At the End of the Day

I do try in these pieces to avoid ending the day on a sour note. In this case, I fear a merciless piss-take is the only option open to me….but the bitterness will still peek through.

If you were trying to find a group to defend, I doubt if many people would choose the UK’s ragtag community known (for some reason) as Travellers. But if you were were hell-bent on such a lost cause, I’d be staggered if you then chose Vanessa Redgrave as your cheerleader. One could call such a plan the incomprehensible being hired to defend the indefensible.

Let’s take each element in turn.

Gypsy communities have been making a nuisance of themselves for decades in Britain. I’ve come into contact with them three times, and in each case burglary, theft from oil tanks, and varietal friction with the indigenous community have been the result. Having rebranded themselves as ‘Travellers’, the choice of collective noun is itself steeped in ironic hypocrisy: far from wanting to travel, most of these people appear to be determined to settle…and become leeches upon those unfortunate enough to find them as neighbours.

The most recent media event Travellers have created concerns the dispute with Basildon Council about a post-build planning permission. Being very naughty indeed, Basildon refuses to recognise an illegal build clearly designed to take advantage of mad New Labour pc ideas about the rainbow of multiculturalism…aka, owning land – and then using a hastily built khazi to steal building rights on it from the community. I recognise this tactic only too well: as I do the tales of local people being threatened into silence.

Once upon a time, real gypsies worked in fairgrounds and became travelling entertainers. I remember fairs employing such people when I was a kid. They had a mysterious, curly-haired, earring-sporting exotic air to them – but little in the way of a threatening nature. All that changed when the fairs and circuses lost out to cinema and the telly during the 1960s. Since then, soi-disant travellers have become adept at exploiting the insanity of extreme multiculturalism….and the increasingly stretched tolerance of the British.

This morning I watched a BBCNews channel slot about the case. Invited to explain why Basildon’s final decision to evict the gypsies was a heinous crime against human rights and worthy of a war crimes tribunal in the the Hague, a central-casting agitprop pillock spent ten minutes of precious airtime answering searching questions with unconnected answers.

So, the anchor asked, given that 99.9% of the local community would like these Travellers to travel elsewhere, what did they have to complain about? Travellers have been given a raw deal by local authorities through the centuries, the calm dissembler answered.

So, the anchor asked in turn, what do you say to the evidence given of nakedly ignoring planning rules, casual crime, and threats that have accompanied the gypsies’ stay in Basildon? All such cases involving bona fide travellers can be traced back to bigotry and the sort of racial prejudice this country is supposed to oppose, the propagandist snided.

What, one wonders, is a bona fide traveller?

Anyway, enter the adorable Vanessa Redgrave. A luvvie, a rich upper middle class woman who – aside from the carefully negotiated luxury caravan on set – has never seen the inside of the travelling life.

Let me relate a brief anecdote about Ms Redgrave. Returning home to West London seven years ago, I walked past Vanessa shaking hands and saying goodbye to a group of dumpy left-wing Wimmin who were clearly in awe of her. Turning over quietly at the kerbside was an enormous grey Bentley, and as I passed the group, Vanessa Redgrave said to this adoring knot of activists, “Can I give any of you a lift home?”

I laughed out loud, my mirth attracting a glance of pure vitriol from the famous actress. But the episode sort of sums up what she is about: interference in the lives of those she cannot really help, doesn’t understand, but nevertheless wants to use as an example of why the life that has been of such benefit to her is appallingly evil, and must be wiped from history.

Today I also watched as Redgrave wittered on to hordes of scribblers and snappers about how Basildon Council had behaved disgracefully from start to finish. So disgracefully, in fact, that it had served the needs and wishes of its constituents against those of interlopers with no loyalty to the community beyond what it could scrounge off the inhabitants.

The Redgrave dynasty is similar to that of Harriet Harman’s forebears, the Longfords: always on the wrong side, always unable to analyse the facts in a balanced manner, and forever convinced that they are right – while the rest of us poor pygmies are deluded by vicious media determined to do down anyone out of the ordinary.

No motive for that media persecution is ever produced. But one thing really is for sure: only Heaven can help anyone in a Socialist State who dares to be out of the ordinary.

19 thoughts on “At the End of the Day

  1. Crime generally travels by car (the swag-bag carrying cad in a striped top looking like bad santa is a stereotype!). These people are a nightmare for the police because their cars are 100% untraceable.

    For a good proportion of superstore push-outs, fuel forecourt drive-offs and general failing to stops, there’s a good chance one of these unregistered, untaxed, uninsured rust buckets isn’t far from the fray. It was very tempting to say ‘all’ but I don’t like to generalize.


  2. This book explains very well the Leftist mindset of morons like Vanessa Redgrave, Hattie Hatemen and many others in the socialist Labour Party:

    Erif Hoffer’s book “True Believers” (mentioned in the write up) is also excellent and explains how the causes these people support are entirely interchangeable, just so long as they’re busy destroying everything and expressing their hatred of freedom, democracy and The West.


  3. Ever since I first had experience of these people I have tried very hard to retain a balanced view which seeks to ensure I don’t display or even think in a way which could be crass or ignorant. Unfortunately the only result of all those years of being determined to think as a rational human being is that I now have a deeply ingrained anger which will not be quietened.

    You only have to see ‘their’ area set up at places like the Epsom races to see the Mercedes, BMW’s and yes, Bentley’s all parked alongside the caravans, (temporarily in use for effect) to know just how many of our elderly and confused residents have been tricked and bullied into parting with their savings for the roof to be ‘fixed’ or the drive uselessly laid with cold tarmac, so that these ‘Gypy’s’ can live a life most of us could never even aspire to.

    I don’t suppose for one minute that all of them are thieving, aggressive bullies. But all of the one’s I have experienced close up have been and Mercedes and BMW cars don’t grow on trees.

    You have to be a singularly unsuccessful ‘Traveller’ to be using rust buckets to drive around in today. They I think are wheeled out for effect as and when needed.

    As to the effect their charming offspring can have on a local school, best not discussed in this day and age.

    Before New Labour’s dirty tricks these people were very difficult to take on and they are now effectively untouchable. Whatever else we use as an excuse to hate Blair, Brown, Prescott and the other vile Labourites for; this is their most enduring legacy and will probably be impossible to ever balance.

    Definitely not good for my blood pressure even thinking about this and who will blame Basildon when they inevitably crack under the pressure that is yet to come their way. I don’t see Cameron taking up the baton, do you?


  4. Some years ago I had the misfortune to witness a massive clear-up operation after a large “travelling” community had, at last, been moved on after eleven years of illegal squatting. The local authority had to hire in a contractor for the job who, in turn, had to provide portakabin offices, lay on electricity and phone lines for the duration of the work, and use specialist plant and vehicles for sorting the waste. Lorry load after lorry load was taken away, tons of earth sorted (one of the contractors said to me privately that one of the biggest concerns was the possibility of unearthing dead bodies), burnt out scrapped vehicles carted away, thousands of tyres removed, and hundreds of gas cylinders returned, many of which had had their brass valves taken out – the cashing in of which would have added to the “travellers'” meagre stipend, I suppose.

    The “travellers” were then given a piece of land a mile or so away on a beautiful estuary site adjacent to the grounds of a well-known National Trust historic house …. and they are now in the process of crapping all over that one too. Nearby businesses have had their mains electricity cables ripped out and stolen, a calor gas dealer suffers repeated thefts of gas bottles … I could go on but had better draw a discreet veil.

    Oh – and the local law-abiding residents paid for all this through their council tax.

    The message for the “travellers” could not be clearer – if you want to settle in a community, accept the community’s rules: you are no more a special case than the existing residents.


  5. All your chickens have come home to roost with this one John. As an ex County councillor I came into contact with these people, on a weekly basis. They know the law inside out,break it on a daily basis,steal land,peoples rights,and even the police give them a wide birth,because of the guns they have. A famous authoress who who also owned a printing company was a friend of mine,and suggested to me that we should find them more land. When I said that we could site them on some of her land,out of sight of the house,she was horrified. Oh no she replied,I want them a long way from my property. Not in my back yard comes to mind.


  6. I have had dealings with these people at various times throughout my life – the first and most impressionable was when I was about 8 years old. Approached by a group of them they demanded I give them my watch – I didn’t and I was (I discovered) a much faster runner than them. No dealings since then have convinced me that they are an asset in any community.
    The movie Snatch is enormously entertaining – but the dark side of it is a warning about the often hidden side of society to the law abiding and peaceful populace. Especially the dark undercurrent of the travelling community.


  7. Given that allowing the RAF and the Gurkhas a swansong before their redundancies is not an option, what can we actually do with them?


  8. Par for the course really,

    Travellers who wont travel.
    Working Man who never had a job, and the last male relative who did was a conscripted great grand dad.
    Feminists that despise women.
    Outreach workers that reach out with a bargepole tipped with twenties
    Educators that indocrinate

    Broken britain in short.


  9. Now that is an easy one to answer. Apply the law in exactly the same way it is for everyone else, without fear or favour. and absolutely in the face of those who oppose such a view.

    Those that oppose have had their way for decades, and failed, well actually from their perspective they have succeeded but you see what I am saying. So now time to try the impossible, equality of treatment.

    Of course it won’t happen but if it did it would work.


  10. Well, there we are then. We want the Travellers moved on – to where exactly? They are NOT going to disappear from the face of the earth and, despite being an utter pain in the backside, the Basildon lot had taken up non-Travelling residence in what was mostly a redundant scrap yard, in the middle of lots of fields – much the same scene as our Immigration Centres / Prisons etc., but without the high fences. Shift them from where they are now and they will just go and park themselves on someone else’s property. How is it that we are too stupid to find a solution and, in the process, save ourselves loads of money and grief and, perhaps, let the Travellers find the benefits of settling down.
    Oh, and by the way, they are NOT gypsies. One family of real gypsies used to pitch camp near here every year, on an out-of-the-way very wide verge, which was left clean and tidy when they departed. Their horse cropped the verge, the adults worked on local farms, their children received education – and hooligans fire-bombed their caravan. Nice people aren’t we?


  11. To quote the pub landlord: “If we didn’t have rules, where would we be? France. If we had too many rules, where would we be? Germany…”

    No-one loathes the rules more than me, but they are the glue that holds us all together in society and stops us – by and large – from descending into total barbarity. All peoples are welcome in this melting pot of a country as any visit to a modern British city will attest. All we ask is that they follow the same rules as the rest of us. If they set themselves apart by being objectionable, thieving bastards who leave piles of crap wherever they go then they shouldn’t really be surprised if people moan a bit.

    And I don’t include the gypsies you refer to in your reasoned post.


  12. “Shift them from where they are now and they will just go and park themselves on someone else’s property.”

    In other words continue to behave as they always have without regard to the laws that they could, if they wished, comply with. So if they are not gypsy’s, and they claim they are when it suits, what of it? Does that mean we should allow them to break the law more or less?

    The answer is simply this, equal under the eyes of the law and not a ‘special case’ or any other sort of case. Once the law is complied with and that includes not trashing everything in sight, a dialogue could resolve the issues. Unless of course you advocate leaving them to settle where they have illegally becasue it is less trouble. Fine until the next one which will occur because of the special case made of this one.

    I don’t doubt they will win this one and the next, but it is wrong.


  13. I have occasionally argued for the erection of some Happy Camps to house people who prefer not to participate in society as we know it.
    These Travellers might be a perfect opportunity to try that out…


  14. Quite a contorvercial peice John. Gypies as a ‘community’ are like any other community. Good, Bad, ugly, anti-social…My own personal opinion of some Gypsies I knew and spent a brief time with was brilliant. They were really kind, thoughtful, and genuinley cared for the community in which they visited throughout the year. They were ,by all accounts, very well versed on agricultural, environmental issues. And all discussions were balanced and I felt humbled to have spent that short time with them. They didn’t just travel the land: they loved it. They wanted to care for it, and protect it from globalism,greed by superstores,over farmed land, misuse of pesticides ect. I also learned of their lifestyle and their particular history. ( which was fascinating). Having said all that, I am sure they too would be horrified by the behaviour of these so called gypsies as they do not show signs of being gypsies but more the ‘tinker’ type. The influx of Romanian eastern block travellers and the Irish tinkers do give real gypsies a bad name apparently, and it is sad that they are all banded as one group. The Basildon issue is probably not about real Gypsies, but rogue travellers trying to set up base. The council should have used force to remove them long before now. Let this be a lesson, the shortage of affordable housing due to the increase in immigration /asylum claims and reposessions needs to be addresed. Perhaps Vanessa could be a dear and take in the next influx of ‘working visitors’ ‘much needed workers’ poor Asylum seekers .If she has a two bedroom house then she can sleep 7 people, If she has a 3 bedroom house she can sleep 12 adults and 6 children. Only untill the local London council can find this family a million pound house fit for them to live in you understand. ps does not apply to ‘white ‘folks who work: as they couldn’t afford the rent. Ms Redgrave… comments if you please.

    They NEVER ask the right damn questions to these people!!


  15. Didn’t Hitler try that? We could base these such camps in France… Well , they have more land than us , AND it is an EU directive on their version of humin rights and kultcha. Yes, sorted … they go to France!…. OK no where near John, but near Germany.


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