The 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London
Failed by the State co-director Daniel Renwick: “Every day I meet people who have been politicised and have a deeper consciousness”
By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2018
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Daniel Renwick about the making of Failed by the State, a documentary on the Grenfell fire, and the attack launched against it by the Daily Beast and right-wing newspapers in Britain.
By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2018
The attack on the documentary is part of a broader offensive by the ruling elite and its media, which are attempting to portray all expressions of political and social dissent as “fake news” being spread by the Putin regime in Russia.
By Trevor Johnson, 6 February 2018
Even on essential safety issues like fire prevention, the Hackitt report considers it too great an imposition on landlords to demand, in law, that they carry out basic improvements such as fitting sprinkler systems in tower blocks.
By Robert Stevens, 3 February 2018
Several members of the audience demanded that those responsible for “social murder” be arrested and sent to jail.
By Barry Mason, 23 January 2018
Proxima GR Properties are refusing to meet the costs of replacing the flammable cladding—in violation of Landlord and Tenant Law—or even the costs of providing the fire safety warden service.
By our reporters, 17 January 2018
Some 1,500 people, including survivors and the families of those who died in last year’s Grenfell Tower fire, staged their monthly Silent March on January 14.
Fraud of official inquiry into Grenfell fire exposed by forced withdrawal of project management adviser
By Robert Stevens, 13 January 2018
The scandal over KPMG serves once again to dispel any illusions that the official Grenfell inquiry has anything to do with establishing the truth or holding the guilty to account.
By Margot Miller, 12 January 2018
While 36 councils have applied for help with funding, housing minister Alok Sharma recently conceded that no money has been handed over to date.
By Steve James, 30 December 2017
Three days before Christmas, Prime Minister Theresa May rejected a petition set up by a survivor of the July Grenfell Tower inferno in London.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 December 2017
The marchers carried photographs of those who had perished in the Grenfell fire, and held large green heart-shaped banners and placards with slogans including “Justice for Grenfell” and “We demand the truth.”
By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2017
The aim is to conceal the fact that, half a year on, no one has been questioned about, let alone arrested for, the inferno that killed more than 70 people.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 14 December 2017
On June 14, in the wealthiest borough of one of the very richest of capital cities, working class residents were burned to death because their home had been turned into a death trap.
By Paul Bond, 14 December 2017
A new three-part documentary shows how the Grenfell Tower inferno exposed the realities of class oppression and social inequality in the most brutal way.
By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2017
In the week prior to the procedural hearings, survivors launched a petition to demand that the blatantly undemocratic nature of the inquiry be changed.
By our reporter, 12 December 2017
Six months after the Grenfell Tower inferno, more than half of the households that require rehousing remain in temporary accommodation, including many children.
By Robert Stevens, 5 December 2017
The petition represents the first major independent challenge to the government’s plans to carry out a cover-up of the events that led to the deaths of at least 71 people.
22 November 2017
The Grenfell Fire Forum is holding the fourth in a series of regular meetings on December 9 at 2 p.m. at the Maxilla Hall Social Club, North Kensington, in London.
By Steve James, 18 November 2017
The report avoids any reference to the fire’s origins in national and local policy decisions, including the deregulation and privatisation of fire safety and building control, as well as fire service cuts.
By Simon Whelan, 11 November 2017
Attempts to stifle information over the Grenfell Tower inferno come as it has been revealed that 52 London tower blocks are similarly clad in flammable material.
By Paul Bond, 30 October 2017
The auction in London met up with the feeling of solidarity that many people have with those devastated by the fire.
By our reporters, 26 October 2017
One Forum participant said the Facebook page “will be important to give a voice to the survivors, many of whose terrible experiences have still to be told.”
By Tom Pearce, 20 October 2017
London has 32 boroughs, of which just 21 answered a survey on the cost of planned remedial safety work.
19 October 2017
The Grenfell Fire Forum is holding the second in a series of regular meetings on the Grenfell Tower fire on October 21 at the Maxilla Hall Social Club, North Kensington, London.
By Robert Stevens, 13 October 2017
No money has been made available to fund the installation of sprinkler systems, despite fire brigades stating that they are essential to prevent fires spreading.
By Dennis Moore, 6 October 2017
Many of the firefighters who tackled the Grenfell fire suffered mental health problems following that terrible event.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2017
Over 20 people, half of whom were local residents, attended the first meeting of the Grenfell Fire Forum last Saturday at the Maxilla Social Club in North Kensington, London.
29 September 2017
The SEP (UK) is holding the first in a series of regular meetings on the Grenfell Tower fire on September 30 at the Maxilla Hall Social Club, North Kensington, London.
Grenfell Tower fire eyewitnesses: “It’s because of our class—we are the lowest socioeconomic class on the food chain”
By our reporters, 20 September 2017
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke with local residents in Ladbroke Grove, London about the Grenfell Tower fire.
By our reporters, 19 September 2017
Inquiry Chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick claimed that he was “impartial” and had therefore rejected submissions to appoint a local resident to act as an assessor.
By Paul Armstrong, 18 September 2017
In the aftermath of the Lakanal House fire, the Labour-controlled council promised £62 million for improved fire safety and maintenance, but residents are still living in death traps.
By Paul Armstrong, 16 September 2017
Recommendations from a coroner’s inquest into the Lakanal House tower block fire, handed down in 2013, were ignored by the Conservative government, local council authorities and the London Fire Brigade.
the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 15 September 2017
The refusal of Sir Martin Moore-Bick to answer questions at the official opening of the government inquiry into the Grenfell Tower inferno epitomises the class arrogance and indifference of the powers-that-be towards working people.
By John Vassilopoulos, 14 September 2017
Arnold Tarling, a chartered surveyor and fire safety expert, told the WSWS government cuts were responsible for the Grenfell Tower inferno.
By Paul Bartizan, 14 September 2017
Australian authorities have known of the dangers of the widely-used aluminium composite panel cladding for more than a decade.
By Paul Bond, 11 September 2017
To his credit, Okri recognises the capitalist profit motive in the decisions that led to the Grenfell tragedy.
By Robert Stevens, 9 September 2017
The inquiry has no intention of achieving real justice for the victims of Grenfell—nor remedying the dangers faced by thousands of other tenants across the country.
By our reporters, 6 September 2017
“As long as the rich people, special interests and the establishment are ruling, then there will always be a cover-up.”
By Steve James, 29 August 2017
Every single one of the cladding systems now being exposed as deadly had previously been signed off by various regulatory bodies as safe.
By our reporters, 29 August 2017
The meeting offered no way forward for residents, of Salford or elsewhere, forced to live in potential death traps.
Interview with rapper El Nino about “Grenfell Tower’s Burning”: “We had to watch that, so why shouldn’t they have to listen to us?”
By Paul Bond, 28 August 2017
Following the World Socialist Web Site’s recent review of the artistic response to the Grenfell Tower fire from local artists, reviewer Paul Bond spoke to El Nino.
By Paul Bartizan, 26 August 2017
Government officials feign concern while issuing empty promises to try to politically deflect widespread concerns by residents and workers about at-risk buildings.
“As we grew up, our instinct was that the enemy was the system and the police. That’s what we were fighting against.”
By our reporters, 26 August 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to those who came to the SEP public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.
“Grenfell has shown one thing above all—and that is the enormous ingenuity, dedication and seriousness of the working class.”
By our reporters, 26 August 2017
Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden delivered closing remarks to the SEP’s August 19 public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.
By our reporters, 25 August 2017
A number of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire attended and spoke at the August 19 public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in London.
24 August 2017
To warm applause, White said, “The most effective use of our energy and our determination has to be mobilise our class, independently, not to expend our energy in fruitless appeals to the powers that be.”
Worker at SEP public meeting on the Grenfell Tower fire: “We are working class and we always suffer. A few people who are rich, they call the shots.”
By our reporters, 24 August 2017
Delroy, from Wembley in northwest London, spoke to the WSWS following the August 19 public meeting on Grenfell Tower.
By Chris Marsden, 23 August 2017
This speech was given by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden at the August 19 public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.
Speech given by Thomas Scripps at Socialist Equality Party public meeting
22 August 2017
Scripps: “It is politically vital to establish why this one event is a crime perpetrated by capitalism against the working class…and to explain why we have declared Grenfell to be an act of social murder.”
By our reporter, 21 August 2017
To ensure that all felt free to speak, the SEP had denied a request from Sky News to film proceedings and told police officers who inquired that they were not welcome.
Grenfell Tower fire: “I believe that it is social cleansing, and we are now seeing the result of it”
By our reporters, 18 August 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to residents of Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell Tower fire and the SEP’s public meeting to be held Saturday.
By our reporters, 17 August 2017
Around 500 local residents and others from London boroughs marched through the area surrounding Grenfell Tower Monday evening to mark two months since the fire.
By Dennis Moore and Margot Miller, 16 August 2017
Many tower blocks in Salford are clad in flammable material similar to that which encased the Grenfell Tower.
“The night our eyes changed”
By Paul Bond, 16 August 2017
Music mogul Simon Cowell brought together high-profile figures for a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, but a far more powerful and politically interesting response has come from local artists.
By our reporters, 15 August 2017
Newham council is refusing to house those it is making homeless in the Carpenters Estate even though there are 400 vacant houses available.
By our reporters, 14 August 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell fire.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 August 2017
Safety checks carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire indicate the Ledbury tower blocks are at risk of collapse in the event of a gas explosion.
By Daniel O’Flynn and Michael Gardner, 12 August 2017
Residents of 242 flats on the Ledbury estate in south London spoke to the WSWS about Southwark Council’s telling them they will have to “temporarily decant the blocks over the coming weeks and months” for emergency works.
By Chris Marsden, 12 August 2017
The loss of public trust in the media is not because of one or another wrong position, but because almost every major newspaper and TV station is in the pockets of the billionaires who own them.
Survivors, SEP member denounce police inaction over Grenfell Tower fire at latest community public meeting
By Paul Mitchell, 11 August 2017
Eight weeks after the fire, few of the promised measures have materialised and survivors and local residents continue to be treated with contempt.
By Steve James, 10 August 2017
Decades prior to the Grenfell fire, the dangers of flammable and incorrectly installed cladding were known to governments of all stripes and ignored.
By our reporters, 9 August 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to local residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell Tower fire.
By our reporters, 8 August 2017
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell Tower fire, ahead of the public meeting, Grenfell Fire—Social Murder: A crime against the working class.
By Chris Marsden, 5 August 2017
An earlier blaze in the United Arab Emirates tower was attributed to the same type of cladding and insulation used on Grenfell Tower in London.
By Thomas Scripps, 4 August 2017
Currently, only 45 households have accepted accommodation offers, with only 12 properly rehoused.
By our reporters, 4 August 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to former Grenfell Tower residents about Kensington and Chelsea’s rehousing offer.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 August 2017
Across London, 19,845 homes, worth some £9.4 billion ($12 billion), sat idle for over six months in 2016.
By our reporters, 1 August 2017
Speakers outlined the parallels between the fire in London, and the gutting of building safety regulations in Australia by successive Labor and Liberal-National governments.
By our reporters, 31 July 2017
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to local residents in London’s Ladbroke Grove on Saturday about the Grenfell Tower fire.
By Robert Stevens, 29 July 2017
Despite the investigation being in operation for more than six weeks, not a single person has been arrested or even charged.
By Robert Stevens, 28 July 2017
The Kensington and Chelsea councillors are entirely insulated from the social catastrophe that they inflicted on the working class population they want to drive out of the borough.
By Tom Pearce, 28 July 2017
Despite the widespread use of flammable cladding in schools, only three schools have so far been tested.
By our reporters, 27 July 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to Johnny Regasa, who lost a friend, Hashim Kedir, in the Grenfell Tower fire and assisted several survivors.
By Robert Stevens, 27 July 2017
Such consultations are an attempt to bestow much needed legitimacy on the inquiry, which will have no legal powers to prosecute anybody or hold anyone to account.
By Richard Phillips, 27 July 2017
Safety and building engineers condemn deregulation, privatisation of building inspection and government cost-cutting.
By Robert Stevens, 25 July 2017
Family, friends and local residents gathered to mourn five-year-old Isaac Paulos, who lived with his family on Grenfell’s 18th floor and was found dead on the 13th floor.
Grenfell residents correct to warn of social cleansing agenda
By Julie Hyland, 25 July 2017
Research by the BBC confirms the council has connived with construction firms and property companies to displace working class families from the borough.
By Julie Hyland, 24 July 2017
Formerly socially owned and essential assets have been transferred wholesale to major corporations and hedge funds, jeopardising the lives of working people.
By Liz Smith, 22 July 2017
Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents in Bradford about the Grenfell fire.
UK public meetings:
21 July 2017
The Socialist Equality Party urges all workers and youth, including survivors of the Grenfell fire and local residents, to attend our public meetings and discuss the central issues involved in this capitalist crime against the working class.
By Paul Mitchell, 21 July 2017
A heavy police and security guard presence was mobilised outside and inside the town hall to ensure that as few survivors as possible would be able to enter.
Protesters at Kensington and Chelsea council meeting: “This has been a massive crime and they all seem to be getting away with it”
By our reporters, 21 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those protesting outside the meeting.
By Tom Peters, 21 July 2017
Following the Grenfell Tower inferno in London, experts in New Zealand have warned of the potential for a similar disaster.
By Robert Stevens, 20 July 2017
Local residents and survivors of the Grenfell Tower inferno denounced police and the Kensington and Chelsea Council as “liars” working for “rich folks.”
By Richard Phillips, 20 July 2017
Five weeks after the Grenfell Tower fire, only a handful of flammable-clad buildings have been identified and nothing has been done to prevent a potential disaster.
Labour shadow chancellor says Grenfell Tower fire is “social murder”: What is he going to do about it?
By Chris Marsden, 19 July 2017
Workers should ask John McDonnell, who says the guilty parties should be punished for Grenfell, what he and Labour are doing about it.
“This is a crime of capitalism against the working class”
By our reporters, 19 July 2017
People attending the local fundraising event in West London for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.
By our reporters, 19 July 2017
SEP members were barred from a fundraising event for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which was being held in a public area near the burnt-out tower.
One month since the UK Grenfell Fire:
By Andre Damon, 17 July 2017
The disaster in Honolulu makes clear that the London fire was no aberration. All over the world, the lives of working people are treated as expendable in the pursuit of wealth and profits by the financial elite.
By Robert Stevens and Laura Tiernan, 17 July 2017
Within hours of the fire, and with only a small number of the dead identified, major efforts were already underway to make racism the central issue in the tragedy.
By Chris Marsden, 15 July 2017
Despite a mountain of evidence of criminal wrongdoing by politicians and business leaders, no one has been charged in connection with the fire that killed at least 80.
Thames Water workers speak:
By Paul Mitchell, 14 July 2017
A former Thames Water worker told the WSWS that the company is seeking to deflect inquiries into a policy of reducing water pressure to cut down leakage from water mains.
By Margot Miller, 13 July 2017
The failure to provide emergency rehousing for just 158 families, in one of the richest cities in the world, reveals the callous indifference of the ruling elite to the suffering of the fire victims.
By Robert Stevens, 12 July 2017
Fully one month after the fire, not a single person has been arrested or charged for what is the corporate manslaughter of at least 80 people.
By our reporters, 12 July 2017
“Fire safety is more important than the façade of a building,” building inspector says.
By Chris Marsden, 11 July 2017
The fire raged for three hours and destroyed around 30 percent of the first, second, and third floors.
By Julie Hyland, 10 July 2017
The Grenfell Tower fire has laid bare the impact of decades of free market policies, deregulation and cuts in public spending initiated by Thatcher and continued by every subsequent government.
Camden residents: “You cannot trust them now because of Grenfell. It’s never going to be the same again”
By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to tenants in the Blashford tower block about the Grenfell fire and the situation they face.
By Paul Bartizan, 10 July 2017
Almost three years after Melbourne’s Lacrosse apartment block caught fire, the building’s flammable cladding remains in place.
By our reporters, 8 July 2017
Three housing associations, Salix, City West Housing Trust and Pendlebury, together run the 29 tower blocks whose cladding failed fire safety tests.
By our reporters, 7 July 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to people outside the Westway Sports Centre in North Kensington, which is being used as an “Assistance Centre” for residents affected by the Grenfell fire.