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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This will just be another Hillsborough.
only this not that once again like they learned from dwp to hide the death tolls hmm yet we had firemen saying that they were steeping on bodies they learnt that drip feeding you they get away with murder
We must ensure that the corrupt Tories do not whitewash and cover-up this appalling tragedy.
I have two aversions when a Government appoints a judge for an inquiry the first is the proverbial knighthood (for services rendered…whoes?) and the usual
hyphanated surname indicating little knowledge of real life, common sense and historic bias to political masters and maybe aspirations for even more future gongs for providing the decision. After several false starts a lead for the child abuse inquiry was eventually found but after several dodgy decisions. Hopefully the usual detailed investigation into this retired judge will flush out if he has any agendas or biased backgrounds. Already having a cut down agenda for his brief smacks of an agenda already in place and ignoring the victims as mere incidentals not to be listened to. Whilst there is an urgency in flushing out the facts however a very
careful decision of just who is going to lead it impartially and with integrity has to be the most important part of the process unless of course they do not want transparency and honesty then fast track is the way to go.
Why are coverups so popular? Have they not learned anything from Hillsborough? Already the plot is falling apart. Leader of Council and his Deputy have ” stepped down” after pressure from on high. But narrow Terms if Reference are worrying. Same line taken with initial Hillsborough disaster. Trying to limit the scope of the Inquiry from the onset. Now today Govt “experts” saying removing cladding may make things “worse”! How can NOT removing the flammable cladding make people feel safer having been told initially that the cladding was at fault. Seems like there is another cost-cutting exercise being floated to save Govt having to pay up.
I’ve said it before the emergency services owe this present government nothing,
They praise the police, nurses, fire service & the Army for doing “a good job” whilst they are all being shafted… they’ve voted down a pay cap.
A bloody evil government, that are for the few not the many.. I’d just wish some pictures and video could be leaked out from inside the tower showing the real horror now, that would be a game changer…
Of course they won’t tell us the truth. They never do and this would expose how rotten the system really is.