So many of the people in Power who hold seats in Parliament have vested interests in other financial matters, in this case being Landlords, and that vested interest raises their financial wealth over the actual lives of fellow human beings:
Some tragedies are wholly unavoidable, others the result of wanton negligence.
As events come into sharp relief, and evidence accumulates, it looks increasingly likely that yesterday morning’s events at Grenfell Tower – near London’s Notting Hill – might fall into the second category. At the time of writing twelve people are known to have died with more than 50 others currently being treated in hospital as the deadly inferno continues to rage on.
Residents who witnessed the blaze as it began spoke of how cladding, added to the building in a recent ‘refurbishment’, appeared to be highly flammable, “catching up like a matchstick” according to one. Another observer referred to the “shoddy plastic things” on the exterior of the tower that “set up alight”. Reports suggest this cladding was added to appease luxury property developers.
In addition there were reportedly no fire alarms that ran through the entire building, with the block itself lacking an integrated fire alarm system – something which each individual flat was expected to possess. Quickly, the entire block was ablaze.
Grenfell’s landlord – the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) – had previously been in receipt of legal warnings over fire safety in two other tower blocks, Adair and Hazelwood Towers, after in October 2015 50 people had to be rescued from their flats. Not long thereafter the London Fire Brigade issued an enforcement notice on both buildings, outlining a catalogue of failings.
KCTMO completed the work in November 2016, less than a year after the LFB issued that warning. But the local residents’ association remained unhappy with the safety of Grenfell Tower, as is evidenced in a blog post from that same month:
“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. We believe that the KCTMO are an evil, unprincipled, mini-mafia”.