Monday 19 September 2011

At Last! The Day The Long-Suffering Residents Have Waited For... finally here!

But will there be any 'travellers' left to move on?
Travellers' caravans have been seen leaving the Dale Farm site today ahead of tomorrow's planned eviction.
And if there are, will they be in charge?*
A last minute meeting with Dale Farm residents and their representatives tonight has been cancelled after the representatives were told by the protestors at Dale Farm that they were no longer welcome on site.
Gosh! Left-wing agitators are now in charge? Who'd have thought that could happen?
Cllr Tony Ball, Leader of the Council, says: “We are very concerned by these latest developments and reports that so-called supporters appear to be calling the shots. We wanted to do everything possible to keep residents updated about the operation and to listen to any concerns and address any final requirements.

“It would appear that we now have no line of communication to the Dale Farm residents. We are very concerned that tension has increased and it may now make our job of clearing the site in a safe and orderly manner even more difficult.”
It promises to be an interesting week...

H/T: Kata_Basis on Twitter


MTG said...

"It promises to be an interesting week..."

Smart money is on that, you think?

SBC said...

What will be interesting will be seeing where they 'travel' to and whether it will be en mass or seperately . IMO Cllr Tony Ball's,Führer of the Council, back yard would be favourite for a new site....or the picturesque village green of Lower Nimby.

I have no sympathy with the travellers as a rule and most of them would have to seriously up their game to pass as scum BUT this time round...

Macheath said...

There's an almighty clash of scheduling today which might affect things at Dale Farm: between 1,000 and 3,000 travellers are expected to gather in a rural village 100 miles away for the funeral of a patriarch of their community.

What is interesting is that, despite the fact that the police have closed the main road for the day, no mention of it has appeared on traffic news websites or in the press in general.

Given the size of the expected gathering and its likely impact on the area, I assume this omission is a deliberate one.

Rob said...

Two things:

1) if things kick off will the left-wing scum be charged with incitement?

2) have the pikeys smuggled the shooters and slaves away from the site yet?

John Pickworth said...

Butlins seem rather adept at kicking out thousands of holidaymakers from their caravans every Saturday morning... anyone thought to call them in?

SBC said...


Looks like the 'Long Suffering' Nimbys and xenophobes are going to have to wait a few days longer for their victory.

*eagerly awaits the Daily Fail headline spouting 'Local Residents Dunkirk Spirit'*

Anonymous said...

I can think of several places they could go :

Vanessa Redgrave's place;

Ditto Alan Rusbridger;

Back to their houses in Ireland;

Whichever one of the 2 EU palaces currently unused - Strasbourg or Brussels;

In fact for the latter they could fulfil their cultural need to 'travel' (i.e. go on a thieving hajj) twice a year, journeying between the two.
Problem solved - where do I send the invoice ?

Laban said...

MacHeath - now this sounds like it must have been some funeral :

A ‘REMARKABLE’ Sheffield matriarch – a mother of 17 and head of one of the city’s biggest traveller families – died with nearly four times the drink-driving limit in her body, an inquest heard.

Mary Philomena Collins, known to many as Maureen and to her massive family as ‘Big Mammy’, passed away last November.

The 66-year-old’s death at home on Pit Lane, Manor Top, was met with an outpouring of grief from her 16 surviving children, 144 grandchildren and more than 50 great-grandchildren.

Hundreds of mourners attended her spectacular funeral at St Catherine’s Roman Catholic Church in Burngreave last year.

Coroner Christopher Dorries, recording a verdict of death by natural causes, said a post-mortem examination revealed Mary died with 298mg of alcohol in her bloodstream – way above the safe driving limit of 80mg.

The coroner said Mary was born in Galway, Ireland, in June 1944.

He added: “She had been in this country for many, many years and lived in Sheffield for a good long time.”

As well as being known as head of a famous Sheffield traveller family, Maureen had a fearsome reputation as a steely woman street boxer.

At her funeral last year her son Willie, 38, said: “She was the best fighting woman in England and Ireland and retired undefeated. Everyone among travelling people knew her.”

JuliaM said...

"Smart money is on that, you think?"

Well, as it turns out, it's going to take at least that long... :(

"There's an almighty clash of scheduling today which might affect things at Dale Farm..."

At one point, some journalist cottoned on to the fact there were more activists than travellers!

Now, of course, they have time to make up the numbers.

"I can think of several places they could go..."

Me too! None of them that salubrious.

"The 66-year-old’s death at home on Pit Lane, Manor Top, was met with an outpouring of grief..."

And a fair dash of relief in some circles!