With this story I am going to tell you something about my beliefs that may be useful to explain to my friends why I am a Conservative. The reason for me writing about this is because I think it’s necessary to understand diversity in a right-wing party that supports capitalism, small governments, the liberalisation of British society, low taxation, democratisation of companies and individual achievements that bring goodness to the country.
When I became a politically active person I developed some new skills and made some new friends, whereas some of those who I already had known for a while disconnected themselves with me on social media. But what makes my case interesting is that I am no ordinary Conservative and Right Wing. I have the high functioning form of autism that is Aspergers syndrome, which some people may be aware is a form of autism that makes me intelligent and clever but lacking in social abilities and communicating with other people. Now that might come as a surprise to some people. How can I as a disabled person be associated with a political ideology and party that cuts welfare benefits, especially for the disabled as the critics of the Tories declare?
I have often heard this stereotype that as a disabled person you must be a Leftist welfare claimant who votes Labour and actively promotes his rights to entitlement to handouts, preaching for compassion for the weak and lives a reclusive life. Well I am nothing like that and there are several other autistic like me who are right-wing as well. We are radical thinkers who believe that disabled should be recognised as able and capable of achieving great things, not shunted into a state of welfare dependency and ostracised from ambition and society.
When I was growing up in East London it took a long time for my autism to be diagnosed. I was diagnosed at age 9 and it looked like it was too late for me to get any specialist treatment in my condition. Around that same time in mid 90s John Major’s Conservative government started to embrace diversity and equality by introducing the first Disability Discrimination Act in 1995. So I think it’s fair to say that the Conservatives are not as uncaring as many people think. By then I had just started secondary school but the concept of making special provisions for disabled pupils was still in its infancy. The choices that I had were limited and despite the DDA I still felt discriminated and patronised by my teachers and social workers who thought that I was never going to amount to much.
In my parent’s time disabled people were rarely seen in society and most of them had virtually no place in society. To illustrate this we can use the standing of disabled people in society using a community playground where there are children happily playing together. They are only willing to play with types of children who are their own kind by early Civil Rights era standards. This means that the disabled people are in a place where the Civil Rights of race and religion don’t apply to them so that they can not be seen. The rules of disabled people at this point in time go like this:
- All disabled people are alike
- Disabled people are hideous and revolting
- All disabled people have no usefulness in society and should not be seen nor heard
Today this kind of discrimination and attitudes to disabled people would be totally unwelcome. Later when New Labour came into power with a mission to make diversity and equality a key issue in their manifesto. A lot of people welcomed the idea that people like me would have a suitable space in society. So what could I expect of this diversity culture that was now making Britain a more tolerant place?
The Equality Act that New Labour implemented in 2010 specified that disabled people should be accepted for what their impairments had done to make them what they are. This is just one type of the endless streams of equality and civil rights rules that they implemented during their time in office. It didn’t actually give disabled people an advantage to better themselves, it just gave them an opportunity to put themselves in a position where they could avoid any form of discrimination. Whereas many disabled people relished the changes in the social engineering department like the Equality and Human Right Commission I was much more interested in making something out of myself.
Trevor Phillips was the head of the EHRC and was the enforcer of these race and equality laws. He said that the problem with fighting for equality is that you never know who you are fighting for and for what purpose you hope to achieve. In the context of a slave liberated from his master, what freedom is he supposed to have? To achieve real equality you need to think about the opportunities that come with freedom, not the liberalisation itself. Otherwise what value do we have for disabled people in society that is worthy of giving them freedom and equality?
What lead to me with my autism thinking that socialism doesn’t work and that equality doesn’t work properly is that there are no such thing as achievers. At school I was given a politically correct education that included a specialist learning programme that had its priorities in the wrong order. I was expecting it to focus on nurturing my impairment so that I could fit in with society and leave with the ability to go into the world of work. Instead I was kept from learning how to manage my disability or learn any social skills so that I could fit in with other people. When I left school I was incapable of looking for work or even trying to sell myself. And when I went to the Jobcentre to sign on I was given strict instructions on what kind of jobs I could apply for. This lead me to realise something about the left-wing approach to dealing with equality, they only care if you are weak but not strong.
These social justice warriors were more patronising than productive. Their idea of showing care and equality is to grant you with privileges instead of opportunities. They are not interested in what you want to be, but rather what you can achieve to show that they are making progress in getting people to accept you. These campaigners believe that we shouldn’t expect disabled people like myself to be capable of being able and achieving something with ourselves but accept the weaknesses of our disabilities and use that as an excuse to dismiss integration.
This has led to the creation of a new set of rules that replace the old rules of disabled people. Rules which were not only broken, but changed and not even for the better. The new rules go like this.
- All disabled people are alike
- Disabled people are helpless, vulnerable and defeated
- Disabled people need to accept the limitations of their impairments and consider themselves incapable of working
I totally disagree with this. For me all forms of life were created unequal in nature and we should accept all classes of citizens. I expect you to accept me for the strengths and abilities for what greatness I can bring to society.
On a lighter note I would like to share with you a story about what the Conservatives do that appeals to me, especially for the benefit of autistics. Of all that prejudice that I suffered throughout my life there were opportunities that I am able to gain by a helping hand to get on in life. I support capitalism because it knows no prejudice on race, religion, class or disability. It allows me to think for myself and create something for myself and consider my disability in a positive way. It’s taught me to think big and be brave and set my own place in the world that I can be triumphant in my ambitions. There are plenty of amazing talents that disabled people have that we must embrace and share with the world, not shunt them into their own space with whatever they need to stay alive.
Of course the Conservatives do cut welfare and all forms of public money systematically and I accept my benefit money may be affected. But as a recipient of taxpayer’s money I am not happy with my current situation. I don’t want to be in a state where I constantly have money thrown at me, I want my abilities to be accepted and for that I don’t need sympathy I need acceptance into the mainstream. About 15% of adults with autism are not in employment and that accounts for those who are capable of working. Well if the employers with all their limited resources and having vacancies that we can’t fill because of the way our impairment affects us or we simply don’t like those vacancies means that we have to choose self employment. So teach us how to look after ourselves and we will deliver the best in our abilities to show what we are capable of. Give me a grant and I’ll start a business. If I received a £10’000 prize I would use it to set myself up with a job and business that can make my life and other people live a prosperous life.
The individual freedom of disabled people gives them the power to show how powerful and magnificent they can be. Teach them to be radical thinkers and they will show you the spirit of disablement makes us champions of society. Autistics are revolutionary and gifted in their abilities and they deserve their freedom for the sake of a better world. Conservatism is a philosophy that teaches us to look after and care for the world and the lands that we were brought up in. Socialism and liberalism nowadays seems to be all about inventing ways for the younger generation to exterminate the parasites of their parents just so that they can live their own way with no regard to their own survival. I believe we should be taught how to care for ourselves and with that we will preserve uphold our traditions and culture. Integrating disabled people isn’t a kind of forced oppression, but a means to show them that we see something good about them. Some of my heroes had autism and they showed some remarkable talents in science and art.
Hans Asperger, the discoverer of autism said that ‘For success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential’. Conservatism is a philosophy that promotes economic liberalism and there are plenty of room for autistics in that field. I want to use my abilities and passion for science to promote international trade and development. With the mindset of an autistic person you have a rationale where you combine logic with reason. The small government stature is well suited for autistics because they can only handle one or a few interests with their special abilities. By supporting a democracy in business we can enable disabled people to show just how useful they are providing that ridiculous red tape isn’t restricting their development. In Conservatism with autism you have a great number of ways in which you can build a better country. If you are a disabled person in Labour party you get a hand out and get dismissed from your special abilities, if you are a disabled person in a Conservative party you shine like the bright blue beacon to bring hope to the world.