It's Not The Disability That Is The Problem, It's The Sex

 by Martin Belam, 19 September 2005

The temporary statue of Alison Lapper in Trafalgar Square has generated plenty of comment, but this item in the Londoner's Diary in tonight's Evening Standard particularly caught my eye - "Monumental Row". It quotes David Whiting who felt his war-hero stepfather should be on display in the square as saying:

I have nothing against Alison Lapper and certainly nothing against disabled people

However he goes on to say:

That a naked woman should be filling the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square is ridiculous, Trafalgar Square should be a place where men who have saved their country should be honoured.

So there you have it, David Whiting has nothing against disabled people. It is the whole of the female half of the population he has a problem with :-)

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