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Benny

I’m still just trying to see what the media puts together as the investigation continues. I do know there are plenty of angry people, and if Corbyn is right, May is going to have a hell of a Question Time next week, much of her Homeland group to do some explaining in meetings.

It’ll be interesting to see the millionaires who seldom live in their luxury flats are willing to put up funds to put those displaced in decent housing.

wi59

Theirs a difference between someone that wants a photo op and someone that’s a person of the people and is genuine about it. The difference is easy to see here.

humphrey

The people are impressed with May! LOL

humphrey

The question is how much longer will she last?

polarbear4

Theresa May just go and play
Jeremy Corbyn will save the day!

humphrey

Sadly it was all about saving money to beautify the building.

humphrey

Throwing this in because I like the tweet.

polarbear4

Oh yeah, let’s go, world! Let’s start the truth speaking, the truth in motion, the truth of being human—that our relationships with our brothers and sisters are what truly make our lives meaningful, not pocketing dough while others die. And we all KNOW this, and we’ve forgotten it.

Yes, I still like money very much. And I’d like to think we can have both physical and relational abundance. But if you forget your fellow beings, your joy is not true.

humphrey

Here is one more.

humphrey

He was responding to this.

polarbear4

Ah yes, terrible man! Actually goes into the neighborhood and listens and comforts. Terrible man.

Listen up, Economist, this IS a political tragedy, and y’all would do well to stop asking us to forget what your beloved austerity and corpse favoring does to us.

Benny

PM May invited a group of survivors to 10 Downing today. From HuffPo:

Theresa May has sought to quell anger over the Grenfell Tower disaster by inviting survivors to Downing Street – after the embattled PM was forced to flee crowds of furious residents on Friday.

Residents and volunteers will attend a private session at No 10 on Saturday, it was reported, after intense criticism of May’s approach in the aftermath of the blaze, which claimed at least 30 lives and injured dozens more.

Residents of the destroyed tower said May was far too slow to visit the stricken community, that the building had been unsafe and that officials have failed to give enough information and support to those who have lost relatives and their homes.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/theresa-may-grenfell-tower-downing-street_uk_59450d12e4b01eab7a2dfc52?utm_hp_ref=uk&

polarbear4

i hope they tell her nothing less than her resignation will suffice. as if she will change her spots.

humphrey

Good one!

magsview

Thank you for covering the Grenfell Tower tragedy Subir.

It’s all so sad. The sheer awfulness of the factors in the fire and resulting deaths has ripped open, for all to see, the real effects of classism, austerity and disregard for the well-being of those on the lower rungs of the privilege and economic ladder.

The emotional anguish of MP David Lammy:

Then this poor woman showing the demeaning letter local residents just received pouring salt on their wounds:

It’s all been laid bare.

magsview

By the way, the “anti-social and harassing behavior”? Playing with “balls in the area”. Heaven forbid that the kids get to have a little outdoor time.

polarbear4

David Lammy, you are awesome here. Chills.

magsview

magsview

People mobilizing:

humphrey

The list of fatalities keeps growing!

humphrey

This comes from a member of the British Parliament.

magsview

From Jacobin:

A Very Political Tragedy

Today’s horrific fire in London’s Grenfell Tower is a symbol of a deeply unequal United Kingdom.

Every time a tragedy occurs, you can rely on a wave of commentators chiding any attempt to “politicize” the situation. With today’s Grenfell Tower fire in West London, those voices were prominent immediately. And no wonder: the atrocity was explicitly political.

In the richest borough of one of the wealthiest countries in the world, people in social housing, many on low incomes, were killed and injured in a fire that could have been prevented or contained. Rather than diverting blame from those responsible, or treating it as an act of nature, our responsibility is to ask why it occurred.

Time and again, residents reported serious concerns about the safety of the building to the management organization, the local council, and the member of parliament (recently unseated in the general election). They were met with silence, and several told me on the scene they were convinced it was because they were poor, living in a rich borough that was determined to socially cleanse the area as part of a gentrifying project.

The volume of rage at the tragedy, and the fact it seems so preventable, has forced politicians to promise investigations. The battle now is to ensure that this anger is turned into change.

As one resident told me, many people will have died locked in their homes, aware that nobody had cared for their safety while they lived. The only way to change a world where that can happen is through political action.

polarbear4

such blatant disregard for human life. what is it in this modern world that nourishes people who honestly don’t seem to care if another dies, as long as they profit. WTFrack is it?!?!?!?

and i bet those foreign owners got tax deductions for those empty apartments.

magsview

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