The Travellers, Part 2: Britain's Day of Shame. STOP PRESS! 11TH HOUR RELIEF AS HIGH COURT BLOCKS EVICTIONS!!!

Travellers accuse government of ethnic cleansing

Situation on knife-edge as the balliffs wait.
Situation on knife-edge as the balliffs wait.

Cameron. ACT NOW to prevent bloodshed!!!

Since I wrote this sad story early today, reason has triumphed temporarilly at least and the High Court has issued an injuction in the 11th hour, (6pm today) blocking Basildon Council and its baying balliffs from evicting the travellers until further hearing can be heard this week.

Is this Ethnic Cleasing in England?

Monday, September 19. Like prisoners on death row, the final appeals have run out for the freedom-loving "Travellers," who prefer a lifestyle which allows them to up and leave should the whim take them, something embedded in our genes since we were hunter-gatherers.

As news helicopters hover as I write and scores of protesters apprehensively wait, some chained by the neck to the entrances of the ex dump the travellers have called home for more than ten years, police and bailiffs by the hundreds are organizing an affront to serve eviction notices on the people. In British law, a Bailiff may not enter your home to assess your saleable property unless you say OK, but he may gain entry by an unlocked door or window which you are not guarding. In the case of the travellers, their property is not a consideration and the place will be bulldozed when vacant; the only interest is destroying it and getting the residents out; many will have to do so with just the clothes on their backs as no real effort has been made to house them of take any interest in their future.

Even in the last moments a reprieve could be granted by who some consider is a budding dictator, David Cameron, who is starting to run this nation like his personal fiefdom and acting like a huge frog indeed in this tiny, muddied pond. He has given his, and the administration's backing, to the ouster from the beginning, in fact it was the philosophy of backing the wealthy and the local property owners, over any rights the travellers might have earned by their long stay, which encouraged Essex Basildon Council to get the courts to act.

It is 8:33 on a sunny Autumn morning here in another part of Essex where I live. The bailiffs are expected at 10:00 am. Travellers being interviewed on live TV this moment are promising the bailiffs won't get easy access. Many people all over the country are begging for the Prime Minister to scrap this insane plan which may well end in severe injury and death. The site looks more like a prisoner of war camp at the moment with rudimentary barriers blocking the entrances and last minute pleas being broadcast on all the TV channels.

All these people really want is a site to put their trailers on where they are left alone. England is a small country, but there are hundreds of private estates owned by the "landed gentry" with thousands of hectares just for the pleasure of two or three owners.

The government is insisting in levelling the travellers down to the lifestyle of everyone else (the poor or working class), which means trying to get on this insane “property ladder;“ buy a small house and become part of the taxation classes who pay through the nose from dawn to dusk: land taxes, council taxes, high utility bills, taxes to run the car and all the taxes involved with buying just about everything here.

There is, of course, two sides to the question, but if these people have to go, there must be a better way to have them obey the law of the land. But the law here will always protect the wealthy and the businesses which, in turn, help the government. This is especially true when a Conservative government is in power. The past Labour administration allowed these people to stay and entrench to the level they have.

A more benign hand would have thought of a less confrontational way of easing the situation. The choleric Cameron only sees one way: head-on with all the powers of police and bailiffs (read pond slime). This nation is watching in fascination and terror right now to see what happens later this morning and I will write the ending to this story on this article later today, or conclude with an up date if the matter meets a reprieve....Hold the phone!!

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PaulGoodman67 5 years ago from Florida USA

Great to hear an update from our 'HubPages reporter on the ground'! It sounds like a very tense situation, to say the least!


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Little Nell 5 years ago from Somerset, UK

It used to be that the government or local authority could only move people on if they had somewhere legal to go. There does not seem to be this requirement anymore and there is no regard for these travellors' welfare. This government is creating "outlaws" who will join the increasing army of the dispossessed, homeless and unemployed whose only means of keeping alive will be by crime. This is, after all the government that criminalised the feeding of the homeless in Central London, thus making the Salvation Army, who were running soup kitchens into criminals. Roll on the revolution! Bring back the guillotine!


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Aye, Bob, it seems the power seekers are rising across the pond just as our pond scum oboma is attempting here.

Imagine the travelers being like Americans, a gun behind each blade of grass, I'm sure it would turn to a blood bath. I see no reason that this should be happening and expect a price will be paid both sides of the line. It's sad to see and America should take heed. It can happen here.

The town I was born in, one and all thrown out by a strip mine that they worked for. Our house was taken for a token sum and we were forced out and it was mined for copper. My dad owned it out right, save for the mineral rights, our belongings and enough for a down payment was all we took away, the rest bulldozed a set fire behind us. Money indeed the root of evil. Those who complained into the courts were fired from their jobs.

I'm glad you are writing this and giving me a peek to find your system is as broken as ours.

Peace,

Dusty


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rmichaelf 5 years ago from North Central West Virginia, where the green grass grows...

It's truly frightening to watch "Conservatives", no matter from where, rule. When I think of the past ones who have ruled the US, all the way back to Kennedy, it brings shivers to remember how ignorant they have been... ignorant in the sense of unknowing. With blinders they make their decisions as they send us on down the road of humankind;s destruction. An interesting movie on this with some interesting and useful information:

http://ethosthemovie.com/filmdownload.html

The outcome here is of little doubt, with a leader who is merely carrying out the interests of money and profit. We are in a dismal state: for history students; this must be what the preamble to the dark ages felt like...


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rmichaelf 5 years ago from North Central West Virginia, where the green grass grows...

Dusty,

To focus your attention on "our pond scum obama" only distracts from the root problem. Obama did not 'doze your house down, nor rape the land for its wealth. You only polarize the state of matters further by wearing the same blinders as Cameron and his ilk.

It is the Corporate citizen, big money, the profit motive which is the culprit(s)... as long as we allow ourselves to be distracted by a face, we will continue to be raped.

The answer lies not in a gun behind every blade of grass, but an educated mind behind every action. To lose your home and way of life is far too high a price for what the consevative (uneducated) call progress.

I urge you: watch the film and share it. Become a voice in the wilderness.

namaste,


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

rmichaelf, thanks for the link, I'll watch it. I thank not to engage me on anothers comment section, not to be rude, but you can contact me direct through Hub Pages this is not a forum for debate. peace dust,

Sorry Bob.

Dusty


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Thanks all. Please note changes in story as reason prevails and the British High court issues a last second injunction 30 minutes ago blocking Basildon and the bailiffs from entering the site or evicting the Travellers!!!!!!


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

I think that the travelling lifestyle has a lot going for it and that nomadic peoples should be accepted and respected as part of society.

Of course, they must pay for their facilities, as the rest of us do, and they should not leave their camp-sites ~ often local parks, for example ~ in a filthy state, as some of them do.

Surely, we can all come up with a compromise.

I haven't read about this Basildon instance, but I'm guessing that the problem with this particular site probably relates to planning permission.


writeronline 5 years ago

Being from that (reputationally)egalitarian land down under, I can't comment on this content, Bob - except to wonder, isn't England the place that gave the world the concept of 'squatter's rights'? Not that I agree with those -just wondering aloud really.

What I did want to say was, "Go the HP defender of the people's rights!" You've got fire and brimstone searing off the page - great stuff, which also goes to show, good journos never atrophy with age, they just harden up.

Cheers.


diogenes 5 years ago

Hi Trish. Yes, planning permission: granted regularly to rich property developers who eat into the green belt all the time. "Pay like the rest of us do." Who are the rest of us, Trish? The man who owns a mansion and employs skilful accountants in order not to pay his dues, or Mr and Mrs Ordinary Citizen, nailed to the floor by fear and convention and having to do as they are told all their lives? There is no compromise by Conservatives, do as they say or go to jail. Bob


diogenes 5 years ago

Hi WOL. Nice comment...they harden up in the wrong places though! Bob


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Nothing changed from the nightmare of old Thatcher. I hope the Union runs them out on the 30 November. They promised them a general strike. HA I still ponder how they got in again. I have a few ideas. I can't see it after the all the senarios the country had. They destroyed every major industry. Now she wants a STATE FUNERAL. The nerve. Yet, I wouldn't be a bit surprise she'll get it. Oh, well, Bob, take care.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hello Hanna...how's your craic? (Irish salute). Yes, but we'll happily pay to bury the old trout, like we pay for all the establishment's frolics. Bob


writeronline 5 years ago

"....harden up in the wrong places though...."

Probably wanna get that sorted before you go back on the dating sites trail.. :)

What was that great Mae West line? Oh yeah, "A good man is hard to find. And vice versa"

Cheers


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi WOL...Yeah, I heard that. Actually, it's more convenient like this; not besieged by early morning "piss proud" nuisance, and should another love come along (ahem) well, just pop a viagra!

Maybe this is too much information! Rock on, Aussie


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi WOL...Yeah, I heard that. Actually, it's more convenient like this; not besieged by early morning "piss proud" nuisance, and should another love come along (ahem) well, just pop a viagra!

Maybe this is too much information! Rock on, Aussie

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