Necessity Still Breeds Ingenuity - Archive of SQUALL MAGAZINE 1992-2006

The Post Bag: Letters To Squall

Exploration & Invention

Squall 6, Spring 1994, pg. 40.

Dear Squall,

It was so good to get your mag and know that people somewhere are taking some sort of action.

As someone who was involved with early squatting attempts in Brighton, and who has suffered periods of homelessness with two children - the last when I was pregnant with my third I have some idea of the feelings and difficulties involved.

I have a great many friends on the road and I have a great deal of love and respect for this nomadic culture that the Tories are intent on destroying. I am also quite terrified about the way things are going; fascism is upon us in this country and people are sleeping through its birth: I don't know if you realise this but a great many 'ordinary' people like travellers and either wish them well or at least wish them no ill. The most common sentiment I've come across is: "let them be, if they aren't hurting anyone why shouldn't they live as they choose".

But these are not (unfortunately) the sort of people who will make their voices heard. I think it will be the day when oppression has the absolute upper hand, when the day comes that people are forced into the 'tidy' lifestyles the Government want them to live. Without exploration and invention, how is anyone to find a better way of life? The vast majority now accept that this must happen.

Good luck to you and your mag.