Grenfell Tower disaster commemoration in London

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19 June 2017

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Memorial service to mark 6 months since fire tragedy

Thursday 14th December 2017

A MEMORIAL service to be held today for the 71 people killed in the Grenfell Tower fire will be an opportunity for “healing and truth,” bereaved relative Clarrie Mendy said yesterday.

Ms Mendy, whose cousin Mary Mendy and her daughter Khadija Saye died in the fire, helped organise the multi-faith service.

The service at St Paul’s Cathedral takes place on the sixth-month anniversary of the devastating fire.

Ms Mendy asked for the names of the 53 adults and 18 children who died to be read out.

She said: “I just hope this service reflects, I hope it resonates actually with people, with the hunger people have spiritually.

“A lot of people, right now there’s no trust in the government, a lot of people have more faith and trust in their religion.”

More than 1,500 people are expected to attend, around half of whom are bereaved families and survivors while the other half includes members of the North Kensington community, volunteers and first responders to the disaster.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Prime Minister Theresa May, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and some members of the royal family are expected to attend.

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon has criticised Ms May for refusing to create a diverse Grenfell inquiry panel as requested by survivors and their bereaved families in a petition handed to Downing Street on Tuesday.

He told the Star yesterday: “Nothing here in the UK so symbolises the indifference of powerful people and institutions to the lives of ordinary people as the Grenfell fire, the circumstances leading up to it and its aftermath.”

11 thoughts on “Grenfell Tower disaster commemoration in London

  1. Thursday 14th December 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    THERESA MAY and Jeremy Corbyn will attend today’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the half-yearly anniversary of the Grenfell Tower conflagration, with 150 families still awaiting a permanent home.

    May has been called out for her failure to make good on her promise to rehouse all survivors within three weeks of the fire and is reduced to making more promises that few believe.

    The government’s failure to honour its Grenfell pledges reflects its attitude towards the wider picture of homelessness.

    Corbyn, who has campaigned constantly, under both Labour and Tory governments, for secure, affordable homes to rent provided by local authorities, raised the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions.

    While May baited him over New Labour failures in office when few council homes were built and the government adopted the Tory policy of privatising council housing stock, Corbyn pointed out that it had at least presided over a two-thirds reduction in homelessness.

    In contrast, since the Tories went into coalition with fellow neoliberal zealots the Liberal Democrats, homelessness has spiralled, with 128,000 children likely to wake up on Christmas Day in temporary or emergency housing.

    How could it be otherwise when the Tories have failed their commitment to deliver one-for-one replacement for every council house sold under the right to buy scheme?

    Barely one in five have been replaced and many of those sold have ended up in the private rented sector at greatly increased rents.

    The Tories show no real interest in building local authority homes to rent cheaply because they fear that this would tend to lower demand in the housing market and reduce pressure to increase rents.

    They already showed their true colours in voting down a Labour amendment laying down that all homes offered for rent should be “fit for human habitation,” when it was revealed that over a quarter of Tory MPs are private landlords.

    While Corbyn stresses the need to tackle housing shortages, his opponents prefer to mollycoddle rogue landlords.


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