Thursday, April 09, 2015

Controversial British TV personality says the unsayable

Controversial TV pundit Katie Hopkins has once again provoked outrage, branding dementia patients as 'bed blockers' and questioning the point of living with the disease.

In her latest outburst on Twitter, the 39-year-old tweeted: 'Dementia sufferers should not be blocking beds. 'What is the point of life when you no longer know you are living it? 'Bang me over the head.'

With 850,000 people living with the debilitating disease in the UK, most members of the public will have direct experience of family members or friends suffering the condition.

Hopkins' comment subsequently sparked an outpouring of disgust from followers, who retaliated calling her 'abysmal', adding she has taken it 'too far'.

And leading charity the Alzheimer's Society today reacted to the comments, condemning the tweet as 'disgraceful' and 'ill-informed'.

George McNamara, head of policy and public affairs at the charity, said: 'These disgraceful remarks only serve to reinforce the stigma that sadly prevents many people with dementia from feeling like valued members of society.'



Anonymous said...

Almost all dementia sufferers are incapable of knowing that they are a part of society or any effective ongoing interaction with the rest of the world. The sooner that their relatives and their supporting organizations admit and accept that then progress towards an effective way to work with and handle/house/interact with them can be accomplished.


Anonymous said...

MDH - Put a bullet in your own brain because your heart is defective.

Anonymous said...


running for a seat on the Death Panel, are we?

stinky said...

MDH - if you believe in the right to bear arms as a defense against predatory govt, why would you then authorize said govt to kill for convenience? Either you trust the authorities or you don't right?

Bird of Paradise said...

Many of our politicians are demented just listen to their idiotic babbling

Dean said...

MDH: many suffering from dementia take a long time to reach there point you and the original poster are talking about. During that long decline they know what is happening and are very much able to interact with others and be a part of society.

Your point about finding effective ways to work with and provide for dementia sufferers is well taken. Obviously some previous posters missed the last part of your post.

Anonymous said...


How you made your observation from my statement which makes no advocacy of government intervention whatsoever is not deserving of any response except that you need to read posts more carefully.


Anonymous said...

MDH, your 1:45 AM comment lands as arrogant and condescending, regardless of how it was intended.