I am extremely disappointed and disheartened to find practically no coverage of he Hardest Hit March in the national newspapers today. Whilst the Guardian has been covering it, the other newspapers, tabloid and broadsheet, have done barely anything. Even the The Times, in which Melanie Reid writes a column for them on the aftermath of a paralysing riding accident, has ignored it today.
As one of my Twitter followers commented yesterday, tongue firmly in cheek, “Guess 2nd class citizens only deserve 2nd class coverage.”
What does it say about us as a society that we think it acceptable to withdraw support from the weakest members of our society, those who often don’t have a voice? It reflects our society’s obsession with self, with ‘it’s not my problem mate’. Most of us WILL fall sick, maybe very sick at some point in our life. It behoves us all to think about how WE would feel in this situation.
So here are some of the photos I took yesterday. The march was short – from just before Portcullis House on the Embankment to just beyond Parliament – short to you and me, an eternity if you are propelling your twisted body on sticks.
The march was fantastic, an enormous turnout with a cross section of society that you never normally see mucking in together. We were a little late, but when many of your protesters are severely disabled it’s no matter to catch them up: we looked for the bright orange of The MS Society and march with them, shouting ourselves hoarse along the route.
Here’s a very short video I shot: Please look & listen.