London Grenfell disaster survivors rehoused unsafely


A large delegation of firefighters from the North West Region FBU joined the Silent Walk in North Kensington, London, on Wednesday night demanding justice for the victims of the Grenfell Tower inferno

From daily News Line in Britain:

Grenfell families rehoused in ‘high fire-risk’ building

16th August 2019

[London Conservative] KENSINGTON and Chelsea council have re-housed Grenfell survivors and their families in a block found to have a ‘high risk’ of fire!

A fire risk assessment of the Hortensia Road block in Kensington, which is currently housing 20 people and was set aside for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, also found that there was ‘no evidence’ that the cladding of the building had been inspected.

A fresh fire-risk assessment commissioned by the residents and carried out by consultancy Fire-X last month, found three sources of ‘high substantial risk’ in the building.

As its first substantial risk, Fire-X found ‘service penetrations’ through the riser walls had ‘either been sealed incorrectly or not sealed at all’.

The assessment of Hortensia Road found that the doors leading to the fire escape had gaps larger than the recommended 3mm, meaning fire and smoke could spread through them.

Wednesday evening saw over 300 survivors, local community and their supporters demanding justice attended the Silent Walk on Wednesday evening, the twenty-sixth month after the Grenfell fire which claimed 72 lives.

A delegation of 30 firefighters from the FBU North West region travelled from as far as Cumbria to join the walk.

FBU North West Region Secretary, Mark Rowe, told News Line: ‘Firefighters from Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Manchester have come down today to show their solidarity and commitment to this community.

‘We want to ensure the Grenfell Tower tragedy is never ever repeated anywhere else in the UK.

‘From the time of the Summerland fire in the Isle of Man in the 1960s, when over 30 people lost their lives, it was known that certain cladding materials can be a death trap.

The government removal of “Red Tape” has meant the deregulation of building materials.’

FBU North West Region treasurer Andrew Fox-Hewitt said: ‘Due to Thatcher government’s deregulation policies carrying out the risk assessment of buildings as safe is driven by the need of profit and taken out of the control of the local authority.’

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Britain, from King Charles I to Boris Johnson


This video from England is called The [1640s] English Revolution: Professor Brian Manning.

From daily News Line in Britain:

The English Revolution of the 1640s becomes a burning issue today

9th August 2019

THE FRONT page of The Daily Telegraph yesterday led with an article headed: ‘John McDonnell threatens to march on the palace and tell the Queen: “We’re taking over”, if Boris Johnson loses a no-confidence vote’.

This referred to Labour’s shadow chancellor saying that he would be ‘sending Jeremy Corbyn in a cab to Buckingham Palace to say we’re taking over’ if Johnson lost a no confidence vote in Parliament.

Johnson has already indicated that if he loses the vote he will hang on and delay any general election until after October 31st killing off attempts to stop Brexit by MPs.

In this bitter war between the Remainers and the Brexit supporters around Johnson, the historical relevance of the English Revolution of the 1640s has emerged as a burning issue with both sides seeking to use it as justification.

Ex-Tory Home Secretary and Remainer, Malcolm Rifkind, wrote to The Times on Tuesday saying that if Johnson didn’t resign after losing the vote it ‘would create the gravest constitutional crisis since the actions of Charles I led to the Civil War’.

This was attacked in The Telegraph in an article which stated: ‘The Civil War was fought to establish that very principle, overturning Charles I’s Divine Right of Kings concept in the process. In the Civil War, the sovereignty of the people was championed by the Parliamentary forces of Oliver Cromwell and the New Model Army, the victors in that struggle.’

The fact that the English Revolution of the 17th century has now appeared so dramatically in the struggle is an indication of the revolutionary nature of the crisis.

For centuries the bourgeoisie in Britain has consciously avoided their own revolutionary origins. The revolution was always referred to as the Civil War and consigned to the history books as an unfortunate bloody episode from the distant past.

The reason for this is that it exposes the fact that far from capitalism being the ‘natural order of things’ it was formed in England out of a massive class struggle between a rapidly developing mercantile capitalist class that was being strangled by the old social relationships of the existing feudal system.

Capitalism in England could not develop under a social system where the King ruled by Divine Right and arbitrarily took what he wanted, plundering the wealth of the bourgeoisie, stunting their ability to develop an advanced capitalist system.

The conflict between Charles I and the bourgeoisie represented by Parliament could not be resolved in any peaceful fashion. For capitalism to develop it was necessary to smash the old feudal system through revolution.

It was this progressive role played by the revolutionary bourgeoisie under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell that allowed for the massive development of capitalism in Britain leading to the industrial revolution and Britain becoming the first imperialist power dominating and exploiting the world. Today capitalism has no progressive role.

In its death agony it can only survive through wars against the people of the world and war against the working class at home.

Equally, when the [Johnson tendency Conservative-Brexit party-UKIP] Brexiteers talk about the people’s will trumping that of Parliament, what they are fighting for is not a revolutionary change but of transforming the UK into a vassal state of American imperialism.

Far from either side [Remain or Brexit] emulating the revolutionary determination of Cromwell to smash the old order they are both counter-revolutionary, reflecting the splits in the capitalist class about which imperialist bloc, the US or the EU, a collapsing British capitalism should cling to for survival.

The only progressive class today is the working class – the only class that can advance humanity from capitalism in its death agony through the victory of the socialist revolution.

British Home Secretary Patel, punk rock parody


This 29 July parody music video from Britain is called Sacked Patels – Priti Vacant (lyric video).

It is a parody of Pretty Vacant by the Sex Pistols.

It is about Priti Patel, the new Home Secretary in Boris Johnson’s Conservative government.

It says about itself:

Why did Priti Patel, our new Home Secretary, have to leave her previous ministerial role? Find out on “Priti Vacant” by her Sex Pistols tribute band, Sacked Patels, fronted by the iconic Priti Rotten.

LYRICS:

There was no point in asking the Foreign Office
Because Boris Johnson was out on the piss
If anyone asks, yes they did have a hunch
That Netanyahu and I went out to lunch

Oh I’m so Priti, I’m so Priti
I’m vacant
I met with Bibi, met with Bibi
On vacation

Don’t ask about the meetings ’cause I wasn’t there
Okay, there were a couple, but just that – I swear
Alright, I confess, there were a dozen or so
I said we’d send them money
Don’t tell the FCO

Oh I’m so Priti, I’m so Priti
I’m vacant
I met with Bibi, met with Bibi
On vacation