Hello Phil, you probably aren’t used to talking to average working class people. It must be quite a shock to you to read this. However I read your piece of work, where you claimed boldy:
Beside some genuinely sad cases, we find this testimony: “I travelled on my mountain bike [to the interview] as I can’t stand being on a bus for more than 15 minutes. I get off before I panic.” Now, I don’t say they should definitely go back to work. I don’t know the full facts. But is it not reasonable to say that someone who can cycle the equivalent of a bus journey of more than 15 minutes should have their fitness to work examined?
There are thousands off work with depression, even anxiety. In most cases, depression is incapacitating only for months, or even weeks.
I guess the thing with being a priveleged lazy middle class so called “journalist” is that you can claim all sorts of things which aren’t true, and you’ve certainly done so here!
Firstly I need to tell you that a solitary bike ride is somewhat different to being on a crowded bus. As someone with social anxiety I recognise that feeling of panic and anxiety. And i’m here to tell you, being on a bike, alone, is somewhat different to being on a crowded bus!
Secondly, i’m here to tell you that for ordinary people, not priveleged middle class journalists, anxiety, and several other conditions can be brought on by numerous factors, including various forms of bullying, and abuse.
Now, I know what you middle class sorts are like, claim that you care, but only care about the politically oportunistic bandwagons you can jump on. Cancer, pensioners, and kids! Physical illnesses are great for your sort! Mental illnesses? Don’t go there, no bandwagon to be exploited! You see, Mr Hensher, I do already know what this country is all about, it is sick! And you are also, you know perfectly well what you have done, and should apologise for your vile ignorance and lack of ethical journalistic integrity!