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Comments Off on Mayhem 07 October 2017


Remember the words of Theresa May following the Grenfell Tower disaster?

“The response of the emergency services, NHS and the community has been heroic. But, frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough.

“I have heard the concerns and I have ordered immediate action across the board to help victims’ relatives and the survivors. People lost everything in the fire and were left in only the clothes they were wearing.

“I can confirm that a £5m emergency fund that I announced yesterday is now being distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials. If more funding is required, it will be provided.”

The shell of Grenfell Tower hangs over not just the locality but over our so-called civilised society. People died, others lost everything in an area of untold and unimagined wealth. Except in the poorer areas, that is. Today we learn that Theresa May has broken yet another promise: the government is not going to provide more funding and monies required to make other buildings safe will need to come from local authorities themselves. This is wrong.

Councils have had their budgets stripped to the bone by the national government as part of the austerity programme instigated by the Tories with their Lib Dem friends and continued by the Tory governments of 2015 and 2017. Most councils, especially those in inner cities where the tower blocks exist, do not have a pot to piss in, but they have council blocks to make safe and they were told by Theresa May, that emptiest of political vessels imaginable, that “if more funding us required, it will be provided”, except that now it won’t be.

May was famous for criticising Labour for its magic money tree, yet she seemed to find it when she wanted to have her government propped up by the Democratic Unionists of Northern Ireland. Look, come on: if the government can spend our money in its own narrow interests, they can afford to ensure that our people who live in the tatty old tower blocks that this country deem acceptable for the very poorest to ensure they are safe.

It is about time our politicians stopped acting if it was all about them. Actually, it’s all about us, the people that elect them, not them. They shouldn’t be telling us what to do, it should be the other way around. If we really think it’s okay that innocent people have been allowed to burn to death just to save a few bob that can instead be handed to a bunch of climate change denying, homophobic, anti abortionists, then this country is going to the dogs far more quickly than I imagined.

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