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The Traveller's Evictions Pt 4: This Sad Farce Unfolds

Updated on October 19, 2011

18 Million spent so far for an old scrap yard!

Police reach the heights in a cherry picker to arrest demonstrators at Dale Farm Oct 19
Police reach the heights in a cherry picker to arrest demonstrators at Dale Farm Oct 19

Is This Really Ethnic Cleansing in the UK?

We were treated to a disgusting display today of the agents of the wealthy establishment using overwhelming force to move in on the shabby enclave of the Travellers - the gypsies who occupy the Dale Farm site in Essex, England.

As I write, a few protesters are still in place, chained to the underneath of vehicles as officers in full riot gear scrabble in the dirt to extract them. Many other who were cuffed to the scaffold at the entry gate were removed throughout the afternoon by police and bailiffs using a huge cherry picker and a crane complete with iron cage!

There looked to be in excess of 300 officers plus another 200 or so bailiffs. Police were seen using tasers and several travellers were taken to hospital, although the violence level was thankfully police or bailiffs were injured by nightfall today (Wednesday, 19 October).

The whole affair is so patently ridiculous when you examine the situation carefully. The site is divided into two areas, one legal, the other "illegal." Note that the residents have actually bought the land on both areas. Much of the "illegal" area has sites which are legal and permissible; many of the travellers have also just moved laterally to the legal side, making that area badly overcrowded.

The eviction proceeded with astonished kids looking on; mothers and babies fleeing in terror; activists helping the travellers festooned all over the entrance to the site, chained to trucks, scaffolding and each other; news agencies from many places shoving microphones into any face that looks like it might have an opinion.

Dozens of emergency vehicles: ambulances, police cruisers, fire engines, "black Marias," (prison transport buses) and the bailiff's vans litter the streets outside the gate, while the whole was set off by fires burning inside the site and the cries of those being harried by the police.

Bizarrely, activists were calling Sky and BBC News all day and holding live interviews by cell phone! It is only too obvious that the newsworthiness of the event and the number of reporters and cameramen present are contributing to holding the government forces in check and having them stick more or less to their mandate.

This is costing upwards of eighteen million pounds! Enough to buy a decent house for all the families involved. But, hey! Can't do that, not fair to everyone else!

We had a saying when I was in the navy which says, more or less, this government wouldn't give you the cheese found under your foreskin! The British establishment has never understood generosity, except to themselves and those who prop them up (principally, bankers). Anyone reading just a few chapters of British history will be appalled at the meanness, cruelty and greed of the so-called upper classes; much worse in past time than today of course.

This has been called ethnic cleansing, and to an extent it is so. Too many ordinary British citizens see the Gypsies as trash to be driven around from pillar to post and not allowed to settle anywhere. Most who actually got to know them in their site at Dale Farm saw this to be patently untrue. They are just very poor and not terribly well educated and who have found it impossible to get good jobs or have any hope of getting on to this blasted "property ladder." Otherwise, they are normal families who love their kids and their aged; they shop locally and have helped the economy of the community in Basildon. Their kids all go to local schools and are doing as well as their peers. Yes, some are on welfare, but so is a big percentage of everyone else in modern Britain.

So what have the government achieved by ten years of persecution and denial, followed by this mad-hatter's tea party?

At least 23 people have been arrested; the land will never become green belt again: the irony is that although some of the residents can be evicted for erecting buildings on their land without planning permission, (retroactive planning IS granted to a large percentage of householders, but hardly at all to travellers), the officials and bailiffs cannot remove their fences round their land, nor the concrete pads and streets they have put down!

They can come back and sit on the cleared land they own and contemplate the arrant and criminal stupidity of this inflexible system that allows bankers to bankrupt a nation and walk away without penalty and just prepare to do the same again; the power-mad effete unwisely plunge the country into foreign wars; politicians who attempt all sorts of evasion when they are caught fiddling their own expenses for millions, while 80 marginalized and desperate folk are hounded from the only little piece of dirt they wanted to call their own - and it was dreary land that no one else wanted!.

The wealthy Cameron, and his Oxbridge gang of thugs, along with the local council chiefs in cahoots with the courts; and all who conspired to deny these poor wretches even a modicum of the goodies the uppah crust all take for granted, YOU STINK!!

Just see if you get re-elected, at least Labour left them in place and turned a sensible blind-eye, refusing to allow evictions.

Shakespeare called the law “an ass,” this is especially true here where a judge could have given the travellers further relief.

Human rights advocates throughout Europe are infuriated with this outcome and we have not heard the last of this business by a long chalk.

More if appropriate later.


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      thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

      This is true here in the Philippines. Those local residents who can't afford to pay taxes are evicted from their places in favor of big businessmen from other countries.

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Dusty: You have that wonderful country with space for all, still. We have nearly 1000 people per square mile now and still immigrants flood in. Europe is the miner's canary of the world and teetering over collapse...Bob

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Bob, thanks for the update. I think there are coming times this sort of action will take place in the US. O bama needs one more term to finish his inciting of class warfare, he's got it simmering with the Wall Street ordeal only it's misdirected right now and many are their getting paid by unions to be there. NYC is expending 80,000 dollars a day to over see it and my last count was 3 million 400 thousand dollars that should have been spent feeding the needy instead of middle class fat ass white people who don't need any help with the basics. Only a small spattering of minorities and homeless, so I don't get it and neither do the protesters. Obamas ties with the under the table contributions has incited class warfare here to get free time in the news for campaign purposes, and nearer the cold of winter setting in it will magically cured by some plan that obama will claim, I hope Americans see through it as smoke and mirrors,


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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Hi Hanna: You need to read CJStone's hub to really understand what's behind conservative philosophy (read greed and protectionism of the landed wealthy and their playmates).

      This Thatcherism all over again by a choleric, lying PM who is truly dangerous to the working man. You will see union busting next and more riots with the police really becoming violent. Bob

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      This is the worst government I've ever seen. Gosh that Cameron. Is he stupid or drunk or both? the stuff he non-stop. Why doesn't he evict the illegal immigrants or those coming out of prison. No because they don't want them back and he is worried he might not get those 'contracts' 'inclusive' from their countries. Looking forward to the EU debate tomorrow.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      This was a well designed and functioning community, WOL,,bearing in mind the funds available to the residents. You will see many young people in trailers soon as they can't get on the property ladder. We have to cater for the poor and uneducated in this country. Heck, millions live in trailers in the states and there is NO prejudice, just in this mean spirited nation...Bob

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      writeronline 6 years ago

      Hi Bob, this is powerful stuff. Isn't it tragic how our perspective as a society has become so warped that 'human values' mean nothing in comparison to 'property values'? It's all good to blame the politicians and the wealthy establishment, but it has to be said that thousands of 'ordinary people', who have bought into the property ladder as the means to, and the measure of, a sucessful life, will be feeling the exact opposite to you, as they watch the authorities preserving their right to live in neighbourhoods uncluttered by human detritus, and its unseemly caravans and shacks.

      Keep on tellin 'em they're wrong Bob.

      PS: We all react in different ways. I've updated my satirical piece aboutthe Queen at Guildhall, to reflect (my view of) her views on The 99% and Occupy Britain, but I'm sorry, she didn't have room for the Gypsies..(groan..)

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      We call them Gypsies as we refer to the Jews as "Jews." The reality is the Gypsy blood - and race - has been so diluted, the title is a convenience only. What they are is a rag-tag collection of generally poor and badly educated people who can't afford a better life than they have with their caravans. Since Thatcher, this nation has had no compassion for the poor: not the administrations or, sadly, the people of Britain...Bob

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      Little Nell 6 years ago from Somerset, UK

      Spot on, diogenes, as usual. Down my way in the West Country, gipsies who buy their own land generally seem to be able to stay on their illegal - in the planning sense - encampments as there is little point in moving them off land they own only to have them squat - because they have to go somewhere - on someone elses. It causes a lot of tension but if the encampments are small it seems to work. Dale Farm is huge and this may be the problem for the authorities. I totally agree with your view about ethnic cleansing. This whole episode is disgusting. Gipsies are arriving in huge numbers from Eastern Europe and this problem is set to get a lot worse

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Well, Britain is the mouse that roared to the States I am sure. We punch above our weight, but the blows are too often below the belts of the marginalized...Bob

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Old Poolman: At least in the USA thousands live happily in trailers without incurring the wrath and jealousy as is the case in bitter Britain. We have similar economic problems, but there is much more meanness here...Bob

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      They own the land legally, Will, but made "improvements" without planning permision. It's actually easier to evict them than squatters under British law. They can still use the land which has roads and fences the council can't touch. Now, the land is in limbo; not green belt, not to be used for dwellings, but still owned by the gypsies. Madness! Bob

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      mikelong 6 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

      Our limited media (at least the "mainstream" types) haven't discussed this issue at all, even though they claim to be "bringing in news from around the world"...

      I am interested in learning more about what is going on over there.

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      I guess being separated by an ocean doesn't make two countries that much different. Although I am not familiar with some of the things you wrote about, this trend seems to be getting more popular worldwide.

      Very interesting hub.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      One question: Why would the police be evicting people off their own land? What's that all about?

      I could understand why they were being evicted if they were squatting on public or private property.