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
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!!