Anorak | The Battle For Dale Farm: Racism, Green Belt Snobs, The UN, Human Right And Vanessa Bloody Redgrave

The Battle For Dale Farm: Racism, Green Belt Snobs, The UN, Human Right And Vanessa Bloody Redgrave

by | 31st, August 2011

THE residents of Dale Farm, Crays Hill, Essex, will have to leave the country’s largest unauthorised traveller site. The travellers, Pavees, had applied for a temporary injunction to stop Basildon Borough Council evicting the families from Dale Farm in Essex from midnight. The case hinged on the circumstances of 72-year-old Mary Flynn who suffers breathing problems and uses an electric nebuliser. Given how the country treats its ill and old, this was a flawed ploy.

The bailiffs are coming. The travellers promise a bloody and violent fight.

The travellers own the land. But the council says a large chunk of the six-acre Dale Farm has been developed without planning permission. They have applied for approval. But they never get it.

Says resident Mary O’Brien to the Sun :

“If they come in with bulldozers we will put up a fight. We are part of the community and we do no harm but there is a small element which is determined to see the back of us. Why should we just stand by and see our homes destroyed? All this will do is move us 50 yards down the road and it will be a huge waste of public money. These are our homes – we are not going to go without a fight. It will be bloody and violent.”

Nora Sheridan, 40, told media:

“The bailiffs can bring body bags. If we lose today, that’s what’s going to happen.”

The Sun says ther are 240 residents. Sky News sees 50 families. The Times sees 80 families. Time magazine counts 1,000 people. One speaks out:

The government says, ‘You can’t travel.’ They move us on every day or two. And then they say, ‘You can’t stay,’” says Kathleen McCarthy, 48, who has been living at Dale Farm for a decade. “We can’t stay. We can’t go. So where in this society do travelers have right? Animals have more rights.”

Gypsies are lower than animals in the eyes of officialdom. For others Muslims and black are the low water line:

Jane Flynn, a mother of four, said: “Just yesterday a resident gave birth to a child. “Many of us have brought up our families here. We are Essex people and if a council was trying to do this to black or Muslim people there would be outrage.”

What says the council?

Tony Ball, leader of Basildon council, said they would do that only after giving the Travellers a starting date. “Direct action to clear Dale Farm is a last resort … and we take it reluctantly – but after almost 10 years of legal wrangling and exhausting the judicial process the Travellers have left us with absolutely no choice, they have broken the law, which we are duty bound to uphold. And this is what we believe the vast majority of local people expect us to do.”

The Morning Star spots some celebrity stardust:

Actor and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave also visited the site and warned that “lives will be ruined” if the planned eviction goes ahead. “The whole situation is really about planning – there’s no crime that has been committed,” she said. “Evicting these families would be totally unreasonable and irresponsible. The council has said there are no alternatives but there are alternatives.” Basildon council said that Ms Redgrave’s visit changed nothing and negotiations were still ongoing to find a solution.

Says Redgrave, who also says she will live

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