UK on verge of second traveller revolution? Two voices from the 1970s/80s

Tony Gosling tony at
Thu Aug 16 00:30:38 BST 2018

UK on verge of second traveller revolution? Asking the experts from 
the 1970s/80s
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Subtitle: Bristol-based 'Grandparents for a Safe Earth'
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potentially offensive language, including possible FCC violations.

Author of The Battle of the Beanfield, which describes the police 
attack on hundreds of travellers in convoy toward Stonehenge 
festival, Andy Worthington and traveller Sean join us to discuss the 
social and political reasons why the UK's 1970s and 1980s 'New Age' 
travellers appeared when they did.
Sean trained as an HGV mechanic so was helping maintain many 
vehicles, he describes life on the road, the practicalities of moving 
night after night and relations with neighbours and the police. Sean 
was at important festivals such as 'Nostell Priory'. Ultimately the 
traveller convoy was part of a wider 'movement' against the changes 
being brought in by the Thatcher government, forced repeated 
evictions by landowners and, since they had been forced out of 
permanent 'bricks and mortar' homes to live out of vehicles, was 
about land rights and property.
Nostell Priory festival 1984
On June 1st 1985, a convoy of new travellers, peace protestors, green 
activists and festival-goers set off from Savernake Forest in 
Wiltshire to establish the 12th annual free festival at Stonehenge. 
There were around 450 people in total, and they included a number of 
women and children.
They never reached their destination.
Eight miles from the Stones they were ambushed, assaulted and 
arrested with unprecedented brutality by a quasi-military police 
force of over 1,300 officers drawn from six counties and the MoD.
That event has gone down in history as 'The Battle of the Beanfield'. 
This book is the combined effort of a large number of people who feel 
passionately that only through reaching an understanding of what 
actually occurred before, during and after 'The Battle of the 
Beanfield' can a proper 'closure' take place for those involved and 
the many people who have been in some way touched by it.

Grandparents for a Safe Earth
We are a network of grandparents and elders who care deeply about the 
world our descendants will inherit.
We have learned that the current plans of energy companies and 
governments will, if not radically changed, put our grandchildren's 
future at risk. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on 
Climate Change report for 2013, climate change is being caused 
primarily by fossil fuel emissions.
We want the Earth's eco-systems to be kept as intact as possible, 
thus giving security and well-being to those who follow us.
We want to leave behind us social structures and cultures which 
acknowledge our primary dependence upon the Earth.


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'From South America, where payment must be made with subtlety, the 
Bormann organization has made a substantial contribution. It has 
drawn many of the brightest Jewish businessmen into a participatory 
role in the development of many of its corporations, and many of 
these Jews share their prosperity most generously with Israel. If 
their proposals are sound, they are even provided with a specially 
dispensed venture capital fund. I spoke with one Jewish businessmen 
in Hartford, Connecticut. He had arrived there quite unknown several 
years before our conversation, but with Bormann money as his 
leverage. Today he is more than a millionaire, a quiet leader in the 
community with a certain share of his profits earmarked as always for 
his venture capital benefactors. This has taken place in many other 
instances across America and demonstrates how Bormann's people 
operate in the contemporary commercial world, in contrast to the 
fanciful nonsense with which Nazis are described in so much "literature."

So much emphasis is placed on select Jewish participation in Bormann 
companies that when Adolf Eichmann was seized and taken to Tel Aviv 
to stand trial, it produced a shock wave in the Jewish and German 
communities of Buenos Aires. Jewish leaders informed the Israeli 
authorities in no uncertain terms that this must never happen again 
because a repetition would permanently rupture relations with the 
Germans of Latin America, as well as with the Bormann organization, 
and cut off the flow of Jewish money to Israel. It never happened 
again, and the pursuit of Bormann quieted down at the request of 
these Jewish leaders. He is residing in an Argentinian safe haven, 
protected by the most efficient German infrastructure in history as 
well as by all those whose prosperity depends on his well-being.'

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