The horror of Grenfell Tower is matched only by the rising fury at the way London’s working class, migrant, disabled and old were betrayed by failed capitalism and a mutilated welfare state.
The prophetic warnings of the Grenfell Action Group, were ignored.
The warnings of using this type of cladding was ignored.
The abdication of responsibility by Government agencies to private contractors is done on purpose so that when these events occur no one is held responsible. Mix this profit motive with the pressure by posher neighbourhoods wanting to gentrify and pretty up working class tower blocks no matter what that does to the safety of the building, and it is easy to see how free market capitalism has failed the residents of Grenfell Tower. They have been cheated by a mutilated welfare state that could never protect them because protection requires political power.
Their deaths are a tragedy but it is a tragedy that was written by ideologues and bureaucrats more interested in finding ways to shrug off their obligations than protect the poor.
In NZ, National get away with the exact same mutilation of our welfare state because those impacted by it die slowly and individually. 1600 NZers die each year because of cold houses, 41 000 are homeless and our suicide rate is 3 times as high as officials admit.
Sadly in NZ such social carnage will always be ignored.