Grenfell Anniversary: Activist Rapper Lowkey Takes Aim At Boris Johnson and UK Neoliberalism

14 June 2021 — MintPress News

Corporate Greed

Four years after the Grenfell Tower fire, rapper and activist Lowkey revisits the tragic fire that tore through the North Kensington tower block on June 14, 2017 — killing 72 low-income residents of housing owned by real-estate moguls.

By Lowkey Lowkey

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London Metropolitan Police cite Grenfell Inquiry to justify not pressing criminal charges By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden

9 March 2019 — WSWS

End collaboration with the inquiry now!

London’s Metropolitan Police will not press any charges regarding the 72 deaths at Grenfell Tower until “the latter part of 2021.” They justify this extraordinary admission by citing the need to wait for the government inquiry into Grenfell to complete its business.

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New study reveals more details on deadly flammable cladding used on Grenfell Tower By Alice Summers

14 February 2019 — WSWS

Flammable cladding similar to the material which had covered Grenfell Tower is still being widely used across the UK. The combustible cladding used on Grenfell was a significant factor in allowing the rapid spread of a small fire and creating toxic smoke with deadly consequences on June 14, 2017.

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Grenfell Tower: Class action lawsuit in US against flammable cladding manufacturer By Paul Bond

16 January 2019 — WSWS

A class action lawsuit in the United States against Grenfell Tower cladding manufacturer Arconic underscores how culpability for the fire that killed 72 is an open secret. It also reveals the extent to which the institutions of the British ruling class are going in order to prevent any pursuit of the guilty.

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A tale of two cities: Grenfell Tower and the “ultra-luxury” lives of the super-rich By Robert Stevens

24 December 2018 — WSWS

Quam bonum in Unum habitare —“What a good thing it is to dwell together in unity

The above is the motto of the Conservative-run Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council (RBKC) in London. We suggest it be changed, as RBKC is carrying out its social cleansing agenda to such an extent that a more appropriate motto would be: “What a good thing it is for the richest to live in glorious isolation from the poor.

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Second phase of Grenfell inquiry delayed for a year By Alice Summers

14 December 2018 — WSWS

As the first phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry concluded, its chair, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, announced that its next phase is unlikely to go ahead until autumn 2019 at the earliest.

The first phase concluded more than a year after its first session in September 2017. The inquiry has strict limitations about what can be discussed and when, with the first phase only taking witness and expert testimony regarding the night of the June 14, 2017 fire that killed 72 people.

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UK government’s crocodile tears over burning of Grenfell Tower effigy backfire By Robert Stevens

10 November 2018 — WSWS

Millions were sickened by a vile video of a group of backward racists burning an effigy of Grenfell Tower on bonfire night, November 5.

The cardboard model had cut out paper figures with brown faces, looking out of the tower windows, with the perpetrators making derogatory comments about Grenfell Tower residents. As it is set on fire, one participant is heard saying, “Help me, help me!” and “Jump out the window!” Another says to laughter, in a reference to the failed “stay put” policy of the fire brigade, “Stay in your flat, we are coming to get you.” In a reference to a woman wearing a niqab, one states, “The little ninja is getting it at the minute,” Another comments, “That’s what happens when they don’t pay their rent.”

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The Fires that Foretold Grenfell—Documentary reveals how UK governments ignored lessons of previous fire tragedies By Margo Miller

9 November 2018 — WSWS

Documentary directed by filmmaker Jamie Roberts and first shown on BBC Two, now available on BBC iPlayer.

The Fires that Foretold Grenfell, a well-researched, powerful documentary, is essential viewing for anyone seeking to understand the causes of and background to the June 2017 Grenfell fire tragedy. It includes harrowing interviews with survivors of five fires across the UK over a span of 45 years, their families and firefighters.

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