Dale Farm (not the yoghurt)

Tomorrow there will probably be a mass eviction of 86 traveller families at Dale Farm, Basildon, despite the opposition of bodies like Amnesty International and the UN’s expert on minority rights.
This eviction will apparently cost £18 million. Not a misprint. £209,302 plus change for every family evicted. About ten year’s wages at £20k, which is well above minimum wage. Financial crisis, my bum. There seems to plenty of spare public money for racial harassment. (Which, as far as I understand it, makes Basildon Council an international rogue council and potentially fair game for some sort of international invasion task force.)
If the historical parallels of where the new Euroracism seems to be heading aren’t clear enough, look at jewify.com. They’ve had the brilliant idea of rewriting newspaper pages and headlines by replacing words like “gypsy” and “traveller” with the word “Jew”.
Just look at the headline examples on the home page. I hope your blood runs cold.

4 thoughts on “Dale Farm (not the yoghurt)

  1. So, is it your view that green belt restrictions
    (i) should never be enforced
    (ii) should be enforced against some ethnic groups but not others?

    If it’s (ii), who is being racist here?

  2. This has bugger all to do with green belt. In fact, it exemplifies the way that concepts such as “sustainability” and “ecology” can easily be turned into justifications for authoritarianism as soon as bureaucracies get their hands on the ideas. The greenwashing is close to bringing concern for the planet into disrepute.
    Are Basildon Council unique in England in never granting greenbelt planning permission to developers? Do they launch massive actions against every resident who puts up an unplanned shed?
    This issue has almost nothing to do with preserving greenbelt land. In any case, there are reports suggesting that the area was apparently previously landfill.
    I see this action and the anti-traveller campaigns as symptomatic of a trend in English society towards social repression. There are no longer any margins for travellers to travel in.
    In any case. your implication that planning regulations should take precedence over human rights includes such absurd conclusions as that it would be OK to forcibly shift homeless people from their doorways,. given that their makeshift shelters might contravene environmental protection laws.
    Apart from the fact that it is only the perceived “ethnicity” of the travellers (temporarily but absurdly assuming that living in a caravan is an “ethnicity”) that has got some local residents so riled and led the council to treat these people as semi-human, I can’t see what ethnicity has to do with it.
    Using the full force of the law to disperse squatter camps is a pretty widespread around the planet – carried out by and to people of all ethnicities. And using whatever legal pretext they can find.
    The UN Minority rights group and Amnesty International oppose such activities wherever they take place. Or is Essex somehow outside the reach of international law?

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