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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 passing of a legend: a tribute to Vic Finkelstein

10 March 2012

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Photograph of Vic Finklestein

Having been out of things for most of the last 12 months I was saddened to hear that the political activist and god-father of the disabled people's movement Vic Finkelstein had recently died aged 73. Originally deported from South Africa in the 60's for his support of the anti-apartheid movement, Vic was the main architect of 'The Fundamental Principles of Disability', published in 1975, which argued that the problems faced by disabled people were caused by society's...

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Blogs away

7 March 2012

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Crippen's Rogues Gallery cartoon

I have also reopened my Crippen Cartooning Blog in conjunction with this blog on DisabilityArtsOnline web journal. Non-disabled people are warned not to visit this other blog if they are of a delicate and sensitive disposition. Like my work on this blog, all my cartoons have text description inbuilt. Just click on the cartoon to bring it up. You can view Crippen's Cartoon Blog by clicking...

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Crippen Flickr Site

4 March 2012

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Crippen corrupt message cartoon

Hi boys and girls. You'll be pleased to hear that I've made about 200 of my more recent cartoons more accessible by uploading them to a unique Flickr site. The cartoons have been split into sets and you'll find a hot button for each set on the right hand side of the page. Alternatively you can hit the 'slideshow' link and see them that way. If you want to use any of them as part of our continued struggle towards full equality, please do so (you can cut and paste). All I ask...

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Sticky buns!

4 March 2012

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Crippen's cartoon about not working for free

One of the main problems affecting many disabled people at the moment is a lack of income. And, as a result, a reduction in the ability to make those choices that affect the quality of our lives. Until recently, many disabled people earned a reasonable income from providing professional services to organisations which provided disability equality training for their workforce, as part of complying with their legal obligations in relation to employment and providing services.  But recently...

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The rich language of disability

29 February 2012

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Crippen's chugger cartoon

Well, it's all been happening whilst I've been away. Apart from such regulars as young Dolly, Joe Mc, Tanya and Ms. Pepper, a quick glance at the DAO blog lists brings up a host of fresh names. But are they what they appear to be? Take for example Rich Downes. Obviously a  pseudonym (and I see he's done the reverse of what I do and has used a picture of a much older man in order to establish more credibility). I actually have it on good authority that he's only allowed out...

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He's back!

25 February 2012

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Photo of Dave Lupton aka Crippen

Just when you'd all been lulled into a false sense of security and felt able to visit the blog section of the DAO web site without the need for extra double-gusset strength protection, I'm afraid we have to break the news to you that ... he's back! Yes, that old curmudgeon* Crippen is back from his bed of pain and incontinence and has once again picked up his pen ready to do battle on behalf of crips everywhere. "It's good to be back" he told us when we spoke to him at the home for...

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No conflict of interest here then?!

14 September 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about a conflict of interest

According to documents obtained by the Guardian newspaper, Cameron’s senior adviser on troubled families has set up a new partnership to bid for work under a programme to get 120,000 households into work. A programme that she helped create! Emma Harrison, the multimillionaire founder of private welfare company A4e, was appointed the “families champion” last December. The prime minister singled her out in a key post-riot speech last month, saying she had “develop[ed] a...

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No future for the NHS?!

2 September 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about changes to the NHS

Recent legal advice given to 38 Degrees, the 'Save our NHS' campaign group, makes sobering reading. It states that the government’s changes to the NHS plans could pave the way for a shift towards a US-style health system, where private companies profit at the expense of patient care and those without money go untreated. Barrister Rebecca Haynes found that the government's plans could pave the way for private healthcare companies and their lawyers to benefit most from changes,...

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Another job for the boys?!

16 August 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about the new non-disabled director of ODI

Now you see him, now you don't ... The CONDEM Coalition has replaced the disabled director of its Office for Disability Issues (ODI), Tim Cooper, with a non-disabled civil servant.  Rumour has it that the switch, which wasn't even advertised, was due to problems around Cooper being forced to give a public defence of the government’s record after disabled activists criticised its programme of spending cuts and attitude to human rights. Cooper, who has refused to discuss the...

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Vision on!

23 July 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about his current visual impairment

Not wanting to be accused of venturing into Medical Model territory too much, I've hung back from providing too much detail about the various health issues that I've been experiencing lately! However, as one of the issues impacts upon my art in a more direct way than the other stuff, I thought that I'd share some of my experiences regarding the deterioration of my eye sight with you. My sight has been deteriorating for quite a while now and I'd put it down to the aging process....

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Making assisted suicide more accessible?!

16 June 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about using euthanasia as a political solution

A non-disabled friend of mine expressed suprise that not only was I unwilling to help him ensure that assisted suicide would be made fully accessible to disabled people, but that I was also very much against the idea of assisted suicide being made legal in the first place! Recently retired from a life in the medical profession, John is now serving in a voluntary capacity on a panel set up to  address the issue of making assisted suicide legal. In his - in other areas commendable -...

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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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Precautionary measures?!

2 June 2011

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Chief Constable

It strikes me as strange that this government haven't safe-guarded themselves by keeping the police forces around the country happy. As more and more people take to the streets in protest against the ConDem's slash and burn tactics, I would have thought that they are going to need the boys and girls in blue to maintain public order and keep party members safe. But with the various police forces up and down the country being faced with their own cuts, there's now a strong possiblity...

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Crippen reports on the 11th May protest

13 May 2011

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Crippen\'s cartoon about the 11th May protest march against cuts

It was a tough decision for those disabled people who went on the anti-cuts march on Wednesday 11th May. Do they march and appear to be supporting the non-user led charities and organisations that organised the event, or stay away in protest that the charity Leonard Cheshire was one of the lead organisations? Some people found a compromise and went there with the specific purpose of meeting those crips that weren’t usually involved in public protest, and weren’t aware that there...

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The Big Society Sucks!

21 April 2011

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Crippen's cartoon accompanying Ann Youngs poem

The Big Society Sucks! - a poem by Ann Young  I will not go quietly Or rebuild bridges burnt I'll make my own way now With many lessons learnt Hard work needs reward It's the only way A good day's work For a decent pay! We fought so hard For our equality Don't throw all that away By wanting work for free I'll not work for nothing It seems so wrong to ask I'm a disabled woman Reclaiming my working class   I was offered voluntary work but rejected it. I have...

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As funding cuts bite deeper

16 April 2011

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SKILL cartoon

Following on from previous blogs where I've written about the funding cuts that are slowly but surely decimating our culture, two more disabled people led organisations fall to the axe this week. Mark Bagley of Choices and Rights has emailed to tell me that their Disability Housing Service has had to close down. I know that this service has helped lots of disabled people sort out their housing problems and will be sorely missed. Although no longer able to help out with housing advise, Mark...

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Disability Arts and Corporate funding

26 March 2011

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Crippen looks at corporate funding

As many of us will know, being a disabled artist and not allied to any group or organisation, it has always been extremely difficult to obtain funding. And those of us who produce work that has an overt political edge are even more handicapped (sic) by the funding system. That's not to say that groups and organisations of disabled people who have applied for funding have had it any easier. For example I'm aware that our esteemed Editor Colin Hambrooke spends a large amount of his time...

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Disabled People United!

18 March 2011

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Crippen looks at the protest on 26th March

More and more disabled people are turning out for the various anti-cuts demonstrations that are taking place across the length and breadth of England and making their voices heard. And it looks as though the big rally planned by the TUC in London on 26th March will include members from all of the anti cuts groups run and controlled by us crips; in effect the largest turn out of disabled protesters that this country has ever seen. Even those of us who can’t be there physically are being...

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Protect yourself on FaceBook

27 February 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about  the internet

As many of you will be aware I've been experiencing malicious attacks on my FaceBook accounts over the past six months or so, which, by a strange co-incidence, is also the same amount of time I've been creating cartoons about the Coalition government and their horrendous attacks on disabled people. I've also set up another blog in order to take any heat away from this DAO one, which, thanks to the expert care of my web manager Ken, who also runs my web sites, continues to go from...

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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's Tory Benefit Scam cartoon

17 January 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about  the Tory's benefits scam

Due to ill health Crippen has had to cut down his workload for the moment, including his regular postings on this blog. He's hoping to be back soon however and is looking forward to continuing the arts protest debate that was started on an earlier posting.

In the meantime you can visit his alternative political blog by clicking here and leave your comments as usual.

 

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Crippen says 2011 - bring it on!

6 January 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about changes coming to the way in which we give ...

Hi folks, here's hoping that you had a great holiday and are all fighting fit for 2011?! I'm just getting over man flu (second dose) so have been a bit lax with regard to posting here for a couple of weeks. I am, however putting the final stages to the follow-on from my last blog where lots of you mailed and messaged me with ideas and suggestion about involving the disability arts movement with the current anti-cuts protests throughout the UK. I hope to have this up within the next...

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Crippen looks to the arts for a different way to protest

14 December 2010

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Liz Crow's protest on the plynth in Trafalgar Square

A little while ago I did a round robin email to specific folks that I know who are concerned or who are involved in the cuts protests going on around the country. It seemed to me that we needed to think of a way that we can protest without switching people off and being associated with violent confrontation, whilst at the same time getting in people's faces and making an impact. In effect cutting through the stereotypical perception that the general public have of us crips and putting an...

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Crippen looks at providing Disability Equality Training to MPs

8 December 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about MPs needing Disability Equality Training

Do government ministers need disability equality training? "Do government ministers need disability equality training?" That was the question asked by a member of the public at an all party parliamentary group on disability earlier this week. It's surely a sign of how disabled people's trust in the government agenda around this issue has broken down that someone even felt it appropriate to ask this question - even if it was slightly facetious! Lord Freud, minister for state...

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Crippen looks at a letter received from the Minister for Disabled people

6 December 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the lack of consultation with disabled people

The following letter was received by Caroline Lucas MP (Green Partry - Brighton Pavilion) when she wrote to the Minister of Disabled People on behalf of one of her disabled constituents.   From Maria Miller MP "Thank you for your letter of 19 November to the Secretary of State on behalf of a number of your constituents about the effects of the Comprehensive Spending Review on disabled people. I am replying as the Minister for Disabled People. As you know, the Coalition Government is...

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