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Crippen

Dave Lupton, aka Crippen, 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!

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Crippen joins in the anger about ‘terrifying and discriminating’ intensive care guidance

Disabled activists Liz Carr and Dennis Queen have joined with other disabled people in expressing their outrage at the ‘frailty scoring system’ which is being used to determine whether disabled people who are admitted to hospital with Covid-19 are to be offered the same level of care as non-disabled people. Issued ...

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Crippen sends Boris a ‘Get well soon’ message

I’m sure we all wish Boris a speedy recovery, but there must be quite a few of us who are pleased that the government’s lack of preparedness has come around to bite him in the proverbial. Karma I think it’s called! Get well soon anyway Boris. You are a cartoonist’s dream ...

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Crippen exposes the truth behind Exercise Cygnus

Heard of Exercise Cygnus? No, well don’t worry because it’s been buried so deep by this government that not many people have. Breaking ranks, the Torygraph (sic) have published a damning exposé of this government cover-up which shows that they knew almost four years ago that the NHS would not be ...

Crippen adds more issues to the roll of government neglect

Call me paranoid, but is it just me that is seeing a pattern of neglect emerging from our government regarding disabled people during this Coronavirus pandemic? You’ll notice that I’ve covered quite a few issues regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and the governments responses over the past several weeks: The suggestion that life-saving ...

UC benefits crash

Crippen looks at the irony of Universal Credit design

UNIVERSAL Credit claimants could face online queues of more than 30,000 people when attempting to make a claim during the coronavirus crisis. Thousands of ordinary people (sic) are suddenly being confronted with the issues that disabled people have been faced with ever since Iain Duncan Smith, former head of the Department ...

Boris manipulated by Cummings

Crippen asks, “Is eugenics influencing government policy?”

Disabled people have long been the focus for those who support the eugenics movement. From the extremes practiced by the Nazi party during WWII when over 200,000 disabled people were killed and more than twice the number were sterilised, to such statements as made by George Bernard Shaw who advocated ...

DWP bonus' cartoon

Crippen queries why DWP officials have pocketed over £1m in bonuses

Senior officials at the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) have recently pocketed over £1m in bonuses as a reward for their work in the Tory flag  ship benefits-cutting department. This, despite criticism from opposition MPs, groups and organisations of disabled people, and anti-cuts campaigners, including family and friends of those ...

medical equipment only available for important people

Crippen asks – “Are you important enough to have access to the best care?”

As ‘high profile people' start getting Corona virus symptoms, it will be interesting to see the different levels of care that are being offered! At the time of going to Press, Prince Charles, Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock (Health Secretary) and Nadine Dorries (Health Minister) have all tested positive for the virus. So, ...

Loss of benefits in NI

Crippen exposes loss of benefits in Northern Ireland

Thousands in Northern Ireland have lost their benefits in the transition to PIP system Almost one in four disabled people in Northern Ireland who were claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) have had their benefit taken away during the transition to Personal Independence Payments (PIP). PIP is designed to replace DLA and ...

Faux Pas by leading Tories

Crippen says “just let the Tories shoot themselves in the foot!”

Well, what can I say?! Seems like if we leave the Tories alone, they’re more than capable of shooting themselves in the foot! The first one comes from Boris Johnson, who in response to a question from SNP MP Mhairi Black about whether one of her constituents had enough to live ...

DWP corrections

Crippen exposes scandal of changes to DWP health assessments

The full scandal of benefit tampering can be revealed after the DWP admitted nearly 7,000 health assessments were changed or binned over two years. Last month, the Daily Record revealed how one of two firms working for welfare chiefs had “audited” the paperwork after they were submitted by a health professional. ...

withholding of treatment

Crippen asks will they be withholding treatment for elderly and disabled as the virus worsens

As Dominic Cummings whispers in Boris Johnson’s ear about letting the elderly and vulnerable die off to help the economy, an open letter from Dr Matt Morgan, Intensive Care Consultant, from the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, has generated much more speculation about the lack of available treatment for the ...

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Crippen asks “did you know that the Tories are going to tear up the Care Act?”

Are you aware that this government are proposing a Coronavirus Bill that will effectively free local authorities of their duties to provide social care support under the Care Act 2014? This will have a devastating impact on the lives of thousands of Disabled people, especially those of us who need social ...

DWP deaths

Crippen compares the death rate of the Corona Virus to that held by IDS

Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) must be feeling a bit side-lined as a virus comes out of nowhere and threatens to overshadow his record of deaths created whilst head of the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP). I don’t suppose we’ll ever know just how many disabled people have died due to ...

DWP two faced agreement

Crippen looks at ‘temporary’ suspension of private company benefit assessments

After seven years of paying private companies millions of pounds to assess disabled benefit claimants the DWP have finally bowed to pressure and are bringing the process back under state control - or are they?! Over 70% of claimants who had their benefits stopped by the private firms Maximus, Atos ...

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Crippen shows how you can have your say about the DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing yet another investigation into Universal Credit. It comes as a storm around one of its most contentious aspects grows. After disbanding the select committees that kept an eye on the various departments working within government, the Work and Pension Select Committee has ...

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Crippen brings more evidence concerning the link between suicide and loss of benefits

Responding to a survey after the National Audit Office found that at least 69 suicides could be linked to problems with benefit claims over the last six years, Dr Chris Allen a Consultant clinical psychologist with the Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, writes: “Current explanations of suicide suggest that a sense of ...

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Crippen focuses on the DWP with money to burn

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is fighting a High Court case, based on a judgement from 2019 over Universal Credit. And it’s doing so despite losing two previous rulings about the same case. The solicitor acting on behalf of the disabled people involved said the DWP should just “admit ...

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Crippen exposes how Brexit means a real threat to our independence

An estimated half a million EU citizens are working in “low-skilled” jobs in the UK with 82,000 of these working in the care services, a report by leading academics has found. The report by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said that once freedom of movement ends employers ...

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Crippen asks – so you have to create chaos in order to get a knighthood?!

During the period 2011 to 2014 when Iain Duncan Smith was secretary of state for work and pensions and had overall responsibility for the running of the department, over 70,000 claimants were underpaid by some £340 million after being transferred from older benefits on to the employment and support allowance ...

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Crippen asks why is the DWP shredding vital evidence about benefits suicides?

The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) has been accused of “a cover-up” after shredding around 50 reports into suicides that were linked to benefits being stopped. DWP officials have admitted that the files were shredded, but that this had been due to data protection laws stating that all data ...

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Crippen addresses the news that the government have changed official records

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has made a shocking admission about how it treats ‘vulnerable’ claimants. It not only changed official records, replacing the answers it originally gave to an MP, but is now claiming ignorance! One campaigner, meanwhile, told The Canary newspaper this represents “neglect on a massive ...

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Crippen looks at being useful and fulfilled

You’ll remember me mentioning in an earlier Blog that the government have set a target for one million disabled people to be in employment by 2027. Also, because of this we’ll then have "fulfilled and meaningful lives" (sic). Well, a press release issued by the DWP informs us that to mark ...

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Crippen brings together some facts indicating the imminent sell-off of our NHS

Remember Boris’ infamous Brexit bus, which promised that leaving the EU would mean an extra £350m a week for the NHS? Well, he’s at it again! Having promised to ‘upgrade 20 hospitals and build 40 new ones’, an independent fact-checking charity has found the refurbishment of only six hospitals with no ...

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Crippen reports on why the high courts found that the DWP acted unlawfully

Two disabled campaigners identified as TP and AR, have delivered another humiliating defeat to The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) through the High Courts. The DWP tried to defend their actions involving a huge drop in income for severely disabled people moving on to Universal Credit but was told ...

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Crippen exposes the possible real agenda behind the Tory Disability Strategy

The Tory Government is to introduce an “ambitious” new strategy, supporting disabled people in all aspects and phases of their life. They state that they will use “all the levers of Government” to support disabled people to achieve their full potential. In the background notes to the Queen’s speech at the ...

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Crippen’s latest cartoon asks what will the current minister for Disabled People, Health and Work do for us crips?

Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed, we now have a new Minister for Disabled people – Justin Tomlinson MP … Well, actually, a new Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work to be exact (yes, they’ve changed the job title again!) – so he’s stretched pretty thin. AND he’s only ...

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Cartoonist Crippen comments on the Government’s refusal to assess the impact of benefit sanctions

Campaigners have responded with anger when it was revealed that the government has refused to assess the impact benefit sanctions have on people’s mental health despite repeated warnings they can cause long-lasting damage to the wellbeing of claimants and their families. This is despite warnings over the past several years from ...

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Cartoonist Crippen marks our exit from the European Union with a chilling comment on Inhuman Rights?!

Boris Johnson didn’t like it when MPs stood up to him in parliament and prevented him from carrying out what he wanted, and he was similarly antagonistic towards the judges who declared that his suspension of parliament was not legal. Now that Johnson has been re-elected, and with a large majority, ...

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Cartoonist Crippen comments on disability rights and the Equality Act 2010

Disabled cartoonist Crippen comes out of hibernation to once again provide his hard-hitting political cartoons for DAO. The one thing that is really worrying me now is what Boris Johnson and his cronies are going to do with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The Tories have already stated that ...

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Cartoonist Crippen researches the facts behind statistics on deaths within the disability community

Several disabled artists who work directly with DAO are making work about the current situation of dire poverty that many in the disabled community are living in as a result of austerity measures imposed on the UK. DAO asked cartoonist Dave Lupton aka Crippen to research the reality of what's ...

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The Social Model: understanding the language of disability from a cartoonists point of view

Dave Lupton, aka Crippen disabled cartoonist, has been engaged in the disability arts movement for more decades than he cares to mention. Following on from the publication of a showcase of Crippen's cartoons last month we introduce his take on the language associated with disability from a Social Model perspective, ...

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30 years with Crippen – a showcase of cartoons through the decades

Dave Lupton, aka Crippen disabled cartoonist, has been in the vanguard of the disability arts movement, producing cartoons which engage with the politics of disability and exploring this through the lens of the Social Model Understanding of Disability. Here he showcases a small selection of cartoons from the many thousands ...

A young Asian man using a crutch is looking at just the head of young white man placed on the seat of a wheelchair. The head is saying: "I like to think of myself as differently abled!"

Crippen cartoons on Google images

I had an interesting comment on my Wordpress blog the other day. I've added my response at the bottom of this post but but would be interested to hear what others make of it. You can access the blog comment directly by clicking here and maybe leaving your own comment? Blog Comment left ...

A queue of people are waiting to pay their cash into a collection point for Children in Need. On the other side of the wall is Pudsey stashing cash into a giant fruit machine. He pulls the lever and a 'Pudsey' and two 'Invest a/c' tiles appear. There is a loud 'Ker-ching!' echoing around the room. A sign on top of the fruit machine states 'BBC Gambling Incorporated'.

Pudsey stashes away almost 90million pounds! / 14 November 2015

BBC Children in Need, which has raised more than £600million since 1980, has allegedly stashed a large part of this into its investment portfolio instead of giving it directly to those children it claims to collect the money for. BBC Children in Need has £87,705,000 invested in a range of portfolios, ...

A queue of people are waiting to pay their cash into a collection point for Children in Need. On the other side of the wall is Pudsey stashing cash into a giant fruit machine. He pulls the lever and a 'Pudsey' and two 'Invest a/c' tiles appear. There is a loud 'Ker-ching!' echoing around the room. A sign on top of the fruit machine states 'BBC Gambling Incorporated'.

Pudsey stashes away almost 90million pounds! / 14 November 2015

BBC Children in Need, which has raised more than £600million since 1980, has allegedly stashed a large part of this into its investment portfolio instead of giving it directly to those children it claims to collect the money for. BBC Children in Need has £87,705,000 invested in a range of portfolios, ...

A wheelchair user is being bullied by a representative of the Federation of Charities for the Disabled. He is wagging his finger in the disabled person's face and is saying: "And when we want your opinion, we'll tell you what it is!"

Operation Invisible / 5 November 2015

The following has been written by Bob Williams-Findlay, long time disabled activist and academic, who is explaining why Operation Invisible is taking such a firm grip on disabled people's imagination. "What is Operation Invisible? It is a simple idea: to bring together disabled activists and our organisations to produce 'campaign material' ...

Two young disabled people are looking at a notice pinned to the wall alongside of them. The notice says 'Think Positive: we are disabled and proud and we are capable of achieving anything!' The caption under the image says 'Positive Attitudes'.

Removing Barriers / 12 August 2015

A couple of years ago, Toyah Wordsworth, a young disabled woman, commissioned me to create some cartoons for a board game she had devised. The game, 'Removing Barriers', was aimed at raising awarenness about the many barriers that exist in society and that exclude disabled people from full participation in ...

Crippen

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 ...