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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Residents oppose official cover-up of Grenfell fire toxic contamination By Barry Mason

8 November 2018 — WSWS

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, along with concerned local residents, have demanded answers as to why no action has been taken over soil sample tests showing levels of toxicity in the vicinity of the inferno.

The tests, conducted by toxicology expert Professor Anna Stec, indicated potentially carcinogenic chemicals, which could have long-term health consequences. Stec had independently undertaken the tests, responding to concerns of survivors and residents.

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UK: Report reveals widespread soil contamination after Grenfell Tower fire By Alice Summers

23 October 2018 — WSWS

Large concentrations of harmful toxins have been found in the dust and soil around Grenfell Tower. The toxins, which are potentially carcinogenic and may have long-term health implications for survivors of the fire and for local residents, have been identified in the preliminary findings of a study by toxicology expert, Professor Anna Stec.

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Grenfell Tower: Survivors and bereaved give evidence—“We will not be silenced anymore” By Paul Bond

13 October 2018 — WSWS

The official inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017, which claimed 72 lives, has been hearing testimony from survivors, relatives and the bereaved about the events of that night.

The Inquiry is separating evidence about the night’s events from submissions on wider issues concerning the responsibility for the fire of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO)—which managed the building on its behalf. These are scheduled for Phase Two of the Inquiry, which will not begin until after December.

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London Review of Books publishes scurrilous account of Grenfell Tower fire By Alice Summers

15 June 2018 — WSWS

On June 7, the London Review of Books featured The Tower, a lengthy essay  on the Grenfell Tower inferno by journalist and novelist Andrew O’Hagan.The essay marked one year since the devastating fire that claimed at least 72 lives. It also coincided with the opening days of the official inquiry during which fire survivors and relatives of those who died gave moving tributes to their loved ones. O’Hagan’s piece, however, is a mockery of journalistic and social integrity.

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UK: Tories seek to defuse anger over Grenfell fire ahead of official public inquiry By Robert Stevens

18 May 2018 — WSWS

Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety has evoked widespread outrage for failing to recommend that the type of highly flammable cladding installed on Grenfell Tower—and many other public and private buildings around the UK—should be banned.

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Metropolitan Police try to block Freedom of Information requests over Grenfell Tower By Simon Whelan

11 November 2017 — WSWS

London Metropolitan Police have advised the Kensington and Chelsea Council (KCC) to prevent the release of correspondence that could provide damaging information on the failure to prevent a serious fire at Grenfell Tower.

Police officers are monitoring and vetting Freedom of Information requests regarding what the council knew of fire risks to Grenfell Tower, and when, after serious warnings made by the Fire Brigade Union (FBU).

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Grenfell Tower fire eyewitnesses: “It’s because of our class—we are the lowest socioeconomic class on the food chain”

20 September 2017 — WSWS

Salma was an eyewitness to the Grenfell Tower fire. She knew the Wahabi family, of whom all five members perished in the inferno.

She explained to the WSWS, “I live quite close to the block and what I saw that night was a catalogue of errors. It started as a small fire and what I didn’t understand was, a month before there was a fire in [nearby] 31-storey Trellick Tower. That fire was contained. Continue reading