“… I’m aware that I am making assumptions about the causes of the fire’s rapid spread and we must all wait for the investigators to reach their conclusions, but the lessons of Lakanal House and other fires are well established. Stopping future fires is all about political choices. Brandon Lewis’s rejection of a proposal to make sprinklers compulsory for high rises in 2014 when he was housing minister was a choice. Cutting back on the number of fire crews, or the budgets for planning officers due to austerity, is a choice. An ideological aversion to red tape and the deriding of our health and safety culture are political choices and ones we should now think carefully about.
Housing minister Brandon Lewis’s rejection of a proposal to make sprinklers compulsory in high rises was a choice. …”