Why the Grenfell Tower fire happened – by a survivor

““Every single link in this chain is going to be found to be rotten and cancerous,” Daffern [the survivor who had lived there for 16 years and predicted the tragedy in his blog] said.

“The government didn’t implement the inquest recommendations after the Lakanal House fire where six people died in 2009. Had they done that Grenfell wouldn’t have happened. RBKC failed to carry out scrutiny of the TMO.

“The way the TMO [Tenant Management Organisation] operated, the handling of the contracts, the construction, through to the building regs, the materials that were used, the consultation process.”

When asked what links these failures, he said: “Greed, lack of respect, lack of humanity. It is the opposite of everything it should be. This is housing as a commodity to be exploited. It is not only in RBKC [Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea], it is what housing has become.”


Only in the Sunday Times …

… would you find an article with the headline:

“Small businesses at risk from house price fall”

about small business owners using their homes as collateral.

Might a headline in the Daily Mirror read:

“Small business owners forced to use houses as collateral as big banks fleece them with high interest rates and government fleeces them with high business rates”!

Beware the close pals of your close pals …

Swire is a 50% director of a company planning to invest in energy projects in emerging markets with Lord Barker:


Lord Barker is facing pressure to resign as chair of the Russian aluminium giant En+ owned by sanction-hit billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

Here is what the Sunday Times has to say about Mr Deripaska today in an article headed: ” ‘Dirty money’ probe targets oligarchs”:

” … aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska, who is worth more than £2.6 billion and whose company En+ Group is listed on the Lindon Stock Exchange … was accused of illegal wiretapping, extortion, racketeering, money laundering, and threats against business rivals. …”

Source: Sunday Times (pay wall)

“Home Builders Federation criticises planning proposals”to

Oh, those poor, poor developers … less profit … that’s all this is about:

Proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework could cause the cost of land to increase and exacerbate the housing crisis, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has warned in a letter to the Government.

The industry body claimed that proposed changes, which would enable councils to base contributions towards affordable housing based on the existing value of land – rather than its projected sale value – would mean they would have to offer lower sums to landowners and therefore be able to build fewer homes.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said that proposed changes “will mean that developers know the contributions expected of them and local communities are clear about the infrastructure they will get alongside new homes. We are currently analysing responses to the consultation and will set out next steps in due course.”

Sources: Telegraph p1, Times p1 (pay walls)