Month: November 2010

‘Alex Jones and Sean Lock’… One Clanger Jones!

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Alex Jones and Sean Locke

Sean chats previous jobs, including working in a kitchen in a psychiatric unit …

Alex asserts that that experience must have given him plenty of material.

Sean disagrees and ignores…


Crippen looks at the experience of protest gained by disabled people

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29 November 2010

Crippen's cartoon about the experience of disabled protestersCrippen’s US cartoon


A Day of Mourning for the Welfare State, Justice and Equality has been arranged to co-incide with the royal wedding on Friday 29th April, 2011 at 1400 hrs. This is just one of the expressions of outrage being expressed by people effected by the cuts to education, housing, public transport, the NHS, the Welfare State and much more.

Whilst bankers and speculators celebrate another year of profit and Tory and LibDem politicians congratulate themselves on having continued to fool the vast majority of the public, students and school children, teachers and lecturers, trades unionists, disabled activists, mums and dads, grandparents, NHS staff, public transport workers, Local Government workers, etc., all continue to unite their voices in protest.

Disabled people are also taking to the streets like never before, fighting back against the claims that they are responsible for the state that the country is in by fraudulantly claiming benefits that they are not entitled to. Scapegoated once again by a government determined to distract people away from where the blame really lies. Which is why they view this royal wedding as such a good thing – more televised opiate for the masses!

Regular Crips, who used to look at Disabled activists as a different species altogether are now joining with us to protest against the unfairness of the government’s slash and burn tactics. We need this new energy that these newcomers are bringing to the fight. Many of us, having been protesting and fighting for Civil Rights for more years than we care to remember welcome this infusion of new blood.

Unfortunately though, not all protesters see things this way. Although united in their stand against the ConDem’s devisive policies, many non-disabled protesters still don’t understand that Disabled people have just as much right to protest as they do. This has manifested itself in inaccessible venues being chosen for protest meetings, no provision being made to allow us to transcribe information into alternative formats, no accessible transport being arranged to travel with others to different areas of the country, etc.

If anything, we have more right to be on the front lines of this current period of protest. We’ve been the ones, albeit not receiving much coverage in the press, who have been fighting consistently against oppression in these forms since the first World War. We are the one’s who, having amassed a great deal of knowledge around civil disobedience campaigns can bring a whole wealth of experience to this current fight.

We’re not asking for ‘special’ allowances to be made, just that our right to protest with other members of society is acknowledged. Because, let’s face it, this is basically what we’re all protesting about anyway – the right for everyone to be treated equally, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, impairment, age or ethnicity and with full access to education, housing, health care, employment and retirement without a few fat cats siphoning off all the cream!

To all of you non-disabled protesters out there, look upon Disabled people as a resource, rich in experience and networked into thousands of other Crips all around the world.

Together we can change society into a fairer, more equal place to live.

News that GP’s win only 4% of NHS cash. Is this Good or Bad News for Mental Health?

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GPs frozen out of community services

Government figures show GPs have won just 4% of almost £10bn worth of NHS cash being divested as part of controversial moves to formally separate PCTs commissioning and provider arms by April 2011.

Merton charity wants birthday volunteer boost.

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A mental health charity is aiming to celebrate its birthday by boosting volunteer numbers.

The Merton branch of the Association for Pastoral Care in Mental Health (APCMH) is looking for help to expand its befriending service to mark the organisation’s 20th birthday next year. More volunteers are needed to hit APCMH’s target of providing the service in the homes of 50 clients.

‘Mutterings On Closing Down’ by dawn.

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How Deafening must I be,

Before You can hear me?


How Colourful must I be,

Before You will see me?


How Dead must I be,

Before You will, Know Me?

Breaking News: Clegg refuses to give children Xmas presents despite promises

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Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister for the Coalition government, has sensationally refused to give his children any Christmas presents this year despite promises being made for lots of presents in April.

Nick Clegg also revealed that he never had any intention of giving his children Christmas presents and made the promise so they would behave themselves and vote for him for the Daddies Sauce Dad of the Year award previously won by John TerryRead on: