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Liberal commentator Matthew Parris says travellers must be told their way of life is over and they have no place in modern Britain after a group takes over a car park near his Peak District home

A leading liberal commentator has shocked the chattering classes by calling for a blanket ban on gipsies, claiming Travellers have no place in modern Britain.

Newspaper columnist Matthew Parris, an ex-Tory MP who has carved out a career as a critic of his former Conservative colleagues, delivered his broadside after a group set up camp in the Derbyshire town Matlock, near his cottage in the Peak District.

‘There is simply no place for the true nomad in modern Britain,’ he writes in his latest Times column

We know this car park well, having used it for years, especially during lockdown when takeaway coffee was available nearby. We’d leave the car there and have coffee and cake in a nearby park. When referring to Matthew Parris’ home in Derbyshire it’s a bit of a stretch to describe the car park as ‘near his cottage in Derbyshire’, but maybe it’s close enough for a story.
Travellers have been there for months, certainly since last year, but until very recently it hasn’t made any real difference to us. It’s a good sized car park and in our experience has never been anywhere near full during that period. If the Mail photo is recent, then that situation has suddenly changed and a much larger area has been appropriated by travellers. 
Maybe the stakes are being raised so we’ll just go elsewhere until the situation is resolved. I wouldn’t call them ‘true nomads’ though. Doesn’t quite fit what we’ve seen of them over the months.


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