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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!

The hypocrisy of David Cameron

12 October 2012

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Crippen's cartoon about welfare cut deaths

Disabled people across the country are furious following the Prime Minister's comments at the Tory party conference about his own experiences based on his late disabled son and father. He painted a rosy picture of the lives of disabled people in the UK following the recent Paralympics and that people were now "seeing the person and not the wheelchair". Although as one pundit commented, thanks to his policies people saw neither the person or the wheelchair, but instead saw a...

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Carrying a torch?!

29 May 2012

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cartoon of disabled olympic torch bearer

We all have our own take on the Olympics, especially the Paralympics where super crips compete to appear normal and we're all expected to forget about the billions being spent on this event whilst many of us have our benefits pared down to the bone ... or am I being too cynical?! This article caught my eye the other day about a young disabled guy, a wheelchair user, who felt the need to carry the Olympic torch for a few yards. No doubt he was doing this to be ironic (let's give him the...

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Why we need a NEW Disabled People's Resistance Movement

16 May 2012

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Disabled people being cut down

Why we need a NEW 'Disabled People's Resistance Movement' by Bob Williams-Findley. "We have campaign groups like Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and Black Triangle (BT), and I'm aware of the effort that is going into what disabled people are doing right now, but I believe we need to have a visible "resistance movement" which brings all the strands together in a 'Rock Against Racism' style approach. "This doesn't need to be organised in the...

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Deaf rock!

4 June 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about access to Heavy Metal venues

A non-disabled heavy metal fan seems to have met his match when stumbling into a debate being currently aired on the Pesky People blog. Having tried to establish just what arrangements had been made for access to the 13 venues that would be hosting a tribute to Heavy Metal music, our disabled sister Alison ran into a brick wall. Not literally, you understand, but an equally effective wall of silence from the organisors. In the end, the only response that she did get was that she should check...

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Crippen comments on Liz Carr's brilliant, gutsy speech at the People's Convention

21 February 2011

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A close up photograph of disabled artist Liz Carr

I was recently privileged to see Liz Carr make a brilliant, gutsy speech at the People's Convention on 12th February 2011. She spoke from the heart on behalf of every disabled person facing the uncaring attitude of this government. I'd like to share it with you... "Thank you … I can only dream of being on the platform. One day … One day we’ll make it" (this was due to the fact that Liz was relegated as a disabled speaker to the area in front of the stage -...

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Crippen looks at compensation being paid to ALL detainees

16 November 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about compensation for ALL detainees

UK citizens who were detained illegally at the US run Guantanamo prison in Cuba are to be paid millions of pounds compensation by the British Government. And quite right to. Innocent people being locked away in an inhospitable place, away from their families and friends and all because they appear different to the rest of society should be compensated. For someone to be denied their place in society and to be incarcerated in a place not of their own choosing must be a terrible experience to...

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Crippen looks at the new definition of the word ‘Fairness’

6 November 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the new definition of the word ‘Fairness’

People who live in Residential Care Homes are clearly disabled by any definition and even the Sun, despite their current smear campaign aimed at disabled people (see last week’s blog) can’t claim that they are not! However, the ConDem’s have included those of us who live in care homes as part of their attack on the Welfare State. They are going to withdraw the DLA Mobility Component from our benefits. This means that those of us who reside in Care Homes and are buying...

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Crippen is told that most Crips are not really disabled at all!

5 November 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about us Crips not being disabled at all!

The Daily Mail, the Express and the Sun seem to have been competing in order to see which of them can persuade the most readers that the majority of Disabled people in the UK are not really disabled at all. In their collective opinion most people claiming disability related benefits are not disabled, they are in fact scroungers and work shy benefit cheats and should be made to work for their money, the same as every other member of society. Somehow, the suggestion that a few non-disabled people...

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Crippen reports on the slash and burn tactics of the ConDem’s

21 October 2010

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Crippen looks at the rape and pillage of Disabled people

Opposition MP’s are using the term ‘slash and burn’ to describe the knee jerk reaction of the Coalition to the financial deficit that they claim to have inherited from Labour. Rampaging through the country in a similar way to the Viking’s when they were first attracted to our shores; the ConDem’s have spared no one in their attack upon our society. Seemingly with no real plan or any indication that rational thought has gone into this process, they appear to have...

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We're MAD and we're angry!

15 October 2010

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A poster for the demonstration against benefit cuts on the 26th October

On Tuesday 26th October 2010 at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park at 1300 hours, the campaigning group MAD PRIDE have organised a day of action to oppose welfare benefits cuts for people labelled Mentally Ill. UK mental health service users and survivors will publicly assemble to re-enact the opening chapter of Michel Foucault´s seminal book ‘Discipline and Punishment’. A life-size effigy of a prominent Conservative/ Liberal Democrat merger politician will be publicly executed...

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Crippen looks at the possible new symbol for the Disabled People's Movement

4 October 2010

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Crippen’s reworked black triangle symbol

Leading the recent protest rally against the proposed Government welfare cuts were a large group of Disabled people. Wearing and carrying large black triangles, they were symbolizing the murder of thousands of Disabled people during the Holocaust; their aim being to embarrass Cameron and his government, who have repeatedly insisted that the most vulnerable will be protected from the impact of the cuts. The use of this black triangle seems to have had an impact upon the general public,...

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A tribute to Rowan Jade by Jane Campbell

4 October 2010

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Rowan Jade

A moving tribute to disabled activist Rowan Jade, who died suddenly at the age of 40 whilst on holiday with her partner and child. The tribute is by Baroness Jane Campbell and echoes many of our own thoughts and feelings regarding this amazing young woman. Jade will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate to know her. To access the tribute please click here.    ...

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Crippen and the Disabled people's protest march on 3rd October

30 September 2010

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Crippen and the Disabled peoples protest march on 3rd October

On Sunday 3rd October a huge protest march is taking place outside of the Conservative Party Annual Conference, which is being held this year in Birmingham. The protest is about the cuts being imposed upon people who rely upon benefit payments and the draconian measures being taken by the current Coalition Government against Disabled people in particular. The marchers will consist of representatives from Trades Unions, many groups and organisations involved in Welfare Rights, individuals and...

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Crippen is hacked off with Face Book

26 September 2010

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Cartoon about Crippen being hacked on Face Book

Many of you will know that I run a Face Book account as Crippen - Disabled cartoonist and post links to various disability related events that are going on as well as links to this blog and other disabled artists. When the ConDem Coalition came into being I began to create cartoons that supported the stand being taken by groups and organisations who were protesting about the benefit cuts being planned. My posts carried cartoons created for the 3rd October Disabled People's Protest group and the...

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Crippen accuses the CONDEMs of having blood on their hands

9 September 2010

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Crippen's cartoon portraying the government with blood on it's hands

I recently created some cartoons for the Disabled people's anti-benefit cuts campaign group 'Black Triangle'. The plan is to load a different cartoon every few days onto their web site on the build up to the big protest planned for the 3rd October (Tory party annual convention). One of the 'toons (this one) got posted straight away and resulted in someone putting a block on the web site link in Face Book. Apparently the cartoon crossed the line for some people! What do you think? I'd be...

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Crippen looks at marginalised and invisible Disabled people

3 September 2010

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Crippen's portrayal of the invisibility of Disabled people

In a recent survey commissioned by Scope, almost half of those approached claimed that they didn't know any Disabled people! Now either they only count wheelchair users as being Disabled people and are using this as their yard stick, or they move in circles that exclude all but the non-disabled members of our society. A worrying thought when over 90% of these same people felt that Disabled people should have the same opportunities as everyone else. This response shows that we crips are still...

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Crippen takes a cynical look at the use of bounty hunters to round up benefit cheats

21 August 2010

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Crippen's cynical take on the benefits bounty hunters

A recent survey shows that society has completely fallen for the latest piece of CONDEM misinformation that millions of pounds are being claimed fraudulently, especially those benefits that are designed to assist Disabled people to compete more equally in the work place. They also endorse the use of paid Bounty Hunters to track these alleged cheats down. The fact that the government’s own figures show that this fraud claim is a complete nonsense and that millions of pounds lay unclaimed...

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Crippen's work with Disability Cornwall and the Discover magazine

20 August 2010

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Crippen looks at the world of the prosthesis

One of the groups of Disabled people I enjoy producing artwork for are the editorial team of Discover magazine, the ‘voice’ of disabled people in Cornwall and the quarterly publication of Disability Cornwall. Not for them the black and white photocopies of several A4 sheets, stapled at the corner and containing inaccessible text and artwork (often my cartoons, which I produce in full colour, end up looking like an indecipherable mass of greys and blacks with no real clue as to...

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Crippen reports on his recent visit to the Arts and Disability Forum, Belfast

7 August 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the dangers of cartooning NI's politicians

If like me, you've never visited Northern Ireland, take my advice and go there immediately! I arrived at Belfast's International terminal to discover an oasis of green rolling hills and fields surrounding a city that boasts more interesting architecture, live entertainment, theatre, exhibition spaces, museums and friendly open people than most other places I've been to. Gallery and Events Officer Leo Devlin was there to welcome me at the offices of the Arts and Disability Forum (ADF) and...

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Crippen receives a well deserved honour?!

5 August 2010

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A photograph of Disability Cornwall's Crippen Rooms

Back from a three week break which has included a visit to Belfast's Disability Arts Forum (of which, more to follow) Crippen resumes his blog with news from the West country.  I've had what some would ironically call a well deserved acolade! Having recently moved into a new, purpose built set of offices, Disability Cornwall agreed to hold a competition to decide what to call their all singing, all dancing suite of accessible toilets and changing rooms. Care to guess what they came up...

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Crippen muses on the attacks on Disabled people by the CONDEMs

9 July 2010

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Crippen\'s cartoon about the CONDEMs not understanding the issues

I have been musing on the attacks on Disabled people's day to day lives that this CONDEM coalition have already started making and watching with interest ways in which crips are grouping to try to resist.  High on the worry-list is the apparent complete lack of understanding by the government of the nature of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).  As we Disabled people and our allies all know only too well, the basis of this financial support is actually to go some small way towards...

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Crippen ridicules the proposal for a tv show in which celebrities pretend to be disabled

1 July 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the dangers of disability awareness training

Rumours have been circulating about a TV programme that would enable celebrities to aquire an impairment for a week in order to see what it's like to be disabled (I kid you not!). It now turns out that the former Mrs McCartney, Heather Mills is working on such a programme although she has refused to say which broadcast company it is with or when it will be aired. She has said however that she wants to get people like tv presenter Eamonn Holmes to spend a week in a wheelchair to see what it's...

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Crippen posts a copy of an email received from Bob Williams-Findlay regarding the attack on the DLA

24 June 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about DLA benefit cuts

I'm using this week's blog to reproduce an email circulated by Bob Williams-Findlay regarding the attack by this government on Disabled people who are claiming Disabled Living Allowance (DLA).   "Since the Budget there has been a major uproar over the ConDems plan to 're-assess' people on DLA. What is clear is that there is now a new smear campaign, not unlike the ones against IB, to discredit DLA claims. For those with access to the BBC iplayer I've included a link to Jeremy Paxman...

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Crippen shares a link to Vince Laws' blog about Disability Pride

16 June 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about disability pride

Disability Pride is an odd concept which seems to be quite difficult for many non-disabled people to grasp.

I mean, why would be be proud of our impairments?

Here's a link to Vince Laws' current blog where he explains what Disability Pride means to him.

Click here to visit his blog and leave a comment.

Cheers

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Crippen looks at the recent comment made by Jane Campbell about the assisted suicide debate

12 June 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the assisted suicide debate

The following is an extract from Baroness Jane Campbell's recent comment in the Guardian. "Disabled and terminally ill people have had to deal with fear, prejudice and discrimination since the beginning of time. Our lives have been devalued by statements such as "he/she'd be better off dead". In recent years, calls for a change to the law prohibiting assisted suicide have grown louder and more frequent. "They capitalise on fear. Fear of pain, fear of loss of dignity, fear of...

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