As Frances Ryan writes in this blistering polemic, Britain faces fundamental questions about what kind of society it wants to be. Will we choose a survival-of-the‑fittest system, in which poverty and disability are treated as moral failings, deserving of punishment? Or are we prepared to face our own vulnerability, recognise our shared humanity, and rebuild our welfare state?
Ryan, a Guardian columnist, makes clear just how far we have fallen over what she evocatively calls the “precipice of national character”. Over six chapters she sets out the many ways in which disabled people have been made to pay since [...]