Today, I should be focused on the World Cup entering a new audience in Russia. Or, perhaps City’s opening fixture at Arsenal in the 2018/19 season. Then there is the possible peace in our times deal of North Korea and the world. Or the rise of London Breed from San Francisco slums to first black female mayor. She really is phenomenal. Forget the raccoon that scaled a 23-storey building in U.S.A. this week. Instead the media suddenly reminded me of something which faded from coverage and seems almost to be hidden from the public eye. It is a crying shame. Just like ignoring genuine refugees and the Yemen war.
- 72 deaths. All could have been prevented.
- It was not the fault of the emergency services.
- Head of state, Primer Minister Theresa May couldn’t visit the site. The Queen visited. Prince William visited.
- Kensington & Chelsea Council failed. They represent one of the wealthiest “Royal” Boroughs. Failed.
- Gavin Barwell, Housing Minister at that time failed. He ignored an urgent fire safety review. Afterwards he lost his MP seat. He has since been promoted to PM’s Chief of Staff. £120,000 a year isn’t a bad reward for a retard.
- Has a legacy or justice even got close? Fire prevention, control measures and a realistic reviews has not come (for hundreds of other UK tower blocks).
- How is the Government taskforce taking over parts of the RBKC council functioning?
- The independent review of building regulations and fire safety commissioned is deep under way.
- Public inquiry hearings opened 14 September 2017 and have been adjourned.
- Suicide has been reported.
- Stillbirth has been reported.
- PTSD reported also.
- Homelessness reported.
- Fire chief Reinhard Ries in Frankfurt, Germany, spoke expertly about the U.K. poor laws. In Malta, Germany, The Netherlands and Australia, they tore potentially lethal cladding down. Some even evacuated people whilst it was made safe.
- Neglect, social division, underinvestment, transparency, media elitism…
- 1973 Summerland disaster; 1991 Knowsley Heights fire; 1999 Garnock Court fire; 2005 Harrow Court fire; 2009 Lakanal House fire; 2016 Shepherd’s Court fire… This has to end – and has to count for something!
- Lewisham had a fire in a 20-storey block housing 180 people last night at 4.14am. London fire brigade declared the blaze under control at 6.02am.
My condolences after this atrocity.