Oh my blood boils. Mr Howard simply states the truth that "travellers" are flouting the law and ruining the lives of ordinary law-abiding citizens by living on illegally sites. He goes on to say that if he were PM that he would like the law changed to stop this an protect the rights of tax paying members of the community. The PC Brigade immediately shout Mr Howard down as a racist. Has the world gone barking? No longer can we criticise illegal activity by any minority group for fear of offending them. It is not racist to state the truth. These epople do make the lives of the people they invade a misery. There are now 120, 000 travellers in the UK. How many pay tax? How many add any value to our society? The best comment on Mr Howard's approach came from a Labour backbencher who said that it was a racist slur. Did Mr Howard not know that proportionally, the gypsies were the second most persecuted group during the Holocaust? So what. I suspect theat the average pikey of today would not know what the holocaust was. Just because some poor gypsy in the past was persecuted by a foreign government does that mean that we cannot criticise a group who fail to obey the laws of the land.