We've had a fair few threads on here declaring verying degrees of indignation at benefit cheats and scroungers of all sorts. I've never joined in on those threads but as a self employed person running my own business I really do share most peoples irritation at the won't work but will claim brigade.
Now, I don't want to be misunderstood here. I really do think it is a wonderful thing that in our country we try to take care of those who can't take care of themselves. In fact, it's one of the many things that makes me proud to be British (and yes I did say "British", as I'm no fan of Maximum Eck Salmond and his oil-pipe dreams) Having said that I am, of course, devoutly Scottish too but I digress.
Here's the thing. There's a couple who live near here who have a "blue badge" (invalid sticker) on their car windsreen, in the husband's name and this perplexes me. The man is retired RAF and I do know that he was quite seriously ill years ago and I really would have thought little about the situation but for the fact that I also know he is now very able bodied indeed and that is what perplexes me.
This man can hand-clip his flock of pet sheep, he can man-handle hay bales onto trailers and cart them off the hay field then build them in his sheds at haytime, then carry them back out all winter long to feed his sheep. Indeed he can do all the necessary physical work on his small holding, without any obvious impedimnet and seems every bit the fit and able 50 something. I've also learned today that not only can he ride his old motor cycles, that he so proud of, he is even able to compete in off road motor cycle trials.
So, given the above, what do you think would properly qualify him for a "blue badge"?
Or, like me, do you think he might be "at it" because, to my mind, he is no invalid by any reasonable definition of the term.
I have to admit the truth is I don't know what it takes to be classed as an "invalid" but I do know an awful lot of people who would never contemplate claiming to be an invalid and they are not as able bodied as the man I refer to. What do you think?