Monday, September 19, 2011

No Interest In Conflict Resolution, Just In Conflict.

Claude Cahun.

All day BBC radio 5 has been broadcasting on location, about the evictions at Dale Farm, in Basildon, Essex of the travelling community that live there.

Ten years ago local councils stopped providing sites for travellers; Basildon Council encouraged the group to buy their own land.

So they bought a piece of land, which had a scrap yard on it, they cleared this up and the group started to live there, they even got planning permission for half of their land.

Giving their children a good education was the reason the community wanted to settle, but from the minute they got there they had to put up with a lot of abuse.

 Blind, unthinking prejudice against the travelling community is evident in England, just as in other countries around the world.

I am continuously amazed that there is so much prejudice and discrimination against them and there are never any legal sanctions taken to stop this or punish people.

Racial discrimination laws do not seem to cover discrimination against travellers, if people treated any other group of people like they treat them, stiff sanctions would be imposed.

The travelling community are not allowed to live according to their traditions, as they want; they can travel but can’t park up anywhere as they will get moved on instantly.

Before the election last year, The Dale Farm residents were close to reaching a compromise with Basildon Council, since the Coalition Government is in power the talk is only of eviction.

The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have no interest in reaching any compromise; they have no interest in conflict resolution, just in conflict.



Travelogue for the Universe said...

They are power-less in the legal system, where there is more bias. Best wishes to you and have a wonderful week. Love, Mary

Herrad said...

hi mary,
thanks for your comment, you are right everything is stacked against them.
can you imagine the outcry if the council instead of being anti travellers were anti Jewish or Indians.
have a pleasant day.