ETHNIC CLEANSING, UK STYLE
At midnight tonight the processes towards a mass eviction of Irish Travellers - the Pavee - will begin at Dale Farm, near Basildon in Essex. It will cost Basildon Council £18,000,000 to forcibly move the 86 families from land that they own and it will dump them at the edge of the highway with absolutely no provision having been made for their post-eviction accommodation.
Current government policy concerning site provision has withdrawn from county councils the responsibility for providing Gypsy and Traveller sites (on which the residents pay rent and council tax). Instead they require that the Gypsies and Travellers themselves apply for planning permission in parity with anyone who wishes to develop their own land for residential purposes. To date, 90% of planning applications on the part of Gypsies and Travellers have been turned down.
This what an eviction looks like. It took place in Chelmsford, Essex, in 2004. Once Dale Farm has been cleared, county councils up and down the British Isles will take heart and, reinforced by government policy and legislation, they will evict illegally encamped Gypsies and Travellers with no thought as to the consequences.