The trespass trap: this new law could make us strangers in our own land | George Monbiot

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A government consultation being framed as a crackdown on travelling people is an assault on all citizens’ freedomsEvery government of the past 30 years has promised freedom, and every government has taken it away. The general “freedom” they proclaim turns out to mean freedom for billionaires, the City of London, and the tax-avoiding, labour-exploiting, planet-poisoning chancers whoseliberty is our captivity . Meanwhile, through further restrictions on housing, benefits, immigration, protest and dissent, they have snatched freedom from those who need it most. Boris Johnson’s government intends to sustain this ignoble tradition. Its consultation document onunauthorised encampments proposes tocriminalise the lives of some of Britain’s most vulnerable and persecuted groups. By enabling the police to confiscate the homes of “anyone whom they suspect to be trespassing on land with the purpose of residing on it”, Gypsies, Roma and Travellers will be left with nowhere to stop. Continue read

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