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From Hansard:

"Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will hold discussions with industry representatives on measures to increase the affordability of access to broadband for (a) people with a disability and (b) older people"

To which the Wickser replied with a laundry list of statistics, and this:

"I would be delighted to hear from industry about any plans they have to make broadband more affordable, including for the elderly or disabled".

Two points - those of a vintage who can remember life before 1984 will recall the difficulty, delay and overall sheer bloodiness of getting a phone line installed, and I just hate to think what the situation with broadband would be like if BT had not been de-nationalised and the market freed.

Secondly, and rather more immediately pertinent to the question, try substituting 'blonde', 'port drinkers' or 'size 9 1/2 shoe wearers' for disabled or older people for a measure of quite how silly is the attempt to thrust undifferentiated victim status upon millions and millions of people.

I would love to be able to say that the hitherto obscure Southworth should be declaring an interest, but she appears to be in good health and is 51.

However, and this is just wonderful, Lady Internet has a website - helensouthworth.labour.co.uk

Try clicking through, or note this screenshot:

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