You’re not saddled with the problem …

An examination of, and a proposed solution for, the problems besetting the folk at Dale Farm …

Rule number one: establish terminology first. Thus the Oxford (Online) Dictionary definition is as follows: (source) noun

a person who is travelling or who often travels:
1 (usually Traveller) British a Gypsy or other nomadic person.
2. (also New Age traveller) British a person who holds New Age values and leads an itinerant and unconventional lifestyle.

Neither fits into the category of settling down on a piece of land with the intention of it being a permanent home, let alone breaking all the planning laws in doing so. Neither can it be described as racial because anyone could illegally make a permanent home on a plot of land where no permissions exist and ALL would be evicted.

Solution: Go to the local authority as a homeless person and start your claim for housing, sign on for benefit and (hey presto) you will achieve the same effect that you have at Dale Farm but minus the mini-civil war that seems about to take place. The downside to this, of course, is that you will be subject to the same scrutiny as the rest of us for the purposes of tax and benefit compliance.   –    p.s. Sell the horse


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