Dale Farm Travelers and “human rights”

Given how long this saga has been running, could we have ‘traveler’ spelled with only one ‘L’ please?  As to the rest of it, Dispatches got to the root.  We don’t like what some travelers do and other travelers don’t stop them doing.  This involves miserable criminality from fly tipping, criminal damage and on to dismal con tricks, slavery and clowns who think armed robberies don’t hurt anyone.  Their culture is as internally racist as any.

The next consideration is why a council is spending £18 million of these bad neighbours when they won’t spend much smaller amounts on non-traveler scum.  Caught in the middle of current clown economics are decent travelers and many more of our own, stuck without affordable housing.  I doubt people hate travelers because they are travelers and anyone who does is a clown.  Being pissed off with people because of criminality, nuisance, filth creation and bad neighbourliness is a different matter.

No high-blown human rights issues really matter in any of this, as the arguments apply to all of us and thus use of this stuff for one small group is inflammatory.  We have a problem with poverty and social order across the board and refuse to deal with it. There should be sites for travelers with decent facilities and they should agree to stop protecting their own when they criminally transgress and stop using common resources without respect and forcing clean ups from our taxes.  But there should be housing for our own poor and isn’t, so is it remotely fair to single out travelers for favourable treatment?  What human right gives to one and denies another?

Eight Amish men are in jail (or were recently) because they refused to put orange safety triangles on their buggies.  This is a much smaller breach of law than what’s gone on at Dale Farm.  It’s stupid, but then that’s what we are in these situations.  They way the travelers present themselves as family people is fine – yet if this is how they came across in dealings with us, unless we’re turds, there would be no problem.  The truth is a long way from this.

I’d grant planing permission on the former scrap yard with severe conditions of tenancy making evictions of bad behaviour reasonably easy.  I’d build social housing with the same conditions.  Like many others, Dale Farm travelers are victims of their own scum – it’s time to deal with scum across the board and stop clown notions of racism being forced on us.


Obama fails to plead the 14th – we move closer to doomsday

The hype over the Us debt ceiling in our media has been witless.  There is now a deal and it’s one that makes no economic sense.  What it demonstrates, like our own Condemlibbers, is that the rich are running the show and none of the rest of us matter. Austerity is a mug’s game, other than in household budgeting or corporate housekeeping.  Obama could have shown some balls and used the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling and forced the barking Republicans into war with the Tea Party clowns.  The great black hope is now laid as waste as all the under-sized heavyweights until Klitscho.

Much as we have come to hate welfare dependency and the evil poor, this is not the reason for economic decline.  The bottom 10% in our country hardly make a blip on the wealth of our country (see the ONS figures) and they (have to) spend whatever they get and thus help keep businesses afloat.  The problem everywhere is the rich, a bunch of thieving swine who are playing crooked games made legal.

I’d be all for austerity if it was coupled with structural changes like a genuine greening of the economy, the way we relate with each other and the production of social capital and new forms of entertainment and leisure.  Instead, we have a clown form that cuts the number of cops, slashes services, charities and hardly produces a decent job.

This is all happening at a time when we have truly amazing technologies to produce energy, food, housing, communities and a genuinely educated society.  I’d put it in terms of this thought experiment.

“Would we be better off losing the bottom 10% of our people or the top 10%”?

The sad truth now, I suspect, is that we would easily survive either, but be much better off if we could redistribute the wealth of the top 10% into radical social and work change.  Of course, if the wealth of the top 10% just went to government we’d see very little change.  The wealth needs to be in circulation paying people to do stuff and re-invest wages in change.

We won’t get any sense from the goon-class of politicians that serves the rich.  This is the Doomsday road to serfdom, led by the country we once thought the beacon of democracy and capitalism – now become the military fiefdom of robber barons.  Even America can’t produce jobs and has one in seven on food stamps and half its population poor.

The infamous double-dip is more or less with us, and as cops line up for decimation, we’ll find many other jobs disappear, inflation making families unable to pay bills and even food shortages in some homes.  The IMF is predicting £1500 a year lost per family over the next five years.  That’s about the same as we’ve spent in Iraq and Afghanistan in money, before we count the lives taken and those of our own lost.

It won’t be long before one set of clowns or another start venting spleen against the newly thinned blue line.  The brick flying in Toxteth is linked to Obama’s failure to plead the 14th.  Nothing in the politics in polemic here justifies any violent action against police officers.  I personally abhor the juvenile crap.  It’s all a long way from a couple of us in uniform facing 10,000 pickets and being offered butties and tea.  NI looks likely to kick off again too.

One might think, by now, our democratic leaders would do more to head off street demonstrations with alternatives the other voices in our society could deem fair and worthwhile.  I know none.

Removing clown red-tape in the police

One has to welcome Home Office prognostications on saving police man hours through such “new” devices as charging people through the post.  Sadly, all this could have been done by proceeding by summons except in special circumstances, as was once the recommendation.  Sick of the injustice of having to arrest pensioners who had nicked food – meaning a court appearance – I asked if we could write them up by summons which gave the chance of a caution.  This was adopted in my force, but soon swept away – these were the amalgamation days.

We need new forms of summary justice.  Copperfield has outlined the Canadian system.  The issues are deeper than form-filling.  Gadget has revealed that much cancelled drivel was merely re-badged locally.  One can only expect other procedures to be put in place – if only that this kind of paper-work is how the chiefs protect themselves.   They like being able to say they have procedures in place.

The culture that developed the ‘Spanish practices’ is still in place and nothing seems to being done to change that.  The gaming with crime statistics continues, and what should be simple investigations into matters like ‘Harwood’ and others burgeon into extended cover-ups that bury the evidence in time.  There seems little address of the massive problems in case presentation involving police, prosecution and the courts.  I have yet to see one example of follow-through on the cock-ups where the ‘we are learning the lessons’ is claimed – not a single example of how victims’ issues have really been taken on board and satisfactorily addressed, leading to the eradication of the problems.  The same problems regularly occur again and again along with the same inabilities to deal with them.