Homeowners are facing the prospect of being forced to sell their own land to make space for gypsy campsites under orders from the government.They've obviously learned from the best...
Desperate to build permanent sites for travellers and gypsies, the Government is launching what has been described as a 'land grab', which could see fields and even private gardens converted into pitches for mobile homes.
One local authority is now warning its residents that their land could be brought under compulsory purchase if they refuse to sell up to make way for hundred of travellers setting up home in their town.
Terence Ruddigan, 73, who could have a campsite next to his home, said: 'They are just pinching our land and telling us, "you will have to put up with it".'Yes they are. Because they can. Who are you going to vote for at the next election, Mr Ruddigan? Whoever it is, will it make a difference?
Chris Whitwell, of Friends, Travellers and Families, said: 'There are around 25,000 gypsies and travellers who do not have fixed places to live at the moment. We think that is disgraceful.Well, Chris, as I see it, if they have 'fixed places to live', what the hell makes them 'travellers'..?
'The shortfall of pitches should be addressed as soon as possible. Gypsies have been in this country for 500 years, isn’t it about time people started to accept them?'
And using the government as a big stick to force people off their own land in an effort to make people accept you? Epic fail!
Update: a commenter points to this frankly scandalous example of partiality towards travellers by council employees.
Describing the decision as "absurd", Principal Robert Campbell, said it was an "accident waiting to happen".A worthy petition, but it isn't a 'free' service. It's paid for by taxation. Your taxation...
Parents have set up a petition at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Impingtonbus calling for the council to reinstate the free transport.