Thursday 14 June, 2017
Grenfell Tower in West London on Wednesday morning, the block had already been ablaze for several hours (source: ibtimes.co.uk)
Yesterday morning Britain awoke to saturation coverage on TV and radio of a massive fire in a recently refurbished residential block in North Kensington, London. For once there was no suspicion of terrorist involvement in this story, even though the blaze was no ordinary domestic fire. It was also obvious that many people would have died in the tragedy although early reports could only confirm six fatalities.
While nobody that I saw blamed ‘immigrants’ or ‘Muslims’ the left wing hate mobs were on the case, trying to blame the evil conservatives, with one blogger even suggesting that former Conservative finance minister George Osborne was somehow responsible because he owns a town house nearby.
Reports continued to reveal more throughout the day and by lunchtime today a story more sinister than terrorism was unfolding. Though the actual cause of the fire was still unknown and it was being reported that resident s (of the tower and similar ones nearby) along with independent experts had been warning of safety issues for a considerable period but their concerns had been ignored.
It now appears there has been a spate of similar fires in tower blocks around the world, the common factor was that in all cases the buildings had been refurbished to improve energy efficiency, but some of the materials used, were not fit for purpose, insulated cladding being the main problem.
A blogger who warned the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council of the dangers lurking in Grenfell Tower was threatened by local officials for writing about problems in the building.
Home to over 600 people, Grenfell Tower, in the Lancaster West estate, west London, was engulfed in flames in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The true scale of the tragedy is only gradually becoming clear. Questions are being asked about how, in a modern building, a fire could spread so quickly.
As early as 2013, blogger Francis O’Connor, a member of the Grenfell Action Group (GAG), urged councillors and landlord Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization (KCTMO) to address the fire safety risks that new works on the building would cause.
GAG had several times tried to warn the council and the landlord that the building of a school and gym next to the estate would restrict emergency services’ access, including firefighting vehicles.
But a leaked letter reveals that officials at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea tried to silence the campaigners, sending a lawyer to threaten O’Connor.
“I am instructed that you previously posted blogs that have in general been critical of everything that takes place at Lancaster West in relation to the Kensington Academy Leisure Centre and investment on the estate,” solicitor Vimal Sarna wrote to O’Connor in July 2013.
It then instructs the group to delete the blog – an order the group defied.
In 2016, an article on the blog chillingly predicts that only a tragedy would bring serious attention to the tower’s problems.
“It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders,” the post reads.
“It is our conviction that a serious fire in a tower block or similar high density residential property is the most likely reason that those who wield power at the KCTMO will be found out and brought to justice!”
But the scandal seems to reach beyond local council remit, as the Mirror reports that former Housing Minister Brandon Lewis “sat on” information about the several fire risks in buildings such as Grenfell Tower.
According to the newspaper, Lewis did not take action on safety irregularities on tower blocks over 30 meters tall because it could “discourage building.” Instead he shrugged off suggestions that sprinklers should be installed in the block. Other ministers are believed to have also known about the damning evidence.
This major tragedy looks as if it may turn into a major scandal, exposing totally unsuspected levels of corruption in the public sector. This blog will report all developments.
Corruption: Paraphrasing Johnny Rotten, ‘Never trust a fahkin’ liberal’
As the ‘liberal supporters of Barack Obama’s hapless presidency and more recently the US Democratic Party’s 2016 failed candidate ‘Crooked Hillary’ Clinton whip themselves into an ever greater frenzy over the hugely entertaining antic of President Trump, An editorial at Investors Business Daily may end up being considered by historians as defining exactly why the Obama administration failed so catastrophically …
RIP the British Steel Industry, murdered by The EU. Vote Leave
As the future of not just Port Talbot steelworks but british steelmaking hangs in the balance with Indian conglomerate Tata Industries deciding the fate, we reflect that (A) the latest disaster for manufacturing is the fault of the EU and (B) We’ve been here before with Tata, a steelworks and a carbon credits scam.
Cameron’s Hopes For EU Membership Reforms For UK Torpedoed By Tusk
David Cameron’s hopes of winning serious concessions on sovereignty, border controls, contributions, trade agreements, human rights and labour laws so he could claim to have won a better deal for Britain by the time the in / out referendum starts next year European Union suffered an early blow when European Council President Donald Tusk warned that reaching a deal would be “very tough” …
Hungarian Leader Says Soros-Funded Groups Are Making Money From The Immigration Crisis
While Germany pursues its policy of replacing expensive German labour with cheap third woeld labour at act as fodder for its profit hungry factories, and the French government obediently follow their German masters while Britain stands aside, it is the poorer E U nations, led by Hungary, that have at last acted to stop the flood of unskilled, often illiterate refugees from third world nations flooding into EU nations.
EU Refugee Quota Scheme Unravels
The European Union (EU) faces many battles, from the one to stop the sigle currency system falling apart as nations like Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal find the costs ofr membership outweigh the benefits, to it’s latest, the Mediterranean boat people crisis as more and more people try to cross from North African to Europe illegally, with the help of human tafficking racketeers.
Cameron’s EU Deal Worthless. It Can Be Vetoed In European Parliament?
Another Reason To Get Out Of EU. UKIP MEP Hits Out At Fishing Policy That Penalises British Fishing Crews
As the General Election campaign starts to heat up, we try to shift focus away from the squabbling between Conservative and Labour about who can make the most promises they have no intention of keeping and to the real issues concerning jobs, social breakdown , mass immigration, and an often overlooked area in which our EU membership has perhaps done more damage than any other, the fishing industry.
High Class Prostitutes Are Used As Bribes In Business Deals.
Shock, horror! In the wake of elitist child abuse scandals and with the trial of International Bureaucrats Dominic eight-hookers-at-a-time Strauss Kahn under way in France (he’s accused of pimping) mainstream media have just discovered what an immoral and self indulgent sack of rogues the elite really are.
If You Believe Mainstream Media You Probably Think Russia Is On Its Knees – WRONG!
Barack Obama, David Cameron and other western leaders have been schlepping their anti Russia schtick around the gatherings of the global elite. The brave talk does not scare the Russian leaders at all, the neo Nazi regime shoehorned into power in Ukraine is losing its war against pro – Russian separatists.
Why Iceland Recovery Is Being Ignored In Mainstream News
Iceland is a small country with less that half a million people so is not a good comparison with Britain. It’s recovery from near bankruptcy in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis however is due to the rejection of politically correct, globalist politics so in that light it serves to illustrate that to suggest Britain (60 million people) cannot survive outside the EU is just globalist scaremongering.
After Europe’s Political Earthquake Scandal, Sleaze, and Corruption Are Gifts for Le Pen, UKIP and Eurosceptics
Our New Unhappy Lords, the smooth faced, soft handed pen pushers and bean counters of europes ruling bureaucratic dictatorship must have though they were coasting towards their goal of integratinf the European Unions member states into a single federal technocracy. Unfortunately for them they voters are not as stupid or apethetic as they imagined, neiher were the politicians of establishment parties as competent as they claimed.
Open Letter to the New Finance Minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis
(This letter ran on the following notable blogs: David Stockman’s ContraCorner, Dmitry Orlov’s Blog, and The StealthFlation Blog: Dear Yanis, As an ardent admirer, with the utmost respect for what you have put forward and accomplished to date, I humbly offer my thoughts for your consideration.
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Europe and UKIP
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Our New Unhappy Lords
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