Conservatives have no shame – especially when they’re trying to con you into voting for them.
At the moment, with the local elections approaching, it seems they have decided that it is a good time to politicise the inferno at Grenfell Tower – despite having deplored those of us who did so at the time.
According to the Mirror, “Tory canvassers were allegedly heard discussing how to spin the Grenfell blaze for political gain a mile from the scene of the tragedy.
“Local council candidate Maxwell Woodger is said to have been part of the group – which was also allegedly heard saying survivors still living in hotels were ‘milking the system’.
“Mr Woodger strongly refuted the allegation but a complaint has been made to Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham Conservative Party.”
For clarity: Any former Grenfell resident still living in temporary accommodation is there because Theresa May has failed in her promise to find them a permanent home. And you know how soon she said that would happen?
Within three weeks of the fire. It happened last June.
That should tell you everything you need to know about how Conservatives care for the people of London.
The conditions that surrounded the fire itself were bad enough for the Tories: I should not have to remind anybody that landlords put flammable cladding on the walls and Tory council chiefs, together with MPs, failed to review safety.
I wrote at the time: “Members of the local Conservative-held Kensington and Chelsea Council, their officers, and government ministers all knew that the tower block was a danger to life – but did nothing about it.
“Concern has been raised that these public representatives were too keen to bury complaints – because they would have required expensive remedial action by landlords, both here and in 4,000 other blocks around the UK.”
Others suggested that the tower block would have been earmarked for development in the ‘gentrification’ of the Kensington and Chelsea council area.
In such circumstances, a fire that destroyed the block would have contributed to those plans and any deaths would have been cheap collateral damage.
If there is any truth to the claims that Tories are saying survivors in hotels are “milking the system”, then it seems the Conservatives would have preferred more deaths than the 71 that have been recorded.
At the time, people were saying “Enough is enough” – that rules and regulations must be tightened to ensure no repetition of the tragedy.
In fact, it was far too much. And it was because of the Conservatives.
The same Conservatives who are seeking election back onto local councils across London so they can strip public services still further and endanger the lives of even more people.
Remember: When you are alive, they call you “stock”. If you die because of their plans you are “collateral damage”.
Londoners: For your own sakes, vote Labour on May 3.
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