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  1. Jonathan Pye gets less and less funny with each video. Why? Because he gets closer and closer to the heart of the issues of our society with each new video – and that is just terribly, terribly sad.

    Am I the only person who finds it tragically ironic that Theresa May is going to give each family from Grenfell House £5,500 (well I guess she is giving it to those families who still have someone still alive) – an amount per family which is pretty much equal to the additional cost for the entire building to have fitted the fireproof version of cladding.

    Why, o, why is it always about paying compensation to survivors and then franticly running around and paying way over the odds to fix the same problems elsewhere before we get a repeat.

    I don’t know about you, but I want to have a government who sees it as their duty – perhaps even their primary duty – to keep its citizens safe. I want a government that thinks about people not balance sheets, and who thinks about the long term future rather than the short term budget when it is making decisions. And of course, when tragedies like this come home to roost, we end up paying for the compensation and remedial works from our tax payments, it won’t be paid for by all the people who made this possible (or maybe even inevitable at some point with one tower block or another) through negligent decisions.

    Well – Jonathan Pye I think has got it spot on here. That type of government has not been a Conservative Government for the last 7 years – and probably never will be with a Conservative Government (which, remember, is paid for by the very rich, is run by the rich, for the benefit of the rich).

    And no doubt the public inquiry will eventually wring its hands and say how terrible it all was / is, but will fail to hold any specific person (or body) accountable. And of course unlike an Inquest which is independent of government, the public inquiry will have its terms of reference and boundaries defined by the government – so presumably they will exclude any review of how the Home Office under Theresa May as Home Secretary did nothing to implement the recommendations of the Coroners report from the previous 2009 tower fire which would have prevented this tragedy.

    And finally, do we have any reason to believe that, in 3 years time when the trauma has subsided and post-Brexit economics are the focus of news items, the government will not sit on the recommendations of the Public Enquiry and hope that there won’t be another tragedy? After all, that is EXACTLY what they did with the last report, so why should we believe they will do anything different with the next one?


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