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Step into the irreverent world of disabled cartoonist Crippen aka Dave Lupton, who has been in the vanguard of disability arts movement for more years than he cares to mention. His work has appeared in mainstream press, on TV and film and is now probably the best Disabled cartoonist in the world!

Crippen's caricatures of Jane Campbell and Tom Shakespeare and the assisted suicide debate.

9 July 2009

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Jane Campbell and Tom Shakespeare debate assisted suicide

The current debate about assisted suicide has brought a lot of comment from Disabled people, some in support but most against. The two lead protagonists have emerged as long term disability activist Jane Campbell (or Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to give her her correct title) and Tom Shakespeare, a leading Disabled academic with a track record of making challenging and thought provoking comments. Some of the comments that we recieved in response to last weeks blog quite rightly fell foul of...

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Crippen's slant on the recent resignations from the Equality and Human Rights Commission

20 July 2009

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Crippen cartoon about Bert Massie & Jane Campbell's  resignations from the EHRC

Sir Bert Massie and Baroness Jane Campbell, leading figures within the United Kingdom's Disabled People's Movement have both resigned from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in protest over the reappointment of Trevor Philips as Chair for a second term. In the TimesonLine, Bert compares Phillips with Lord Cardigan, the Crimean war commander who led the disastrous charge of the Light Brigade. “It is rather as though at Balaklava Lord Cardigan had been reappointed and the remnants...

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Tip of the iceberg

26 June 2009

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As the BNP gain a foothold in the local council elections, the potential threat to minority groups such as our own becomes more of a reality.

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Crippen's take on the 'final solution' of assisted suicides

7 July 2009

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A cartoon based upon  assisted suicide

The following letter is currently being circulated in order to bring attention to Lord Falconer's attempts to amend the Coroner's and Justice Bill on 7th July in the House of Lords. This could have a significant impact on our community ... please read on. Open Letter from Leaders of Disabled People’s Movement in UK and USA Dear Sir, As leaders of the disabled people’s movement in the UK and the USA, we are extremely concerned about how the proposed amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill...

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Crippen's introduction to the world of Asperger's Syndrome

1 August 2009

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Crippen's Aspergers and Disabled people cartoon

I've started to create cartoons based upon people who have Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. This has mainly been due to the contacts that I've been making through Facebook and the new networks of Disabled people that I'm 'meeting' through this facility. It's a difficult area to work in I'm discovering, as the various people involved in this area of impairment tend to have different points of view regarding their position in the Disabled people's movement ... or not! Obviously, those contacts I'm...

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Crippen brings your attention to the closure of the last wind turbine blade manufacturer in the UK

2 August 2009

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Crippen cartoon about our increasing carbon footprint

Many of us green crips are spreading the word as far and as wide as possible about the closure of the VESTAS factory on the Isle of Wight. This not only means the loss of 600 jobs to the Island (a huge blow in itself) but also that there will no longer be any manufacturing of wind turbine blades within the UK. By having to import these components, this strengthens the argument for those people who are opposed to wind farming and who say that the cost of obtaining and erecting the windmills...

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Crippen gives a heads up about the appearance of Liz Crow on the Trafalgar Square plinth

4 August 2009

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Liz Crow in a Nazi uniform sitting  on the plinth in Trafalger Square

Our Disabled sister and fellow artist Liz Crow appeared on the Anthony Gormley plinth in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 8th August at 2200 hrs. And as promised, she presented a dignified but powerful statement against extreme right wing politics in its worse manifestation. Initially clad in a cream coloured blanket that covered her from head to foot, Liz sat quietly in her wheelchair for the first 10 minutes before pulling it away to reveal herself wearing the uniform of the war time Nazi party....

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Crippen looks at the reality of BNP politics

27 August 2009

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Crippen cartoon about brick throwing BNP

An article caught my eye earlier today which contained the following quote from Counsellor Pat Richardson, leader of the BNP group on the Essex council. This follows a kidnapping at knife point of a local muslim man and firebombing of his home: Cll. Richardson said her party was not behind these attacks. "Firebombing is not a British method. A brick through the window is a British method ..." she said. Oh, that's alright then! The link to the article, which appears in the Guardian is:...

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Crippen provides some political links

25 August 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about a disabled, black, gay man being attacked

There’s usually a lot happening within the world of Cripdom; Disabled people around the world continue to struggle against the apartheid that still exists, despite new laws that have been passed to identify and remove the many barriers within our respective societies that disable us. Thanks to the internet this news can now be shared around the various disability networks that we have - although this never seems to reach the national or international press (why are we not suprised?!)....

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Crippen continues the theme about the current lack of funding …

10 September 2009

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Crippen's cartoon of disabled people faced with the Olympic hoops to jump through

Ok, I take the point from Richard Downes (last blog comments) that by only blaming the 2012 Olympics for the current lack of funding is being a bit simplistic, but I still hold to the belief that this huge white elephant is doing more damage in this area than all of the effects of the current recession combined. So here’s another cartoon along the same theme (sorry Richard!). As part of Richard’s response however, he’s come up with an interesting idea. How about setting up our own...

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Crippen looks at patronisation of Disabled people

7 January 2010

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Crippen's cartoon depicting patronisation of disabled people

Hi folks. I'm starting 2010 as I mean to go on; gloves off and more in your face then ever before! And my first question for this decade is: 'How much longer do we have to beat our heads against the wall of discrimination that exists in the UK?' I don't know about you but I'm getting pretty pissed off about the lack of any real progress regarding public perception of us crips and our role in society. It's still mainly those over paid non-disabled parasites who run those big organisations that...

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Crippen looks at the proposal to introduce ID cards for disabled people

8 November 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about the proposed ID card for disabled people

Identity cards for Disabled people with hidden impairments are being tried out in Nottinghamshire. If successful, the idea is to launch the scheme nationwide. There are some obvious advantages for those of us with hidden impairments who have to jump through a different hoop with each gatekeeper that we come up against; but I have a 'thin end of the wedge' feeling about this latest venture. The current anti-terrorist legislation has allowed this government to 'chip' our passports so that they...

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Crippen adopts Lily Allen's Gay Rights anthem for us Crips

16 November 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about Lily Allen's Gay Right's anthem

What with our recent rant about Charities and the Lily Allen song that's being adopted by Gay Rights activists in Manchester, I thought we crips should get in on the act ... sorry about the language but it is in the lyrics of the song (bet I still get a comment from disgusted of Tonbridge Wells though!).   Comments Incidentally, we're still having a problem with the comments section of this blog and you have to scroll down quite a way before you find it! Please do leave a comment as I'd...

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Crippen posts a copy of an email received from Bob Williams-Findlay regarding the attack on the DLA

24 June 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about DLA benefit cuts

I'm using this week's blog to reproduce an email circulated by Bob Williams-Findlay regarding the attack by this government on Disabled people who are claiming Disabled Living Allowance (DLA).   "Since the Budget there has been a major uproar over the ConDems plan to 're-assess' people on DLA. What is clear is that there is now a new smear campaign, not unlike the ones against IB, to discredit DLA claims. For those with access to the BBC iplayer I've included a link to Jeremy Paxman...

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Crippen has a few things to say about BBC's Children in Need

25 November 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about Children in Need

Unfortunately, due to problems with t'internet I'm a bit late with this cartoon which was intended to come out during the recent Children in Need event on BBC Radio and TV. Still, better late than never ... and the idea of a Trojan Pudsey rather tickled me! Needless to say, us Crips are still campaigning against this charitable farce. Our message is loud and clear and asks why do Disabled children still have to rely on this type of humiliationathon AND have to appear sufficiently grateful in...

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Crippen looks at the continued horror of life for disabled people in Afghanistan

15 February 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the continued plight of disabled people in Afghanistan

My on-line work takes me to areas all around the world where I'm asked to create images of disabled people facing oppression in all of its many forms and manifestations. Most of us in the West may be faced with limited access and be struggling to live on a reduced income. However this is a walk in the park compared to some situations I hear about concerning our disabled brothers and sisters in the third world. Take Afghanistan for example. The rights of disabled people in that country are not...

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Crippen continues the debate around assisted killing (Mercy Killing)

20 February 2010

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Crippen looks at the subliminal messaging about 'mercy killing'

"I just received a furious message from actor Nabil Shaban, best known to the public for playing Sil in Dr Who. Nabil is better known amongst activists as a ferocious advocate against war and for disability equality, in particular the right to live in equal status to others". This is how Clair Lewis started her journal last week, and follows on ... "Nabil Shaban ACCUSES the British media, and that includes the BBC, of pursuing an identical propaganda exercise as Doctor Josef...

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Crippen looks at the changes of attitude being made towards User led Organisations

7 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the change towards User Led Organisations

Sometimes when an old cynic like me thinks we are not making any progress and there’s too much of the same-old, same-old, I get a dig in the ribs and a reminder that us crips do occasionally have some influence. This nudge was another example of how we have penetrated the portals of policy and power.  Thanks to years of background work, solid research, lobbying, persuasion, arm-twisting and hard, under-funded graft by crips, disabled people’s (and carers´) organisations...

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Crippen asks what's behind the apology given to survivors of thalidomide

14 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoons about the apology given to survivors of thalidomide

Fifty years after the one of the worst disasters in medical history, hundreds of survivors of the thalidomide scandal have finally got an apology from the government and a new £20 million compensation package. Mike O'Brien, minister of health, recently announced a new funding scheme that will help survivors cope with the changing needs of age. He also offered what campaigners said they wanted even more – an apology. "The Government wishes to express its sincere regret and deep...

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Crippen looks at the access being created for the Olympic games

21 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the access being created for the Olympic games

I've created so many cartoons over the years regarding the bottomless pit called the 2012 Olympics. Bottomless insofar as any and all available funding is being systematically sucked into its gaping maw, with nothing of any long-term substance being generated for Disabled people within the UK. OK, it's great if you're one of those who enjoy participating within the spectacle know as the Para-Olympics with all of its associated terminology about achievement and overcoming adversity etc. But if,...

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Crippen takes a look at the forthcoming general election

27 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the forthcoming general election

It's that time again and Disabled people are being asked to consider who we think will actually commit to an effective strategy regarding access and the removal of those barriers within society that still disable us. It's a bit of a no-brainer when considering the track record of the conservative party (Tories) and I can't imagine anyone would fall for their current rhetoric and the dubious charms of Mr 'just call me Dave' Cameron! OK, the Labour Party haven't actually covered themselves in...

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Crippen looks at the latest round of government cuts in relation to Disabled people

24 May 2010

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Crippen's cartoon looks at what the cuts will do to disabled people

Oh dear it's started. The slow but sure slide into a reduction in pretty well... well, everything! Starting with the reduction in posts within the Civil Service, which means that whenever a Civil Servant leaves, they won't be replaced.  Now, as I understand it, the posts that have a higher rate of burn-out and staff turnaround are those in the front line of employment, welfare, benefits services, etc. This means that the staff processing our applications for funding for support services,...

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Crippen looks at the offer for schools to change their status to that of an Academy

26 May 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the change by schools to Academies

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is writing to all primary and secondary schools in England inviting them to become Academies and therefore independent of local authority control. This could mean thousands of schools leaving local authority control. Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT (Teachers Union), argued that it was wrong to stop local authorities from having a say in proposals for new schools,  and that [the proposal] represents a costly and unnecessary solution to a...

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Crippen gives a heads up about the up-coming D.A.N demonstration

5 June 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the proposed day of action on 16th June

On Wednesday the 16th June the Disabled people's Direct Action Network (D.A.N) will take to the streets in solidarity with the National Day of Action against the dismantling of the Welfare State. D.A.N demonstrations will be taking place in Manchester and London and will welcome all people who identify, or who are regarded as disabled, whatever their background or impairments. For those of you who have never been on a D.A.N demo it's important that you know that D.A.N. uses the strategy of...

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