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Crippen asks Super Crips to share the limelight / 23 July 2012

So, let's  take the suggestion a little further shall we?

We've already decided if disabled athletes AND disabled artists work together then we have a real chance of putting a spanner in the works of this divisive government, even if it's a small one.

Because let's face it, some of those disabled athletes out there are only a hair's breadth away from falling into the benefits trap that many of us currently find ourselves in.

Disabled athletes are currently the flavour of the month, especially with all of the Paralympic hype that's going on. But what happens afterwards? When their 'special' status changes and they become just another disabled person, ripe for attack by the ConDems and subject to the brutal fall of the cutting blade.

We all have our moments. Currently for disabled athletes it's the 2012 Paralympics. For the rest of us Crips it's the workhouse.

So come on you Super Crips. How about directing a bit of that limelight onto the rest of the disability stage. We need your help to highlight the reality for thousands of fellow disabled people who are being put through the ATOS wringer - with some failing to come out the other side.

Together we can make changes and have this unique opportunity to do just that. By all means compete and get your medals, but also, when the members of thepress want to interview you, talk to them about the real plight of disabled people in this country!

Thanks for listening.

 

Crippen's strip cartoon

And don't forget that you can visit Crippen's latest strip cartoon episode of the O'Crype family and their involvement with the Cultural Olympiad.

 

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Comments

Crippen

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24 July 2012

Thanks for all of your positive comments folks. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, it may already have started, with the Captain of a football team of blind players using his interview opportunity to talk about the cuts. :-)

Waterdragon

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24 July 2012

Yep. Good stuff. Lets face it, if we're all just acting as individuals we will be as dust beneath the chariot wheels of the fascists du jour, and all because we were most concerned about ourselves and whether we were "alright Jack"

Rebecca Stell (aka Lady Crookback)

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24 July 2012

Dead horse or not it wasn't your fault it died. The whip-wielding is still spectacular. Your words are as powerful as your drawings. Keep on keeping on. Or as an American friend's son said to me when told of the struggle for equality in the UK; 'Fight the power'

bombasticspastic

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23 July 2012

In the summer of 1968 two African Americans sent out a powerful message to the world. The message invested in their colour, bare feet and raised black-gloved fists spoke of the poverty, iniquity and democratic deficit endured and faced by millions of Black Americans.

Earlier in the day Tommie Smith had won the 200 meters and John Carlos had finished third. Later in the day they climbed the podium to pick up gold and bronze medals respectively. When the Star Spangled Banner began, instead of fists beating hearts and heads thrown back to sing the anthem, both athletes dropped their heads as if in mourning while raising arms in a black-gloved salute.

To me this was a powerful message. A message that says the human spirit is indomitable; and we as human being can rise above and defeat even the most cruel of suppressors.

I sincerely hope that amongst the athletes about to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics there are some Smiths and Carlos's who will mount the podium, eschew the baubles of these capitalist games whilst ignoring the maudlin music that celebrates inequity and anachronism. Why shouldn't disabled athletes make political statements against the tyranny of flawed medical assessments; why not throw the medals back into the faces of pitiless profiteers who cheer them on while impoverishing the rest of us.

richard downes

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23 July 2012

flogging dead horse maybe but such a fine right arm. Now if we could only find the appropriate event. tiddlywinks anyone?

Keep on keeping on Crippen you old hoary chestnut you. We will get through.

Arty Farty

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23 July 2012

I personally think you're flogging a dead horse Mr C but more power to your elbow!

Crippen

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23 July 2012

I think we have our first response folks!

http://welshdisabilityforum.co.uk/2012/07/london-2012-paralympian-warns-dla-cuts-could-jeopardise-independence/