Why we still don’t know “the truth” about Grenfell

31 October 2019 — Open Democracy

The media reporting of the Grenfell Inquiry’s Phase 1 findings shows the battle that lies ahead.

Grenfell Tower lit up in green to commemorate the fireGrenfell Tower in West London, 30 October 2019
Steve Parsons/PA Wire/PA Images

On 14 June 2017, a devastating fire broke out at Grenfell Tower, eventually killing 72 people, injuring hundreds more and leaving over 200 households homeless. Yesterday, a Prime Minister not renowned for being closely acquainted with honesty has trumpeted that the formal unveiling of the Report of Phase 1 of the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell disaster will offer the bereaved, survivors and wider affected community “the truth”. We really hope so, but the media reporting of the Inquiry’s findings so far shows the battle that lies ahead.

Grenfell Report Phase 1 Seeks to Blame the Firefighters

29 October 2019 — Craig Murray

One simple fact cannot be hidden. The firefighters did not cause the fire. Phase 1 of Judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s report of the public inquiry into the Grenfell disaster has been released to relatives prior to publication tomorrow. According to the Guardian, it concentrates blame on the firefighters in charge of tackling the blaze. This is an entirely predictable Establishment ploy; blame the little people.

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In a new report, firefighters lay the ‘ultimate responsibility’ for Grenfell at the UK government’s feet

24 September 2019 — The Canary

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Fire destroys another residential tower block in London By Thomas Scripps

13 September 2019 — WSWS

Another inferno has torn through a large block of London residential flats. Just over two years after the Grenfell Tower inferno, the raging fire completely destroyed an entire structure—this time in Worcester Park in the borough of Sutton, in the southwest of the capital.

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Britain: Grenfell – two years on, unite to fight for justice By Nico Baldion

14 June 2019 — In Defence of Marxism

Nico Baldion (Chair of Kensington and Chelsea Momentum) and Dan Langley

Image: Natalie Oxford

When Theresa May made a tearful resignation announcement in front of Downing Street recently, many posts on social media went viral speaking about the lack of tears from the Prime Minister over Grenfell. In any case, Grenfell families wouldn’t have been comforted by any tears then, and they certainly won’t be now. They want justice.

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Free Reis Morris! Grenfell Tower campaigner imprisoned while those guilty of social murder walk free

8 June 2019 — WSWS

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK) 

The Socialist Equality Party condemns the imprisonment of Grenfell justice campaigner Reis Morris. His jailing is a vicious act of class justice aimed at suppressing opposition and protecting those responsible for 72 deaths in the Grenfell Tower inferno.

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A history of council housing: Municipal Dreams brings the national story of housing to life

25 May 2019 — Verso Books

Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing John Boughton

“An elegant and compendious ongoing exploration of Britain’s social history through its council estate… There couldn’t be a better time for this book.” – Lynsey Hanley, Guardian

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