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This case should have been dismissed as frivolous.

A pub has been ordered to pay compensation to an Irish Traveller father after it refused to host his daughter’s christening.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made a claim for discrimination against the Three Horseshoes in Whitchurch, Cardiff, on the grounds of his race, after the pub declined to hold his family gathering.

The case was supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission who gave funding to the man’s legal claim.

The Three Horseshoes settled the case without admitting liability but agreed for staff at the pub to under go equality and diversity training.

There used to be a principle that a landlord could refuse service without giving a reason simply because he didn’t like the cut of your jib. If, like me, you’ve been on the receiving end of this, it can be annoying. However, the basic principle of property rights applies. Frankly, I wouldn’t want to host a big fat gypsy christening. I guess the reason for declining was made obvious as opposed to ‘sorry, sir, we are fully booked that weekend.’

I’m glad I don’t work there. I’d have flatly refused to attend the soviet re-education programme. That’s just pure evil. As is the plaintiff getting free representation, while the defendant is forced to settle, due, no doubt, because they could not afford to go to court. That’s how these charlatans operate. It’s lawfare, pure and simple and there should be a law that stops it, because common decency seems to have died, along with property rights.


  1. If he had backed down and hosted this bash and his place had been trashed, do you suppose that the Equality and Human Rights Commission would pay for the repairs?

  2. An Irish Traveller gets work at a sporting-goods shop.

    The boss is with him on the first day.

    A customer comes in looking for a tennis racket. The boss asks “is that for clay, grass, or tarmac?”

    The customer buys the proper racket.

    “That seems handy enough,” says the Traveller. The boss lets him work alone.

    A customer comes in. “Well,” says the customer, “Would ye have a baseball bat?”

    “Is that for a wedding or a funeral?”*

  3. I think the difference between gypsies and travellers should be mentioned. During my time as a county Police officer (retired 18 years and counting), I had dealing with both groups, and the experiences were very different. Met with courtesy and friendliness by one group and nothing but lies, accusations, denials, and trouble from the other. Two members of the gypsy community stepping in to prevent me getting a good hiding from a group of drunks, is just one example, while a traveller’s attempt to undo the front wheel nuts of my Police car, while attending an RTA involving injured members of the same traveller family, is another. Just saying.

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