell, but further states that when the registration document arrived the dealer recognised the owner's location and contacted them about the smell!
I shall leave aside the small matter of Data Protection breaches hinted there, and focus instead on the fact that [removed by moderator] has written that his friends, colleagues, acquaintances found disability amusing in no small measure and that by writing this he is encouraging other dealers to do the same! Luckily the new V5C doesn't list previous owners, but be aware!
I am astonished that the editor of this magazine, allowed such an article to be published, never mind continued to employ such a writer.
I would have thought that in the 21st Century, views on Disability may have been slightly more enlightened, sadly it appears not and that this writer, and by association, the editor, magazine publisher and the CEO, all derive humour from disability and are happy to publish these views and, by suggesting that Motability cars are free of charge, encourage animosity towards disabled people.
I am hoping that both never work in any form of journalism again. In fact, I'd go further, in my previous occupations to serve and protect the public of this country, if I had made such a scurrilous statement I would have been dismissed *without* my pension! And I believe strongly that the editor, should be treated in the same manner. This wasn't just a mistake, this was Gross Negligence.
I would welcome your support from the community here, as I intend to help my friends, cancelling any and all subscriptions with Great Magazines Plc, writing to the CEO of the group.