Later today at 8:00 BST, bailiffs will move in to evict people from Dale Farm, the UK’s largest traveller site. This comes after a long struggle by residents and activists to halt the eviction of over 400 people from the piece of land near Crays Hill, Essex.
My heart goes out to those people…
Does it make you more comfortable ignoring the fact that most of the families on this site are incredibly wealthy, partly from government subsidy and partly from work of their own and not reciprocating to the hand that feeds? While you may think that they are somehow anti-establishment, they are bigger capitalists than most and probably collectively wealthy enough to purchase the land off its owner. But why bother doing that? May as well just build a housing development in Eire instead and further exploit the pansy human rights sentiment of the UK, getting richer selling properties in Ireland whilst defending (and in doing so, bizarrely being supported) their rights to sponge in this country.
They’re not ‘travellers’, that banner is long expired; ten years. I’ve moved house several times since 2001 so am technically more seasoned a traveller than they. Playing the minority card is no longer applicable when you are a traveller in name only.
Money has nothing to do with this. This is racism pure and simple. Basildon Council want to get rid of the residents of Dale Farm because they are Travellers. They do own the land the site it built upon, the families got together to raise the funds to purchase the land for the purpose of living on.
The issue is that the site doesn’t have planning permission. Something that 90% of all Travellers who apply fail to recieve. The level of discrimination in the planning office against Travellers is absurb.
Nowhere did I say this was “anti-establishment”. This isn’t revolutionary. This isn’t going to bring around some beautiful Anarchist Utopia. This is about people’s homes. The residents of Dale Farm don’t deserve to be evicted just because Basildon Council don’t want them in their area.
If you think Traveller is defined by how much you travel, then it shows how little you know about this subject. Traveller is a catch-all term for Irish Traveller and Roma families, which populate Dale Farm. You don’t need to be a traveller to be a Traveller.