The bus will come equipped with the latest computer technology to enable gypsy families to surf the web for reduced rates.Now, this is much, much cheaper, and won’t be as easy to classify as ‘art’, but it does score those vital ‘diversity’ points!
The suggestion is part of a £60,000 planned investment by South Cambridgeshire District Council to revamp Blackwell and its neighbour site at Whaddon.Yes, you did read that right, they are planning to spend more on the wages for the guy overseeing the project than on the actual work itself.
Officials plan to spend a total of £26,600 on the improvements, and a further £32,487 on an official to oversee the work.
Is anyone surprised…?
South Cambridgeshire District Council claims the proposals are designed to encourage travellers to use council services and promote integration.Oh, where to start….
A spokeswoman said: "Without the provision of these support services these marginalised groups could continue to experience social exclusion and poor health and educational attainment.
"The council has a duty to make its services accessible to all and operates a race equality scheme to eliminate unlawful discrimination and to promote race equality and good race relations.
"The scheme gives priority to work with the biggest ethnic minority in South Cambridgeshire."
Firstly, there seems to be no bar to travellers using services for benefits and free legal advice, or for mounting campaigns against their eviction notices. At places like Crays Hill in Essex, they have successfully held at bay the forces of the local council for years.
Secondly, any ‘social exclusion’ is entirely of their own making. It is, in fact, part of their chosen ‘lifestyle’.
Thirdly, the council does indeed have a duty to make its services accessible to all. But that doesn’t mean by sending a mobile internet café right to their doorstep, paid for by everyone else. If they want internet services, they are available to them, just as they are to everyone else. Job done.
Or are mobile internet cafes planned for old folk’s homes, rural villages and other spots of low internet access, at public expense?
If not, why not?