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SOME PPL ARE JUST MORE EQUAL THEN OTHERS AND IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU MEAN BY…

So now it can be told. Treating everyone equally is not good.  Bad is good and good is bad. Got it.

I was NOT going to do yet another story on Traverlers and Gypsies, but this one begs to be seen by the readers of this site.  For the story sure, but also because for perhaps the first time an official has come out and said that “equality” doesn’t exactly mean equality when dealing with a group of ppl who have been deemed to be a ‘race.’

Or in his words exactly:

“Planning laws are deliberately biased in favour of gipsies and travellers, a Government minister has finally admitted.”

So now the truth everyone has known for awhile is out in the open. All those damned awful white English natives who are all Fascists and Racists, have ALL been right all along.  Well thanks for that, for all the good it’s gonna do because, since this article appeared yesterday there has not been one peep from anyone in power. Nothing from 10 Downing St. and sure as hell nothing from all the human and civil rights groups. Zero. And so it goes.

Ah ... another reason this article and post should hold some interest.
See my following post.

It gets worse if that’s possible.

Planning laws DO favour gipsies and travellers, says minister

By Dan Newling
THE DAILY MAIL

Planning laws are deliberately biased in favour of gipsies and travellers, a Government minister has finally admitted.

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After years of official denials on the issue, Communities Secretary Shahid Malik confessed that travelling families are treated differently from ‘the settled community’.

Justifying the policy, the minister said: ‘Fairness does not mean treating people equally; it means addressing the different needs of different people.’

After years of official denials, Communities Secretary Shahid Malik confessed that travelling families are treated differently from ‘the settled community’

Mr Malik’s confession has been hailed by campaigners as a ‘long-awaited admission of the truth’ which they say reveals the way planning laws are weighted in favour of gipsies and travellers.

And it explains why many, if not most, local campaigns against unauthorised or proposed encampments are doomed to failure, no matter how justified the objections may be.

Mr Malik made his comment during a little-noticed parliamentary debate last month.

Liberal Democrat MP Steve Webb told the minister that his Gloucestershire constituents were furious that gipsies had been allowed to camp on protected Green Belt land that had previously been turned down for residential housing.

Mr Webb claimed that ‘planning anarchy’ had set in whereby travelling people deliberately flout planning law in the knowledge that local councils - which are under Government pressure to find more caravan sites - would eventually rule in their favour.

The MP said: ‘There is a feeling among those who have contacted me that people do not have equal rights and responsibilities, but that there are separate rules and outcomes for different groups.’

The system, claimed Mr Webb, is making his constituents resentful.

Mr Malik replied: ‘Fairness is what the Department for Communities and Local Government - my department - and the Government are all about; but fairness does not mean treating people equally; it means addressing the different needs of different people.

‘The need to provide adequate sites for gipsies and travellers is a challenging one for local authorities, but that is just one of the many challenges that authorities regularly deal with.’

The Chambers English Dictionary defines fairness as ‘honesty, impartiality, justice’.

Mr Malik’s apparent redefinition of the word stems from the Government’s decision in 2000 to classify gipsies and Irish travellers as distinct racial groups under the Race Relations Act.

This decision - coupled with changes to planning law and a desire to build many more gipsy and traveller sites - conferred extra rights upon these groups under both race relations and human rights legislation.

In 2005, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister issued council planners with a so-called ‘good practice guide’ telling them how to deal with gipsy and traveller camps.

The guide says: ‘Some planners...think that “treating everyone the same” helps to ensure equality. But this is not the case.

‘Explicit recognition of difference is needed to ensure that the right action can be taken to deliver a planning service responsive to different needs within the communities it serves.’

Critics say this means that in any planning battle, an argument between a ‘settled’ family and their traveller neighbours is a dispute not between equals, but two groups with different legal rights and privileges.

In June, the Daily Mail revealed that the number of legal gipsy and traveller sites has quadrupled to 1,279 over the past ten years.

Over the same period, illegal sites more than doubled to 3,680. Some illegal sites are thrown up over a Bank Holiday weekend, when council planning enforcement officers are away from their desks. By the time they return, it is too late to do anything about the encampments.

Conservative local government spokesman Bob Neill said: ‘It’s not fair that planning applications are treated differently purely because of the type of person who is applying the same, consistent rules should apply whatever your background.

‘Under Labour, law-abiding families who work hard and pay their taxes face reams of red tape to extend their houses, whilst travellers are given special treatment to concrete over the Green Belt and defy planning rules.’

DAILY MAIL


COMING UP NEXT.  ONE RULE FOR THE FARMER, ANOTHER FOR THE GYPSY


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