Wednesday 19 October 2011 by Spacey

Travellers forced to actually start travelling

Travellers who have remained stationary for the last ten years are being forced to do what their name would suggest they are supposed to.

The travellers lost a last-ditch attempt to stave off eviction from the Dale Farm site after a Court of Appeal insisted that if they wanted to be referred to as travellers they would have to at least move around a little bit.

Basildon Council have accused the travellers of ‘blatant contradictions’ as police attempt to clear the Dale Farm site.

“One traveller referred to themselves as ‘a resident’,” revealed Basildon Council leader Tony Ball. “How can you be a resident and a traveller? It just doesn’t add up.”

“We’re delighted that the Court of Appeal have recognised that they can’t have it both ways,” he added.

Dale Farm evictions

Members of the Dale Farm community have questioned claims that travelling involves moving from one location to another.

“Being a traveller and not travelling is all part of a traveller’s lifestyle,” insisted one angry traveller.

“By forcing us to travel, the council are just re-enforcing the lazy stereotypical view of travellers travelling.”

“Not travelling, but giving the impression that you are travelling is all part of the traveller’s code of travelling while remaining exactly where you are over a period of many years.”

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