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TOPIC: The Predictable Tragedy At Grenfell Shames Our Political Masters.

The Predictable Tragedy At Grenfell Shames Our Political Masters. 17 Jun 2017 06:43 #3263

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JUN 2017 Thursday 15TH posted by Morning Star

CONTRAST the conduct of our two main parties’ leaders as they visited the area around the stricken Grenfell Tower today.

While Jeremy Corbyn mixed with locals, meeting people, expressing sadness and solidarity and, above all, listening to what they had to say and committing himself to getting to the bottom of the tragedy, Theresa May paid a cursory visit, surrounded by top brass, ignoring a community in mourning.

May has conceded the public inquiry demand made by Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, but vigilance is essential over its terms of reference.

An inquiry that drags on interminably, enriching a few lawyers, reiterating past inquiry recommendations and failing to nail those who cut corners to make the rich richer and the poor less safe will be worse than useless.

That would tell the people of the other Notting Hill that they are expendable.

It is noteworthy that many Grenfell survivors voiced real fear that Kensington & Chelsea council might take advantage of their expulsion by fire from their homes to decant them elsewhere while refurbishing/replacing their tower with a luxury block for private tenants.

This suspicion is soundly based on observing a co-ordinated policy by Tory councils, ex-London mayor Boris Johnson and national government to redistribute poor people outside London.

Decades of failure to build council homes, while privatising stewardship of public housing stock, has thrown low-paid workers into the arms of the private rented sector.

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