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Travellers Convicted of Keeping Slaves

Wouldn’t you love having to face this thug every morning, knowing that he might be about to beat you senseless for some infringement of his rules?  All the worse if you happen to be a starving alcoholic surviving on meagre rations and five hours sleep, living in a horsebox and shitting in a field.

John James Connors, an utter lowlife, and his wife Josie, a complete scumbag, were jailed in Bedfordshire for keeping men in slavery, forcing them to work day and night in their dodgy paving business.  Johnny-Jim got eleven years for keeping slaves and systematically beating one of them for six years.  Josie got four years for abusing two victims.

Connors got a kick out of degrading and humiliating their prisoners.  The slaves had their heads shaved, their personal papers were taken away, they were given primitive conditions to live in, received no pay and spent all their waking hours working.  When they did anything to incur Johnny-Jim’s anger, he beat them savagely and threatened to kill them if they tried to escape.  He forced them to call him Dad.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on four other members of the Connors family, and the authorities have said they’ll  apply for a re-trial.


Here’s a crowd of spongers, using slave labour to run a profitable paving business,  operating out of publicly-funded facilities provided on the grounds that they can’t afford their own accommodation.  I’d be interested to see the tax returns made by the Connors family over the years.

Are you as sick of this nonsense as I am?  Are you getting as tired of people claiming to be an excluded, oppressed minority?

We have genuinely oppressed, poor people among us, but Irish Travellers are neither poor nor oppressed.  And they’re not an ethnic minority

Tradition my arse.

On the positive side, Johnny and Josie are going to simply love jail time.



29 replies on “Travellers Convicted of Keeping Slaves”

I hear tell that members of the traveling community do not do time well. Tend to get very hangy after a few months.

No doubt that well known left wing activist, Vanessa Redgrave, will be organising the Free the Bedfordshire Two any day now.

My Big Fat Gypsy Slave Master, to be precise. Who’s going to be collecting their benefits while they are doing time?

He’s probably a bit misunderstood I reckon.. he took ‘high value regions of employment’ and ‘maximum productivity’ a little too far, but these are tough ecomonic times we find ourselves in. Profit margins are tight. He cut costs where available.

I’m wondering, how does one become a slave, or stay as one?
If the fat pavee came by and you had some sort of work tool, would you not stick it where the sun don’t shine.

Bock, any chance you’d write about more inspirational types at all? Gandhi, the Dalai lama, Bono, Oprah, Mother Theresa even? Maybe Eamon Dunphy if you’re really stuck.. he played for Ireland 23 times a long time ago he told Miriam last week!

Nice bit of traveller bashing, which you like to do, easy target as it is not PC to make comments on other colours or nationalites. This case was fix up and based on the Dale Farm fiasco that left the police red faced. The Brits are masters of getting their own back on anyone who steps out of line, they have jailed innocent Iish people in the past. By the way, your use of the image of Klaus Kinski , he was the pervert that boasted of having sex with his 12 year old daughter. The pub use to be the forum for loud mouths and boring people to annoy everyone about their views on everything and everyone.

Oh here we go. The racist card.

Are you aware that Connors was the one who first brought up his Traveller identity? Nobody mentioned it until he did, so please keep the bullshit PC accusations to yourself.

Whatever about hating them for being smelly, thieving knackers… there’s no denying they’re butt ugly. For their ugliness alone, they deserve to be kept away from the general populous IMHO.

Vincent Browne thought it “irrelevant” that the newspaper headlines mentioned these shitbags were travellers. I disagree with him for the very reason you stated above.

My grandfather used say that travellers knew all their rights but none of their responsibilities. There are a few more traveller/slavery cases pending in England.
Travellers are also suspected of removing a Henry Moore statue from it’s outdoor
setting in order to sell it for scrap. Sacrilege.

i was watching QI last night. interesting fact, it only became illegal to have a slave in the uk in 2010. up until then it was quite legal to have one. slavery had been abolished alongtime ago, but only in overseas territories of the british empire.

@ haltracisttalk

I’m sorry for your troubles and struggle on the traveller issue but in my experience there’s no good in any of them. I agree with Bock 100%.

Why don’t you feel the same about people working hard and on minimum wage or unemployed…………..hhhhmmmmmmmmm?????????

And not a single politician has the balls to utter one bad word about the travellers even though they get a lot of complaints about their carry on .

Mr M in his post addressed to haltracisttalk above said:

“I’m sorry for your troubles and struggle on the traveller issue but in my experience there’s no good in any of them. I agree with Bock 100%.”

Is that not a racist comment?

It might be a bigoted comment. It might be a prejudiced comment. But it can hardly be a racist comment since Travellers are not a race.

The statement ‘Travellers are not a race’ is open to debate. Race is a problematic concept. Hutus mass-murdered Tutsis in Rwanda in the 1990s on the basis that they were a separate race, though most non-Africans would consider all sub-Saharan Africans as being of the same race, Africans. Nineteenth century British imperialists viewed the Irish as an inferior race, a belief they used to ‘justify’ their subjugation of them, even though the Irish and British are all ‘Aryans’ as you know who would see it. Polish aristocrats, the szlachta, viewed themselves as being racially distinct from their less privileged compatriots. And so it goes.

The concept of racism is not as problematic as race because racism relates primarily to an attitude towards other people that doesn’t depend on any objective characteristics of those people. Travellers are enumerated as a protected group in Irish equality legislation because they are subjected to racist type behavior. Whether or not they are a separate race is irrelevant as far as the behavior to which they are subjected and its destructive effects are concerned.

Racism is a form of bigotry and prejudice. They are all irrational and pernicious. Whether or not anti-Traveller bigotry or prejudice is called racism makes little difference to the deleterious effects it has on the men, women and children at whom it is directed.

“Whether or not anti-Traveller bigotry or prejudice is called racism makes little difference to the deleterious effects it has on the men, women and children at whom it is directed.”

You called it racism.

You seem to be implying that I contradicted myself when in fact I didn’t.

To be precise and to the point, I argued that anti-Traveller bigotry or prejudice is racism, thus rebutting your argument that it is not.

That’s where it stands, unless you can show that your latest post is not just a red herring.

So as far as you’re concerned my penultimate post on this thread, post 24, doesn’t exist.

I rest my case.

The people who worked as servants in big houses, and in some cases worked day and night just for food and an iron bed were ordered to call
their exploiters master. Was this not slavery?. This happened all over the
world. I do not condone exploitation of any description. The traveling community are now becoming interested in education. It seems there is a bit
of the old faschist in everyone.

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