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If it’s bad taste it’s not funny, and if it’s funny it’s not bad taste

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It was decided that 1981 should be “The Year of the Disabled”.

Ian Dury thought it would be the perfect time to release a song he’d written: “Spasticus Autisticus”.

Tim Yeo was the head of The Spastics Society. He immediately objected and the BBC immediately banned the song.

Although The Spastics Society had the word ‘spastics’ in their name, they didn’t think anyone else should be allowed to use it.

Especially not in a pop song, and especially not having fun with it. Tim Yeo decided to get offended on behalf of all spastics everywhere. Even though Tim Yeo himself was not disabled.

So without any consultation with Ian Dury, he had the song banned. What he didn’t know was that Ian Dury was disabled.

So Ian actually had more right to an opinion than Tim Yeo did. Ian had contracted polio when he was a child. His arm and leg were partially........

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