43 thoughts on “Grenfell Tower London, political, not natural, disaster

  1. “London outsources 999 fire control service

    Fire and Emergency Planning Authority is outsourcing its 999 emergency control service to Capita.

    Capita will supply a new “high-tech” 999 control system and run it on behalf of the Brigade, said the authority. The contract will run for 10 years and promises to realise over £5 million of savings over the lifetime of the contract.

    “This will ensure the best possible deal for London taxpayers and allow the Brigade to focus on its core business of putting out fires, rescuing Londoners and saving lives,” said the authority.

    Capita has existing contracts with other police, fire and ambulance services to provide emergency service mobilising systems, but London will become the first Brigade in the country to outsource its emergency call handling.”

    http://www.computerworlduk.com/it-vendors/london-outsources-999-fire-control-service-3346117/

    • Thank you so much!

      While grieving for their loved ones, the survivors now must make sure they get temporary housing … and won’t get cleansed socially by the Conservative local council and government trying to demolish the ruin and build housing for millionaires instead there.

  2. Hi folks,

    You will all have seen the unfolding tragedy at Grenfell Tower. We are organising solidarity for our member group the Grenfell Action Group, which became part of the Radical Housing Network about 3 years ago. They have been pressurising the local council for its failings throughout that time, and it’s horrific to see the implications of the council’s intransigence now.

    I hope to see many of you at the demonstration at DCLG tonight (Friday), 6pm by Victoria.

    As well as that demonstration, we have called a solidarity meeting tomorrow morning at 9.30am, at Maxilla Social Club, 2 Maxilla Walk, London W10 6NQ – we will walk down from the meeting, to the demonstration we’ve called at midday tomorrow.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/114542675817274

    Action outside Kensington Town Hall to demand that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are held accountable for the deaths and tragedy of Grenfell, and that the residents’ and housing movement’s demands are met. This atrocity must never happen again.

    Saturday 17 June, Midday

    Kensington Town Hall

    Hornton Street

    LONDON

    W8 7NX

    Please can you forward this about – this has to mark a turning point in British housing policy, and it might well do.

    The meeting and action will focus on ongoing solidarity for the residents and the Grenfell Action Group. This means supporting them in achieving their demands and ensuring their voices are heard in the oncoming political debate. Here’s some lines from an RHN member about the feeling on the ground:

    I’ve spoken today with Eddie and also David Collins, who worked closely with Eddie on the campaign. They are clear about their immediate demands – they want all the residents to be housed locally and together in the aftermath as well as long term. And they want a full inquiry into what happened and into the Tenants Manangement Organisation.

    Even straight after the fire the council were trying to break up the residents – Eddie was allocated a single, emergency accomodation flat and had to fight to be put up in a decent hotel with other Grenfell families. He is organising to make sure this is the same for all residents. Therea May might have promised an inquiry but today said that “the government will make every effort to make sure that they are rehoused in London and as close as possible to home.” NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Also, yesterday, the head of the council refused to give a straight answer when questioned if the land would not be privatised.

    I have been down at Grenfell today, coordinating with Grenfell Action, dealing with press, speaking to journalists, organisers, survivors and those at the site. There is a lot of anger, and desire to hold the council to account. The action today is focussing on the government, but no action is yet being organised against the council. From what I’ve heard the community would be incredibly supportive of this. Chalking the town hall would enable people to literally write large their demands and anger on this symbol of local governance.

    JUSTICE FOR GRENFELL
    ***

    Grenfell Action Group demand that no stone is left unturned in investigating what led to this horrific event, and that those responsible are held to account.

    Residents must not be broken up in the immediate aftermath of the fire. In the long term are must be offered local, secure and affordable housing. The community must be allowed to heal together.

    ***

    Radical Housing Network demand that the estate is fully rebuilt so that not a single unit of social housing is lost – this must not be an opportunity for the council to privatise homes, or for someone to make quick cash.

    Gavin Barwell, Conservative Chief of Staff and ex-Minister for Housing, who sat on a report warning that tower blocks were vulnerable to fire, must resign immediately, along with anyone else whose actions or neglect led to Grenfell. Criminal proceedings must be brought against those responsible.

    Bring banners and noise. Open mic and other action.

    Called by Radical Housing Network and our member group, Grenfell Action Group

  3. Pingback: London Grenwell Tower people killed by cheap flammable cladding | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower disaster update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: London Labour council takes over Grenfell Tower relief from incompetent Kensington Conservatives | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Racist Daily Mail blames London Grenfell Tower disaster victims | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Artists for Grenfell, charity song | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Some Grenfell Tower survivors rehoused in Kensington, London | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower scandal update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: British authorities neglect Grenfell Tower firefighters | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Grenfell Tower disaster and British Conservative Boris Johnson | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: ‘London Grenfell Tower victims were murdered’ | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: Grenfell Tower flammable cladding also in Germany | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: London firefighters warned before Grenfell disaster, politicians didn’t listen | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower survivors interviewed | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: British government’s Grenfell Tower disaster cover-up | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: June in England, poem | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: British Conservative politician resigns in Grenfell Tower scandal | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: 100,000-300,000 march in London against Conservative-terrorist coalition government | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  21. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower disaster, Australian solidarity | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  22. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower disaster survivors interviewed | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  23. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower survivors not rehoused properly | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  24. Pingback: Grenfell Tower disaster, Londoners interviewed | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  25. Pingback: Grenfell Tower disaster, Londoners speak | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  26. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower survivors say arrest those guilty | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  27. Pingback: British trade unionist calls Grenfell Tower disaster murder | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  28. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower disaster news update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  29. Pingback: British police underestimates Grenfell Tower disaster | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  30. Pingback: ‘Grenfell Tower fire was mass murder’, London survivors say | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  31. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower disaster and privatisation | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  32. Pingback: British austerity wrecks fire safety | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  33. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower disaster, accountability? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  34. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower disaster a crime, not an act of God | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  35. Pingback: Poisoned water and dead babies in Flint, USA | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  36. Pingback: London Grenfell Tower survivors demand justice | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s