- Created: Wednesday, 20 May 2009 11:54
- Written by Barnaby Mitchel
In the run-up to the election The Sun newspaper produced a special supplement called ‘Stamp on the camps’; the Conservative Party claimed Gypsy communities were flouting British law and called for more evictions; in some areas, the BNP campaigned on an anti-Gypsy platform; a campaign and website called Middle England in Revolt sprang up, claiming it aims to protect rural communities from illegal Traveller camps. The Labour government continues to make Travellers homeless by evicting them from their own land, and has drafted plans that will make this easier. All these attacks are a part of an organised nationwide racist campaign against the rights of Gypsy communities.
Like racism against asylum seekers, racism against Gypsies is socially accepted. In some parts of Britain you can still read signs declaring ‘no Gypsies or Travellers’. If similar racist literature were produced against Jewish or black communities there would be uproar. In a recent case a ‘bonfire society’ burned a caravan effigy bearing the number plate ‘pikey’ (a racist term for Travellers) and escaped prosecution.