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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!

New Crippen web site

19 August 2014


Over the past few weeks I've been working with my Web Master Ken Scott to relaunch my web site. The old site had become a bit clunky and it was becoming increasingly more time consuming updating the cartoons in the gallery section of the site. Consequently, people were using cartoons from the site that were now out dated, which meant that I had to chase them down in order to provide them with the latest version. As I say, time consuming and quite frustrating at times, especially when I...

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A new impetus?

7 July 2014


Recruitment poster

Only 6 months ago, disabled bloggers and commentators like myself were making reference to the poor turn-out at protests and demonstrations that specifically targeted cuts to services provided for disabled people. It was rare to see anyone there other than the usual old die-hards who have been protesting about this government and its draconian measures since they first set up shop. Now, suddenly, within the space of two weeks, disabled people have started staging protests right on the doorstep...

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More skeletons for IDS

28 June 2014



If there has been one thing that has been consistent with this government, it has been the single mindedness of it's Minister for Works and Pension, Iain Duncan Smith (IDS). Once an out of work white collar worker with a wife and children, dependent upon state benefits and the hand outs provided by his wife's family, he has become the antithesis of this. He seems intent on punishing all those who fell into the same poverty trap that had captured him all those years ago, and who...

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27 June 2014


Fuck off

'Do not resuscitate' the sign that sits above our bed tells all those hard professionals that we’d be better dead Though 'mercy killing' is the term to soften this cruel law it takes away our right to choose our voices heard no more Chorus: But we're not dead yet despite what they all say no we're not dead yet and we’re not going to go away! They see us as a burden dependent and so needy consuming their resources always taking, always greedy So even when...

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A successful demonstration

22 February 2014


Brighton demo

I was privileged to play a small part in the anti-ATOS demonstrations that took place on the19th February across the UK. At the Brighton ATOS Assessment Centre we had over 80 people, many of us disabled, who turned out to protest against the inhuman methods employed by the French company ATOS when undertaking Work Capability Assessments (WCA) of sick and disabled people on behalf of the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP). ATOS has been heavily criticised for its handling of this work,...

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ATOS and DWP to be held to account

9 February 2014


ATOS payments

The National Audit Office (NAO) are to launch a new investigation into ATOS Healthcare, the company that carries out controversial medical tests for people claiming sickness and disability benefits when it emerged that they've been paid £754m since 2005. In a House of Lords question this week Lord Alton of Liverpool asked the NAO to investigate the reason behind such a large amount being paid to ATOS by the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP).   Lord Alton said: “The...

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Over 38,000 dead - the number is terrifying!

5 February 2014


Fish in a barrel

This week Jayne Linney has offered to provide a guest blog on this Crippen DAO Blog page. Here's what she has to say ... "We know from the official Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) report that between January & November 2011 ten thousand, six hundred disabled people either in receipt of or awaiting benefits died. Since then the DWP have, despite numerous requests refused to release further updates; we can only speculate their reason why, as we can only surmise just how many...

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A climate of fear

17 January 2014


Disabled protester in the spotlight

The climate of fear that is being generated by this government is making disabled people think twice before participating in any form of protest against their callous behaviour. But protest we must as everything that we need in order to remain independent and to play a productive part in society is being eroded. The rights that we have fought long and hard to achieve are being systematically dismantled, taking us back to the time when we were shut away in institutions, abused and forgotten. The...

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ALLFIE says "No return to segregation!"

18 December 2013


Ghosts of segregation

On Tuesday 10th December members of the Alliance For Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) along with parents, children and young people, disabled activists and non-disabled allies lobbied the Department for Education in central London. This was to raise awareness that during 2013 the Coalition Government has pushed through SEN reforms that will increase, even further, the numbers of disabled children and young people being forced into segregated education. This is despite David Cameron promising...

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The case of the combustable trousers!

25 November 2013


IDS spontaneously combusts

As more and more evidence comes to light that Ian Duncan Smith, Minister for Works and Pensions, has been somewhat economical with the truth regarding ATOS and the benefits assessment process, the Criptarts decide to challenge him more directly ... Click here to see more   For the full facts about IDS and his lies, please click on the following links ... So click here to read what the Guardian has to say about IDS and his lies ... Click here to read what the Welfare News Service have...

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The Criptarts promote Colin's new book

23 November 2013


Knitting Time

Our esteemed Editor, not content with running Disability Arts on Line (DAO) and travelling all over the country to interview fellow disabled artists, has managed to find the time to create a new book. Entitled 'Knitting Time' the book not only contains powerful new prose and poetry, it also contains  hand drawn illustrations that are described by one critic as "fabulously dark, surrealist line drawings ..." and which undoubtedly add extra depth and dimension to the book....

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Wake up call!

22 November 2013


Crippen's wake up call

Colin (DAO Editor): "Oy Crippen!" Crippen: "What?!" Colin: "When you going to do some more work on the Criptarts strip cartoon?" Crippen: "Er ... it's a work in progress!" Colin: "Can't see much evidence of any work!" Crippen: "I'm supposed to be retired ..." Colin: "You can't retire from the disability arts movement mate!" Crippen: "Can't I?!" Colin: "Nope. You're in it for life!"...

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Tory Party Hackathon

15 November 2013


Tory Party Hackathon

Not content with pushing through retrospective legislation in order to cover up their illegal activities regarding benefit changes, the Tories are now apparently hacking the internet in order to remove all copies of speeches and press releases made by them between 2000 and May 2010. These are the speeches and statements that held pre election promises about leaving the NHS alone, providing more support for disabled people, etc. All of which, once in power, they've renaged on! The party has...

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Starving on benefits?!

19 September 2013


Cameron confronted by starving family

It's hard to say to a nation that hates benefit claimants: 'Your perception is wrong. The system is flawed,' says Jack Monroe in the first of a new series for the Guardian called Austerity Bites She writes: How can anyone possibly "starve on benefits"? "Something doesn't add up." Responses to my blog and comment pieces about life on the breadline are filled with these kinds of musings. After all, everyone has an anecdote about a mate or a neighbour who has...

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Esther McVey - disability expert? I think not!

10 July 2013


A frame from the Criptart cartoon strip -  Episode 17

The Minister for Disabled People, Ms Esther McVey, has once again shown just how ignorant she is about disability and in particular mental health issues. A disabled friend of mine wrote to Ms McVey expressing her concerns about a Work Capability Assessment (WCA) planned for her partner who has been diagnosed with paranoid psychosis. McVey suggested that he'll be fine because "where a claimant lacks insight into their condition or the challenges they face, a companion can come with...

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The Criptarts - Episode 16

27 June 2013


Frame 1 of Episode 16 showing a woman in her wheelchair making an abstract painting

This week in the Criptarts cartoon strip, Liz attempts to capture on canvas the oppression and exploitation of women.

Clicking here will take you to the Criptarts strip cartoon gallery where you can see all 16 episodes, and leave your comments.


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The Criptarts

19 May 2013


A frame from the latest Criptart cartoon strip

As you've probably noticed, I've been posting less on this blog than usual. This has been partly due to pressure of other work, but also because I'm finding that my strip cartoon 'The Criptarts' has taken a stronger hold on my creativity. I'm finding that instead of creating a single cartoon around an issue and then writing something to accompany it, as I've been doing with this blog for several years now, my pen gravitates towards the blank frames of the Criptart...

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Agent Provocateur?

14 March 2013


Precautionary measure

You can never really be sure just how much of the stuff that get's posted onto Facebook is accurate or just another attempt by someone to stir things up or to act as an agent provocateur (surely not?! - Ed). The following has been posted on the 'The People Vs The Government, DWP and Atos' Facebook page. If it's true then it's mind boggling, but then I've ceased to be amazed at what this government are capable of. Anyway, see what you think ... (Post begins) I work...

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Useless Eaters

11 March 2013


Cameron feeds the Useless Eater monster with money

Why is it that when this government is shown to be making up its own figures about the number of people who are allegedly fraudulently claiming benefits - those who are sick, disabled, elderly or unemployed - people continue to believe them? The government would have everyone believe that taxes and national insurance contributions from hard-earned income are being fed to this monster with an insatiable appetite. How can we allow the government to continue making these outrageous statements...

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Dear Comic Relief

28 February 2013


Slippery slope

Dear Comic Relief, have your ears been burning lately? They should have been, because you have been a hot topic amongst members of the disabled people's community over the past month. Things came to a head recently when Prime Minister David Cameron appeared on your fund-raising music video with One Direction. Many disabled people - who are being subjected to massive cuts in their benefits, allowances and legal rights - felt that this was one PR stunt too far! In fact, I understand that...

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Crippen defending a charity - whatever next?!

21 February 2013


Crippen wearing a red nose

Currently running on Facebook is a campaign lambasting the Comic Relief 'Red Nose' day because, they say: "(We) are annoyed and distressed at Comic Relief's decision to include David Cameron in the video to this year's charity single by One Direction. They then go on to list all of the atrocities committed by Cameron, aimed at sick and disabled people, and those on benefits or on a low income. Firstly, let me make it clear that I agree wholeheartedly with this group's stance against...

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There's a new kid on the block

19 February 2013


Overlapping images of Bonk the cartoon character from the Criptarts

There's a new kid on the block folks ... Identifying himself as 'Bonk Bipolar' (inspired from the Criptart character) he'll be adding his thoughts and feelings to the DAO Blog section on a regular basis.  He boldly opens up his head and heart and invites us to follow him along some extraordinary paths. So let me introduce you to his unique style of poetry/rapping with this piece entitled Wrap Rap. Wrap Rap Too many ideas to achieve today, so many thoughts that have run away. Often I gaze...

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The Criptarts are revolting!

7 February 2013


A frame from the Criptart's cartoon strip episode 6

One of the things I enjoy about being part of the Disability Arts on Line (DAO) family is that it provides for me a unique platform on which I can present my more adventurous cartoons. Take the Criptarts for example. I haven't a clue where it's going each week and the end result is usually more of a surprise to me than to you. Of course I've got a rough outline in my mind for each episode, but it's as though the characters come alive once I've started to lay them out in the strip and they just...

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A happy New Year from Cameron and his cronies!

17 December 2012


Crippen's cuts cartoon

Hands up all those Crips who know what's going to happen in 2013. Yes, you've got it, the Government are stopping Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and replacing it with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment or PIP. This is the new system by the way that most disablity organisations claim is not fit for purpose and will leave some half a million disabled people without benefits after change over. You'll remember that the government pushed through these changes under the Welfare...

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United we stand?

8 December 2012


Crippen looks at the European disability community

Living on an island we could be forgiven for thinking that the harsh cuts that are being inflicted on us Crips in the UK are unique and out of step with the rest of Europe. Wrong! Listening to disabled people in France, Greece and especially Spain, we hear that the exact same policies of cuts to benefits and services, along with an orchestrated move to get us all back into institutions, is taking place throughout Europe. Thousands of disabled people rallied in Madrid last week to protest...

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