STRATFORD district councillor Sir William Lawrence has slated Russia's provisionfor disabled people as "absolutely Third World" after coming a cropper during a visit to Moscow. Sir William, who is also a governor at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, was visiting the country in his capacity as national chairman of the British Toilet Association, which seeks to raise the standards of public loos. Sir William, who needs to use a wheelchair after suffering polio as a child, suffered a fall at the Holiday Inn, in which he damaged his knee. He said he was then carried through Moscow Airport on a makeshift "stretcher". He said: "Somebody got the bright idea of getting a fork-lift truck and physically lifting the ambulance up to the plane doors and getting me in that way. They then started dragging me across the floor of the plane on a metal sheet nailed to two bits of wood. Flight operator Lufthansa has pledged to investigate the matter. Sir William, who is now recovering in Warwick Hospital, said: "The reality is that Moscow is absolutely Third World when it comes to the disabled."
La Russophobe has already reported how the Toilet Conference revealed a first indication of Rusisa's third-world status, the fact that "about a third of Russian homes still have an outhouse. And as for public toilets, port-a-potties are state of the art. Russia has few public restrooms." You can add into the mix sewage treatment plants, one of which exploded yesterday outside Moscow killing at least one person and depriving the countryside of water services.
Now we have a second indication from the Conference in Russia's barbaric treatment of the disabled. Shall we tick of some more? Let's:
#3 -- Orphanages & Mental Institutions
#4-- AIDS/Homosexual policy & Medical Care & Adult Lifespan
#6 -- Per Capita GDP
#7 -- Environmental Policy
#8 -- Military Conscription
#9 -- Roads & Public Buses
#10 -- Official Corruption
When we review our list, we must ask what in what categories Russia is NOT a third-world state. Here the list is shorter: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and High Culture (opera, ballet, literature, etc.). Now, gentle reader, you decide which list outweighs the other.