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Two tribes / 27 November 2007

I’ve had a look at an article being written in support of trying to bring the two 'camps' of carers and Disabled people together to campaign on the fundamental, underlying issue of adequate social care. I must admit to having a pretty knee jerk reaction whenever the subject of carers, linked to Disabled people, comes up! I can even remember upsetting a few carer support groups with cartoons I’ve done in the past! I think there were issues around the terminology itself and the very split between the needs of the two groups. Some of you may know that there’s a cross government review taking place at the moment, chaired by our own Jane Campbell, who tried to bring in issues effecting both carers and Disable people. However she discovered that the departments dealing with these issues are different, and therefore the civil servants in each department don’t communicate with each other! Sounds about right eh!

When you think about it, there’s always been a problem with fitting people into the neat boxes constructed by the power that be – in this case disabled people themselves being carers, parents, etc.

I anticipate that one of the comments that this cartoon might generate being ‘but both groups look the same - so which are the carers?!’ I think that’s the point we’re trying to make her folks!