frogiron wrote:This fire was not political. It was tragic event that took the lives of a lot of people.
I could not agree more and one can only wonder what the current political blame game culture would make of Kings Cross or Zebrugger (spelling?)
I used to install bathrooms in these sort of high rise flats for Brent council (141 of them to be precise) so I know the workings of building contracts on high rise council properties.
Whilst it's a national tragedy and a ridiculously high death toll the fault/blame will be extremely localised. Somebody in the ALMO office, somebody in the construction team, somebody in health & safety or a combination of all three will have made the crucial decision.
We were contracted to refit 282 bathrooms but when the final tender was made we lost out and were moved on as were the kitchen fitters, flooring team and even the Gas engineers. We were recalled about a month later due to a series of gas and water leaks on the new kitchens & bathrooms.
The council had employed a firm using under-skilled and underpaid foreign workers with one guy running the the company and taking all of the profits. It transpired that the construction firm owner had given a brown envelope to the councilor who made the final decision.
If it had not been a gas leak and deemed to be dangerous there would have been no inquiry but it turned out corruption was rife in local government.
I would not be at all surprised if the cheaper flammable materials were used due to one persons greed or incompetence rather than May, Clegg, Cameron, Blair or anyone else for that matter.
To play party politics at this point is opportunistic point scoring and that's putting it nicely.
That being said the towers are a shocking way for people to live but many were erected in the 50's & 60's and not really fit for purpose now.
The ALMO's (arms length management organization) were a terrible idea but make no mistake about it . . . . . . . . if the local council had still retained the housing stock that block would still have been there with upgrades done on the cheap.