West Londres has been ablaze, and there are many victims. Another grim day in Londres at the end of the world. This time there is a long list of people to be held responsible, people with names and address and careers that can and should be destroyed. People who did not care. Those who voted against increased regulation on landlords, who lobbied to reduce building regulations, who cut funding to housing, those who cut fire services, those who set up and ran unaccountable housing organisations, those who refused to investigate fire regulations for flats – that one is on the vanquished but undead Goblin Barwell, and those who ignored warnings. Ultimately responsible are all of those who thought they could cut and cut and cut without consequence. It’s true they could do it without consequence to themselves. It was to other people that the consequences would happen, and they did not care.
I have not had a productive day. Yesterday I was at the investigation into my sister’s death. It was not exactly distressing, but it was tiring, and today I am somewhat in recovery. One of the key facts that emerged was that those caring for her professionally lacked the resources to do their jobs properly. There were many staff vacancies, and the management seemed unable to rectify whatever had created those vacancies. And of course they had no money, because the money had been cut.
I have often wondered when other people will get as angry as I have been about the cutting of support to those who need it. The other day a friend told me a neighbour with children had been thrown out of her council flat, for being an EU citizen and not in work. The Vermin changed that rule: EU citizens must now be in work to be in a council flat. If a woman’s partner leaves, and he was the one in work, she is then thrown out on the street, even if she has children. It is the return of destitution.
I have often wondered when other people will get as angry as I have been these last few years. It is a time for anger, a time to press home the recent advantage over those who have done these things, a time to move in on their weaknesses and put an end to them.