Thursday, 22 June 2017

The aftermath of Grenfell: raging and checking

"Downing Street said 600 buildings in the country have `similar cladding` to that of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, which was destroyed by the June 14 blaze."

"The Department for Communities and Local Government later said that figure refers to buildings with all types of cladding and that not all of them necessarily have cladding made from the same aluminium composite material as Grenfell Tower. Landlords are being asked to check what the cladding on their buildings is made from..."

"Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn called for urgent checks on around 4,000 buildings as Britain comes to grips with the potential ramifications of the disaster. Thousands need urgent assurances about their own safety, he said..."

"Corbyn compared the tragedy to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people were killed in the crush of a crowded soccer stadium, and recent sexual abuse scandals involving vulnerable children, arguing that the government had long turned a blind eye to the needs of the poor..."

"May has apologised for mistakes that were made in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and promised that `no stone will be left unturned` in a public inquiry into its causes."

"For any guilty parties there will be nowhere to hide," she said.

Recalling May`s performance regarding the independent child sexual abuse inquiry which has lost three chairpersons already - few people are confident about an inquiry into fire safety at Grenfell. Instead of an inquiry they call for an inquest which might assign manslaughter charges to guilty parties, some of whom might be in the government itself.

What chance ?


Here is Sam the Blogger`s spin on the Day of Rage a protest which he believes is a waste of everybody`s time. The mission of the protesters was to shut down London and parliament.

"Shutting down parliament is Theresa May`s speciality," says Sam. And he has a point.

Other than that we must ask what point he is trying to make.

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