Grenfell Tower in flames

Grenfell Tower Crime

The whole country is in shock following the crime of the Grenfell Tower fire. The negligence of the Tory run Council and May’s struggling government in the aftermath horrified us.

How we rejoiced when his suggestion to open up empty flats for the survivors, was taken up. A nagging doubt tormented me. How would the other residents react.  This was a borough that had cladded a tower block in cheap combustible material in order to “prettify” its appearance for the benefit of more affluent residents in the borough.

Yesterday’s Guardian published some reactions of the ‘other’ tenant of Kensington Row.

“We paid a lot of money to live here – these people – won’t even be paying the service charge”

Another comment: “there are a lot of people who have bought flats and will now see the values drop – it opens up a can of worms in the housing market”

A reaction from a workman at the flats: “Look at the cars down there” a jaguar with a personalised number plate is among them. “Money rules the world. People like me will never live here.”

What sort of society have we become? These comments come at a time when disaster tourists have to be reminded to pay their respects to the dead when they arrive to take their selfies in front of the tower – a grim reminder

A society which knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

By Jackie Griffiths
Swanley & District Labour Party

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