My blood pressure raised with every further page of this biased, apologist shit.
With such gems as this:
"We work and pay our taxes". "We have strong morals and look after each other"
(Gypsies and Travellers speaking).
...but not anyone else.
Gypsies and Travellers are bound by the same rules as everyone else. They pay taxes and license fees.
I mean, seriously. They're really taking us for fucking idiots here aren't they. They're bound by the same rules as everyone else but I'm buggered if they feel compelled in any way to stick to them. Paying taxes? How? Who's going to chase them up, when they don't really have an address? And License fees? What, for vehicles or TVs? I think not, somehow.
But apparently it's OK and we should just tolerate the fact that they demand all sorts of shit from the Council (which the handwringing right-on Equalities team are falling overthemselves to justify and then happily provide) without paying taxes, because according to the document (Page 4) Gypsies and Travellers have lived in and
around Bristol for hundreds of years.
Well, that's just fucking fine then.
Note the "Myths" column throughout the booklet which lists supposedly incorrect media quotes, but then makes no attempt (in the column or really in the text) to refute these. My assumption is because they can't. The best they can do is say "No they don't, Gypsies pay taxes", quoting some University research paper from Communist Bleeding-Heart Hand-wringer Et Al, 1995.
You might contend that there are plenty of non-Gypsy chavs living in social housing demanding all sorts without paying tax. I would agree, and group them together as filthy scroungers, frankly.
Kudos to the Team for including the phrase "stinking Gypo", though.