Of course it crossed This Writer’s mind that there may have been more people in Grenfell Tower than the 600 on the tenants register.
I didn’t mention it because of the immediate priorities of reporting the disaster – and perhaps a little because the right-wingers among us were foaming at the mouth to accuse Lefties like me of fake news and scaremongering.
So it heartened me to see the put-down at the end of this Twitter exchange:
The full comment reads: “Also the actual death toll (told to me by someone in the council) is 370 and expected to rise to around 600. Makes sense when the tower is a low income tower with overcrowded homes. So 400-600 residents was the ‘official’ estimate. The real estimate including the immigrants and unofficial residents is believed to be 700. And how many are accounted for? About 100? They just don’t want the real number to get out! They don’t want us to start a revolution but change is what we need. All those deaths will not and should not be belittled for the Conservatives’ gain. They killed almost everyone in that tower. All those donations… but who’s even alive to receive them?”
And the put-down:
Lily was the one who first raised the issue of the misreporting of the actual number of deaths, on Channel 4 News last week.
A little progress has been made, it seems, with 68 luxury flats provided to accommodate people who were rendered homeless by the blaze:
Sixty-eight apartments in luxury block near site of Grenfell Tower acquired to house fire survivors, government says https://t.co/ODq5zKhck9
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 21, 2017
This was a result of campaigning by the Labour Party:
Guys, Corbyn has got a *Tory* govt to take housing from rich people & give it to poor people. If that's not leadership, I don't know what is https://t.co/LmPtaGUPP1
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈🏴 (@TheMendozaWoman) June 21, 2017
And what was the response of the rehoused Grenfell residents’ new neighbours?
Presumably these ‘luxury flat residents’ would support the comment above, about residents that shouldn’t be there?
Look at these comments, from a lady called ‘Maria’:
One woman, who bought her flat two years ago, told the Guardian: “We paid a lot of money to live here, and we worked hard for it.
“Now these people are going to come along, and they won’t even be paying the service charge.”
Yes, that’s right. Focus on the service charge. That’s the important part. Never mind that for all anybody knows, the rehoused Grenfell residents have worked hard too. It’s just that, due to the way the system currently works, they received less reward.
And why were the former Grenfell Tower residents allocated this luxury flats? Could it be a response to this revelation?
— HuffPost UK Politics (@HuffPostUKPol) June 20, 2017
The report states:
Theresa May was schmoozing multi-millionaire Tory donors at the Savoy while Grenfell Tower residents faced homelessness and talks with the DUP stalled, HuffPost UK can reveal.
The Prime Minister spent 50 minutes hobnobbing with Conservative backers at the lavish London hotel on Tuesday, despite aides insisting she was too “busy” for other engagements.
Her appearance comes in the wake of recent terror attacks, as Brexit negotiations open and the day before the Queen’s Speech is put before Parliament.
It seems that, yet again, Mrs May didn’t act of her own accord – she was pushed.
Because Mrs May doesn’t rule in the national interest; she rules in the interests of people like ‘Maria’ and the tweeter known as AnnieKisses4Me.
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