Kevin Myers: Traveller fiasco part of new politically correct apartheid
Published 06/09/2011 | 18:00
The coming Battle of Basildon is the great emblematic cultural tourney of our time, the sort of conflict that inevitably results when rights are extolled over duties, and when an addictive dependency on the state is redefined as victimhood.
Dale Farm at Basildon in Essex is the unofficial home of an entire settlement of politicised travellers/gypsies consisting of 86 families, who over the past 11 years have built a sort of mock-Palestinian refugee camp, without planning permission of any kind.
They have refused the requests to move from Basildon council, which is now issuing eviction orders. Self-appointed "Human rights activists" are now arriving in droves to give advice on anti-eviction tactics to the residents, including setting fire to mountains of tyres.