Barely is the ink dry on the press releases about what Laban Tall calls ‘the travellers’ radical new “welfare to work” strategy‘ than the ‘Guardian’ is rushing to pour cold water on this unfortunate episode, lest it taint the upcoming Battle Of Dale Farm:
One of the men labelled by police as a modern-day slave at a Travellers’ site in Bedfordshire has accused officers of heavy-handed tactics and described the the arrest of five people on slavery charges as “complete rubbish”.
“I think it’s all a load of rubbish and they just hate Travellers,” said the man, who is in his 50s. “Plenty of men who were here wanted to be here and they were getting paid. The police coming in heavy-handed like this is just wrong.”
Well, now, let’s assume the police have just busted one of those trafficked sex slave operations that (in spite of lack of evidence) the progressives are sure just have to exist.
As the police usher the skimpy-garment-clad young women to safety, one of them says to a reporter “I think it’s all a load of rubbish, and they just hate Russian businessmen. Plenty of us are here because we want to be here, and we’re getting paid, have all the booze and drugs we want, and nice clothes bought for us. Stopping what they are doing is just wrong.”
Now, just how long do you think it would be before the likes of Julie Bindel and Cath Elliot gathered their coteries and marched on Guardian HQ to have them either retract the interview, or allow them to tell everyone how this should be ignored, the women were clearly under duress and willing to say anything, etc, etc?
I reckon about one hour.
After all, it isn’t as though the ‘travelling community’ don’t have form for the exploitation of the dull-witted, is it?
Double standards. They make me sick.