Sir Martin Moore-Bick has been appointed to oversee an inquiry into what happened at Grenfell Tower. His own words seem to indicate that he is being asked to oversee a whitewash.

The judge appointed to oversee a public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower that may have killed hundreds of people has said that its terms mean it will not provide the answers we all want.

The survivors of Grenfell are already complaining that they have not had enough input into those terms – and have started their own efforts to add up the numbers of people who are still missing, in the belief that the emergency services are lying to them about the number of deaths.

The choice of Sir Martin Moore-Bick as the judge has been criticised on the grounds that he often finds in favour of local authorities, against the public – suggesting that he may be biased.

The emergency services themselves have told us that the final death toll may not be known until Christmas, stoking the belief that the figure is being hidden until Grenfell Tower falls off the news agenda.

And a meeting of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, at which Grenfell was to be discussed, was cancelled after the council’s Tory leader was told he could not hold it in private but had to admit the press and public.

Meanwhile, nearly 150 tower blocks have failed safety tests – maintaining a 100 per cent failure rate since these tests were started a few days ago.

Have I missed anything?

It seems to This Writer – and I admit I’ve been away for a few days, co-organising the very successful Radnor Fringe Festival last weekend and attending a funeral yesterday – that the Establishment has no intention of ever telling us the full extent of its failure to protect the residents of Grenfell Tower or what could be hundreds of other blocks that we are now being told are just as dangerous.

Are you happy to let them off the hook? Because I’m not.

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