Ruth Dudley Edwards: Complain about Traveller sites in the UK and you're called a racist
But council must back eviction of 100 families or greenbelt law will be unenforceable, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
There are heart-breaking scenes at Dale Farm in Crays Hill in Essex, where the brutal, racist Basildon local authority, backed by uncaring judges, is to throw out on to the roadside around 100 innocent Irish Traveller families.
Sick people will have their lives put at risk, children will be denied an education. On television, desperate women plead to be allowed to stay in the place they call home. They take comfort in the support of the decent people of England who are outraged by this shocking ethnic cleansing. These people are not squatters -- they are being evicted from land that they own.
Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with "this strong, wise, warm and gentle community", Vanessa Redgrave, an Oscar-winning actress and Unicef goodwill ambassador, speaks for many when she says she is "appalled that such an eviction can be upheld by our government".