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Lisa Egan

Writer, blogger and activist

Failed comedian. Failed writer. Failed academic. Occasional blogger. Leftie kinda activist. Telly addict. Speccy, disabled, gay Essex girl currently in Camden.

Why the Dearly Departed CSI Was the Show I Waited for My Whole Life

<i>CSI</i> gave me my childhood wish, even if it didn't happen until I was in my 20s. Here was a coroner who just did his job, happened to be disabled, and it was all just realistic. He was a fully fleshed out character, a little bit odd, but not a single one of the standard disabled screen clichés. <i>CSI</i> was the show I had been waiting for my whole life.
16/10/2015 12:40 BST

An Open Letter to the LGBT+ Community

The miners were probably the hardest hit during that particular 4 year term of office. And it was deeply heartening to hear a story about another oppressed group the government loathed - the LGBT community - coming to the support of others in solidarity just because it was the right thing to do.
24/10/2014 11:48 BST

Taxing Disability

Not satisfied with canning the lowest rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care, or reducing the distance one can walk from 50m to 20m in order to be able to qualify for its successor benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP)...
06/10/2014 12:13 BST

The Big Benefits Row: Where Were the Disabled People?

But given that disabled people are more hit by the cuts than any other group of people; they shouldn't have just kept Sue and Dee in the line-up: They should have had additional disabled people up there too.
06/02/2014 12:01 GMT

I Can't Stand Labour; But I Will Be Voting for Ken

It saddens me that Ken rejoined Labour after serving his first term as London Mayor as an independent candidate. I would feel much happier putting my mark next to his name if he weren't affiliated with a party I have no love for.
01/05/2012 22:56 BST

Why I'm Opposed to the Health and Social Care Bill

I've been one of the NHS's most loyal customers most of my life. Growing up with brittle bones I spent so much of my childhood waiting for X-rays that I could spell "danger" and "radiation" from reading the signs on the door at about the same age that most of my peers were getting to grips with "cat" and "dog."
19/03/2012 22:37 GMT

An Open Letter to David Cameron

Yo Dave! I know you're a bit busy, but I was wondering if you could help me out with something? I like to think I'm fairly clever and that my comprehension is pretty good but I'm having a bit of trouble with the blog post you wrote here on Thursday.
05/03/2012 21:58 GMT

Disability Benefits and Soggy Fireworks

I may not be the world's greatest numbers person, but I still understand enough economics to know that the financial crisis had nothing to do with disabled people claiming benefits. But when you're constantly under attack it grinds you down and really forces you to question your self-worth.
26/02/2012 23:03 GMT

Welfare Reform Bill's Assault on Disabled People - Why I Protested This Weekend

On Saturday afternoon I, along with a couple of hundred other people, spent two hours sitting in the middle of the road at Oxford Circus. Why? To draw attention to the cruelty of the government's assault on disabled people in the Welfare Reform Bill, which finishes its journey through parliament this coming week.
29/01/2012 22:28 GMT