Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Dale Farm and The Voice of the Bigot

After promises that there would be minimal police intervention in what is essentially a civil matter involving breaches of planning consent, it was these very people who breached a back wall at Dale Farm and started the days chain of events. The whole scenario astounds me. Many people of all creeds and class are involved in planning disputes with their local authorities, both individual home owners and larger corporations. ( Tesco are notorious in flouting the law). It is rare that these people are subjected to the type of vitriol that has been aimed at the Traveling community who call Dale Farm home.

In a more enlightened and accommodating society, in which I hoped we now live, it has. been saddening to hear and read of comments which can only be construed as rascist. In this age it is no longer acceptable for sectors of society to voice shortsighted and ill informed stereotypical opinions against various ethnic groups, but some peoples opinions towards the travelers have left me stunned. All the usual stereotypes have been trotted out- they don't pay tax, they leave rubbish everywhere, they shoplift, they steal etc, etc. One comment on twitter even described them as ' scum'. The residents of Dale Farm are not on trial. The only issue in question is that they have broken terms of planning consent,and that hardly warrants the degree of hatred aimed at them.

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