London Grenfell Tower disaster criminal, not act of God

This 14 July 2017 BBC video from Britain is called Grenfell Tower: architects ignored and the high ladders “postcode lottery”.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Politicians should be held to account for ‘social murder

Monday 17th July 2017

JOHN McDONNELL demanded yesterday that those responsible for “social murder” at Grenfell Tower should be held to account.

The shadow chancellor said he has no regrets for saying the victims of the disastrous fire in west London were murdered by political decisions.

He told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: “Political decisions were made which resulted in the deaths of these people. That’s a scandal.

“There’s a long history in this country of the concept of social murder where decisions are made with no regard to consequences of that, and as a result of that people have suffered.

“That’s what’s happened here, and I’m angry. I believe social murder has occurred in this instance and I believe people should be accountable.”

He warned of the consequences of political decisions over the years that have not addressed the housing crisis and cut back on local government, resulting in a lack of proper inspections.

Mr McDonnell also highlighted the cuts to 11,000 firefighter jobs and equipment such as aerial ladders that help tackle fires at high rises.

“I believe politicians have to be held to account,” he insisted. “I remain angry at how many people have lost their lives as a result of political decisions made over years.”

Councillors sitting on Kensington & Chelsea Council will decide this week whether to grant residency rights to illegal immigrants who survived last month’s Grenfell Tower blaze, which left at least 80 dead.

Labour councillor Robert Thompson is also calling on the government to guarantee them amnesty from prosecution following fears that they are too afraid to talk to authorities.

Marchers demand arrests and corporate murder charges over the Grenfell Tower inferno that killed large numbers of men, women and children

11 thoughts on “London Grenfell Tower disaster criminal, not act of God

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  2. Wednesday, 19 July 2017


    ONLY a fraction of the donated £20 million has reached the survivors and families of the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy which claimed the lives of well over the official figure of 80 men, women and children.

    Meanwhile, a mass protest outside the first full meeting of Kensington and Chelsea council has been called for 6.00pm tonight outside the town hall. Relatives of victims, survivors and local residents alike are furious at decades of neglect and mistreatment of working class people in the area.

    More than 170 tonnes of physical donations like clothes, sleeping bags and bedding were donated by concerned members of the public in the wake of the tragedy. But to date, only 10 tonnes – less than 6% – of those donations have been distributed to those affected by the fire.

    Out of the £20m donated after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, just £800,000 has so far been dished out to relatives and survivors. Charities claim that it is the sheer logistical challenge which is ‘really off the scale’, and that the sheer volume of items donated means that only brand new items are being given direct to residents.

    However, the same cannot be said about the cash, with residents rightly questioning why it is being leaked so slowly. The Justice for Grenfell campaign said: ‘The disastrous fire at Grenfell has resulted in an as yet unconfirmed number of fatalities but we know the official figures currently used don’t hold up to public scrutiny.

    ‘The lives of countless families have been wrecked but Grenfell survivors and the wider community are still being treated with utter contempt. The councillors responsible for this chaos and tragedy must go!’

    The government have only pledged £5,500 in emergency funds for every household who lost their home. However, very few families have received their £5,500. Kensington and Chelsea is London’s richest borough, but is one of the places with the biggest gap in life expectancy in the UK, as has been widely reported following the Grenfell Tower fire.

    The richest people in Kensington and Chelsea live 16 years longer than the poorest. This is because of so-called social determinants which cover factors such as housing, education, working conditions and poverty.


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