What a strange mob these Conservative brutes are turning out to be! It seems they think everyone can be fooled by a bit of public relations jiggery-pokery.
So on the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower blaze, they lit up 10 Downing Street in green, took a photo of it and gave us some flowery words about a commitment to uncover the causes of the disaster and ensure it never happens again.
Did it work?
Don’t make me laugh…
Fuck me but this is hypocricy on steroids with hundreds of buildings STILL clad with combustible materials.
And the promised grants still not provided. https://t.co/BO3qGBJVsB
— Fionna O'Leary, 🕯 (@fascinatorfun) June 14, 2020
Another Twitter commenter added: “Oh do naff off. There are still families who have not been properly housed. There are thousands of properties country-wide cladded with flammable materials. No amount of cosmetic PR will exonerate you.”
It’s been 3 years since Grenfell. And still no arrests, no accountability, no justice. pic.twitter.com/L5RRXZDi9C
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) June 14, 2020
Three years on, survivors of Grenfell are still in temporary accommodation. And not one person has been held accountable for the criminal decisions that led to the inferno.#Grenfell #GrenfellNeverAgain pic.twitter.com/pyABu9G0R7
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈🏴 (@TheMendozaWoman) June 14, 2020
If you’re wondering about the significance of the names, they’ll belong to the people who died.
The Independent tells us of the plight of the Grenfell families who are still living in temporary accommodation, three years after they were put there:
Figures from Kensington and Chelsea Council show that there are still seven households living in temporary accommodation. There are also said to be around 10 households who used to live in the tower who have since requested to be moved again as they were placed into permanent [homes] that [were] unsuitable.
Spike Western, housing paralegal at North Kensington Law Centre, told The Independent the delays stemmed from a failure by successive governments to provide adequate social housing:
“The households who have still to be rehoused permanently following Grenfell are the most vulnerable survivors. They represent either those with particular housing needs, such as those arising from a disability, or those on whom moving permanently is something that cannot be rushed and must only be done when the survivor is ready,” he said.
“The damage has been done, and that is severe lack of investment in social and affordable housing over a long period, meaning there aren’t a whole lot of suitable options.”
Then-prime minister Theresa May had promised them their stay would last a maximum of three weeks.
What a liar. And now she has gone, leaving her successor to handle the mess – or kick this can of worms further down the road.
And once again, people with disabilities are left to suffer the most.
Grenfell went up like a tinderbox because it had been covered with a “flame-retardant” cladding that was the exact opposite. Fire chiefs have condemned the fact that the Tories haven’t exerted themselves to replace the same flammable cladding that covers many other blocks of flats – endangering the lives of thousands, three years after the tragedy:
The National Fire Chiefs Council called for “a fundamental reform of building safety” ahead of Sunday’s third anniversary of the fire that killed 72 people.
A parliamentary committee warned that fixing all serious fire-safety defects in high-risk residential buildings could cost up to £15 billion.
Some 2,000 residential buildings are still wrapped in dangerous cladding, meaning that thousands of homeowners sleep in potential fire traps every night, according to the report by the housing, communities and local government committee.
And bandwagon-jumping Labour leader Keir Starmer has said the fact that hundreds of buildings still bear Grenfell-style cladding three years later is “unforgivable” – but, I don’t know… I’m not sure his heart was in it. He seemed much more comfortable siding with the Tories over the threat to statues of racists and slave dealers than against them over this.
Which of these is causing the most outrage?
— Kate 🌹 (@affleckquine) June 13, 2020
The question in the tweet is a good one for all of us to ask, I think.
Are we really more concerned with the safety of a few chunks of rock than for the lives of thousands of our fellow human beings?
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