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Christmas is always a bitter-sweet time for me.
There's been a lot of publicity over the last couple of years surrounding comedy directed at disabled people.
ALL the talk in Westminster is of ‘shovel ready’ building work. The Government is keen to give the economy a push by allowing or initiating new projects. They want better roads, more power stations, faster broadband, improved railways, new free schools and new homes.
It's been a busy couple of weeks in politics, both on the national and international fronts.
My daughter can't talk. She tries all right, most of the time actually, but her mouth just can't move enough to articulate any words. You get the gist of what she's trying to say, though. You can even have quite an involved conversation with her and almost forget that she can't talk.
Yesterday, I was talking to a single mum of a disabled adult about respite provision.
Being economical with the truth, especially when it is done in order to try and manipulate someone or to mislead them, is ten times worse than lying in my book.
Last week I went to Birmingham for the Conservative party conference. I spoke at four events, on growth, on our relationship with the EU, on schools, and on public spending.
This is the time of year when the bugs really start doing the rounds. The kids went back to school in September and, within a couple of weeks, the coughs, colds and vomiting had begun.
Imagine that, wherever you are reading this, that there is not a loo that you can use.