Disaster at Arm's Length

Seymour, Richard

Publisher:  Jacobin
Date Written:  21/06/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21022

The Grenfell Tower disaster in London exposes the class violence embedded in London's gentrifying neighbourhoods.


Excerpt: What you need to know is this is not the first time this has happened. In 2009 there was a fire in another tower block in South London called Lakanal. It was caused by many of the same kinds of issues. Essentially, the fire safety provisions were completely inadequate. It was blamed on the local council, in that case, and they were fined over five hundred thousand pounds.

But it's also related to legislation and it's related to the fact that the government has had a report into the need for proper fire safety provisions at tower blocks in the United Kingdom. They are completely underserviced, and the government sat on the report.
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