Comments for Doug Paulley's blog https://www.kingqueen.org.uk disability, data protection, activism and other such Wed, 24 Jan 2018 23:45:45 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Comment on DART – the Disability Attitude Re-adjustment Tool by Deaf and disabled people – taking legal cases, some facts. – Adjusting Attitudes https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/dart/comment-page-1/#comment-154122 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 23:45:45 +0000 https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/?p=342#comment-154122 […] nicely for an adjustment or raised the complaint about discrimination many many times. There are limited resources explaining how to make a proper complaint and take legal action. Disabled people have often provided “free awareness training” about our specific […]

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Comment on No, Bns Williams, the Equality Act doesn’t work for me. by Harry Wright https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/no-bns-williams-the-equality-act-doesnt-work-for-me/comment-page-1/#comment-154121 Sun, 26 Nov 2017 05:18:02 +0000 https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/?p=1597#comment-154121 You’re spot on Doug. In many ways, you are not a “typical disabled person”. You are knowledgeable, articulate and are not put-off by perceived barriers. Most people give up because they are frightened off by legal sounding letters, or being expected to jump through multiple hoops. For many, the stamina required both physical and mental is too much for them. As for Baroness Williams, I suggest she reads thoroughly what you have gone through and also recognises that it would be good manners to at least inform you if she intends to use your name again.

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Comment on Step free or not step free: what is the question? by Doug Paulley https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/step-free-or-not-step-free-what-is-the-question/comment-page-1/#comment-154120 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:34:03 +0000 https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/?p=1564#comment-154120 Couldn’t agree more, Harry.

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Comment on Step free or not step free: what is the question? by Harry Wright https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/step-free-or-not-step-free-what-is-the-question/comment-page-1/#comment-154119 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:17:17 +0000 https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/?p=1564#comment-154119 Doug, this was a major topic back in 1981 (IYDP). Do you really expect it to be sorted yet? I mean it hasn’t even been 40 years, give these guys a break! Seriously though, this is just another good reason to re-nationalise our railways.

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Comment on Cambridge council’s U-turn on taxi disability rights by Doug Paulley https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/cambridge-councils-u-turn-on-taxi-disability-rights/comment-page-1/#comment-154117 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:59:18 +0000 https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/?p=1483#comment-154117 Yup, always the selfish or unreasonable few who spoil it for others, in all groups, including disabled taxi users and also taxi drivers. I’ve been treated pretty badly and discriminatory by some taxi drivers, albeit a minority.

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Comment on Cambridge council’s U-turn on taxi disability rights by Harry Wright https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/cambridge-councils-u-turn-on-taxi-disability-rights/comment-page-1/#comment-154116 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:51:54 +0000 https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/?p=1483#comment-154116 Hi Doug, As someone who has held a Hackney Carriage licence in the past, most drivers in my experience willingly assist wheelchair users and persons with other disabilities. They wouldn’t dream of charging anymore than the fare displayed on the taximeter. In my day, ‘accessible vehicles’ were rare outside of the major cities and were usually regular saloon cars. I was happy to fold a manual chair and lift it into the boot. However on one occasion I went to an address where the gentleman was in what I can only describe as an electric tank. I doubt it would have fitted in an accessible ‘black cab.’ When I tried to explain, he went ballistic, used foul and abusive language so I left. He reported me to the Council Licensing Dept. I had to go and take my cab so they could see (having visited the man at home) that I wasn’t being unreasonable. The only other problem was a lady with a new scooter. The handlebars would fold down, and it might just have fitted in the boot, but it was too heavy to lift safely. As you well know, I will not accept discrimination in any form, but, and I think you’ll agree that there are a very small number of people with disabilities whose attitudes and demands spoil things for everyone else.

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Comment on Is ICO’s insistence data subjects complain to controllers before S42 assessments legitimate? by Jon Baines https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/is-icos-insistence-data-subjects-complain-to-controllers-before-s42-assessments-legitimate/comment-page-1/#comment-154115 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:55:49 +0000 https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/?p=1480#comment-154115 Spot on Doug. While I sympathise with ICO’s position regarding lack of resources, their approach cannot be squared with what the law says. And it’s not just the DPA – the Data Protection Directive, at Article 28(4) states that supervisory authorities “shall” hear claims for checks on the lawfulness of data processing lodged by any person. No discretion or exemption is provided.

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Comment on Scotrail’s 1st Class “wheelchair spaces” & attack on me by Doug Paulley https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/scotrails-1st-class-wheelchair-spaces-attack-on-me/comment-page-1/#comment-154114 Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:03:54 +0000 https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/?p=1456#comment-154114 Cheers. Yes agree with you. The only thing is when some companies implemented the ability for wheelchair spaces to be booked direct online, a number of non-disabled people booked the spaces for their luggage and legroom, making them unavailable for wheelchair users. As ever, the selfishness of the few… I think it shouldn’t be beyond the ability of systems designers to enable a permissions-based system for confirmed wheelchair users to book spaces direct, but then it is the railway we’re talking about here and the systems are huge, unwieldy and immutable. I know it’s VTEC’s intent to make this possible, however.

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Comment on Scotrail’s 1st Class “wheelchair spaces” & attack on me by d9015 https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/scotrails-1st-class-wheelchair-spaces-attack-on-me/comment-page-1/#comment-154113 Sun, 06 Aug 2017 19:46:47 +0000 https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/?p=1456#comment-154113 Well done Charlie (TPE) perhaps you might also kick your colleagues (MY) at First GW who have just developed a system that connects their available reservations with a phone app (and the call centres &c) to deliver a facility to check for and book cycle (and presumably seat) reservations on a train right up to the moment it rolls in to the platform. I was expecting a call for a meeting last week, to discuss the beta testing.

I mention this because there would seem to be no reason that this same facility could be applied to the seat ‘number’ allocated to the wheelchair space, and thus a wheelchair user could check and reserve the space on the train on the day of travel, with perhaps a pragmatic detail of Scotrail making sure there is a clear listing (& on-line facility) to identify stations where a staff presence (dispatchers, floor walkers etc) covering the times when an on-spec traveller might need an arm or sensory assistance, or a ramp to get on or off a train. With the development of twitter coverage it may equally make sense for the social media teams to have a basic protocol for a concerned traveller with a mobility limitation to send a hastag format – perhaps #Assistance #Guide (or #Ramp or whatever the need might be) #Station (perhaps the 3 letter code? especially for those who might find extensive typing a problem) #TrainID #Carriage (optional).

I find that many of the social media teams have come on impressively in the way they can provide assurance to a concerned passenger (and even supply fresh toilet paper when you finish and find its run out!). Let’s keep building on this.

PS I had an operation on both feet back in 1986, when there were hardly any wheelchair spaces on trains, yet my work involved a lot of moving around, and this was tiring and most impractical for using crutches (both feet remember), so I travelled Edinburgh-Glasgow frequently. No ramps, no one to get you and the chair on/off the train, far fewer dropped kerbs. Guys it was an education, but by the time the bones had set I could manage the 1:12 ramp from platform level to Waverley Bridge without having to stop for recovery on the way up. But those basic NHS/Red Cross wheelchairs leave a lot to be desired.

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Comment on Scotrail’s 1st Class “wheelchair spaces” & attack on me by Harry Wright https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/scotrails-1st-class-wheelchair-spaces-attack-on-me/comment-page-1/#comment-154112 Sun, 06 Aug 2017 19:34:09 +0000 https://www.kingqueen.org.uk/?p=1456#comment-154112 Have a great time. Orkney is great, and the Orcadians lovely people. We’ll need plenty of photos. x

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