When he was Home Secretary in that runaway train of frenzied bigotry, outrageous sleaze and quasi-fascism known as the last Conservative government, Michael Howard was the architect of the infamous Criminal Justice Act 1994. It contained numerous assaults on rights of assembly and liberty.
In Section 80, it removed the duty for local councils to provide travellers sites. Cash-strapped councils didn't lose votes by closing sites, and so, entirely predictably, a great many sites were sold off in the years after 1994, leaving nowhere for travellers to stay.
Ten years on and Michael Howard is the latest in the long line of unelectable slaphead Tory leaders. He complains that there are too many illegal travellers sites these days.
Anyone got any ideas why that might be?