Thursday, October 20, 2011
Dale Farm – Travellers' Reproach
My blog of 13th October, ‘Dale Farm – Has there been a Bumble?’ highlighted the frustrations of the law-abiding majority because of the ineffectiveness of the law to sort out the mess by coming to a speedy judgment. This business of unlawful occupancy has been ambling along for a ten year period. Finally, Wednesday, 19th October was a day of action, which started the process of eviction.
Supporters of the travellers who took up residence at Dale Farm did not heed requests on the part of Basildon Council to allow their bailiffs legal right of access. Indeed, they prepared and strengthened barriers and improvised weapons for attack, such as stones, bricks, bottles and the like. To prevent serious injury to bailiffs there was no alternative than to have police overcome those who forcefully resisted the due course of the law. All along, these supporters maintained they would behave peacefully, but in the event, they did not.
I’m convinced that the law-abiding majority are not without compassion. They feel for the families who will lose their homes, the frail, the sick, children and the elderly, but at the same time, there’s a realization that all citizens are subject to the law. There can be no exceptions. By knowingly building homes and setting up caravans on Greenbelt land, deliberately and persistently, they have brought reproach upon themselves. They have besmirched the reputation of travellers to the extent that nearby boroughs such as Harlow have taken action to prevent unlawful occupation of their citizens’ green spaces.
Text for the Day
Romans 2: 12 ‘For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law.’
Dale Farm – Has there been a Bumble?
Harlow Council Acts to Prevent Travellers Setting up Illegal Camps