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Crippen looks at patronisation of Disabled people / 7 January 2010

Crippen's cartoon depicting patronisation of disabled people

Crippen's Patronisation cartoon

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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 have been set up to represent us (but without including us in their management) who are perpetuating the 'Tiny Tim' image that society has of us. Let's face it, it's in their interest to preserve the status quo of disability as without it, they'd all be out of a job. It's also in the interests of the various government departments that control our finances, job prospects, etc to let these sanatised organisations continue to represent us. Imagine what could happen if they opted to speak to real Disabled people? It might mean them having to get off their fat-cat arses and start to address some of the real issues that exist for us!

And I also predict that you're going to see more Disabled people out on the streets protesting in the UK this year. Led by such organisations as the Direct Action Network (DAN) and some of the other larger groups of Disabled people, we'll be making our voices heard like never before.

So, fellow crips and non-disabled allies alike, prepare yourselves. It's going to be a lively year!

 

Keywords: charities,direct action network (dan),disabled people's movement,politics,social model,subversion,

Comments

Bob Williams-Findlay

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28 January 2010

Crippen asked, "What have you in mind, Bob?"

Well, I believe there's little chance of influencing Twiddle Brown or Twaddle Cameron before the next UK General Election. So both the Disabled People's Movement and Disability Arts Movement ought to focus on making 2012 the Year of Challenging Disablism with the whole world watching Londom. We ought to have our own fun and games - the paralympics being the fur coat and by that time Lord Freud's benefit scam will be ready to be exposed as Parliament saying, "knickers" to disabled people!

Crippen

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10 January 2010

Valid point Arty. In fact there's been a couple of blogs recently lamenting the seemingly backwards step that disability arts has taken over the past several years. I'd certainly be up for joining an arts centred focus to rally the crips within the UK. What idea did you have specifically Bob?

Arty Farty

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10 January 2010

Fair point Mr Bob. But how do you see Disability Arts providng the focus? Over recent years the Dis Arts movement seems to have gone back to being more impairment specific and no longer represents the collective ethos that we once had. And what about you Mr C. What do you think about Mr Bob's comment?

Bob Williams-Findlay

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8 January 2010

I agree with Arty Farty that a new rallying point is reguired, but I'm less convinced by the idea of a "political party" formed by disabled people.

As far back as 1974 I put forward the argument that alongside self-organisation there was an urgent need for a "rainbow coalition" on the grounds that marginalised groups are powerless and voiceless on their own. I know the risks involved; how do we forge solidarity with social forces who fail to grasp disablism or are as ignorant as the rich and powerful?

I believe Jane, Bert and probably Vic would agree that it is through engagement with others who are oppressed; engaging in demonstrating the differences and similarities in treatment. Personally speaking, one rallying point ought to be a declared war against the Harman-Philips "fairness" claptrap which underpins the useless Single Equality Bill. Disability Arts would have a major role to play.

Wendi

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7 January 2010

Sadly, this state of affairs isn't confined to the UK. "Nobody wakes up and says it's a fine sunny day,I think I'll give up some power" springs to mind.

pink pjs

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7 January 2010

Humanity party?

Arty Farty

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7 January 2010

What Disabled people need in the UK is a new rallying point. What about it Bob Finlay, Jane Campbell, Bert Massey and Co, are you ready to form the first Disabled people's political party? I'd vote for you!