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

25 November 2009


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 adopts Lily Allen's Gay Rights anthem for us Crips

16 November 2009


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 looks at the proposal to introduce ID cards for disabled people

8 November 2009


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 continues the theme about the current lack of funding …

10 September 2009


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 the reality of BNP politics

27 August 2009


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


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

4 August 2009


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

2 August 2009


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's introduction to the world of Asperger's Syndrome

1 August 2009


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

20 July 2009


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

9 July 2009


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 take on the 'final solution' of assisted suicides

7 July 2009


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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Tip of the iceberg

26 June 2009



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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