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Many peers in the House of Lords have first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of dis­abil­ity. And last week they got their er­mine in a twist over shoddy treat­ment by air­lines.

Cross­bencher Baroness Camp­bell (right) was very cross to be left on a plane for two hours be­cause staff wouldn’t bring her mo­torised wheel­chair to the air­craft door.

Lib Dem Baroness Brin­ton was stuffed in front of a Madrid air­port brick wall when her wheel­chair couldn’t be found.

Labour Lord Berke­ley’s step­son had no pri­vacy when forced to re­move his ar­ti­fi­cial leg while go­ing through se­cu­rity at

Newquay. A Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity sur­vey showed that of three mil­lion re­quests for dis­abil­ity as­sis­tance, 500,000 pas­sen­gers com­plained it wasn’t good enough.

When costly wheel­chairs are lost or smashed up it’s dev­as­tat­ing for the user start­ing a hol­i­day.

Trans­port minister Liz Sugg prom­ises con­sul­ta­tion. Not good enough. Wheel­chair users travel on buses and trains with ease, Liz. So keep kick­ing air car­ri­ers in their tailplanes until they do the same. The £10 Christ­mas bonus for pen­sion­ers and some ben­e­fit claimants should be worth £128.15 to­day. Since

Ted Heath (left) in­tro­duced it in 1972 – when the state pen­sion was £6.75 a week – Scrooge gov­ern­ments have re­fused to up­rate it.

A ten­ner then bought 62 pints of lager, or nine of that year’s best-sell­ing Christ­mas gift, the

Uno card game.

Now it’s just enough for nine Christ­mas cards plus postage.

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