Further to my post yesterday:
It has come to my attention that the mainstream media has all but blacked out one key fact about the fatal Grenfell Tower blaze. With the BBC, in particular, leading the way by silencing residents deeply embedded in the ongoing struggle against Kensington and Chelsea council.
Although barely reported in this country — the US’ CNN highlighted this key fact at the top of their article about the tragic, fatal blaze:
While it has commonly been reported that the building recently under went £8.6 million in upgrades, carried by private contractor Rydon Construction — the facts about the planned £67 million “jewels….of a regeneration scheme” have been — to the best of knowledge — mostly left out of UK coverage.
Apart from the few times it slipped through the MSM’s filtration net…..and when it did it was quickly covered up….
Nearby resident Piers Thompson, interviewed by the BBC here, also raised this point about the multi-million pound “regeneration” project — which would see the demolition of the estates. He says that the council have been managing a decline of the estate so as to justify regeneration which he describes (accurately) as code for “demolish” the estate. He describes how residents have been protesting against the plans, and organising against them.
The BBC are quick to move the conversation away from the demolition, resident’s struggle, and neglect and try to silence Piers by repeatedly stressing that these are just “allegations”. And that those accused need the right to reply.
They also do the same with Pilgrim Tucker from the Grenfell Action Group, who highlights the numerous struggles that the residents have had against the authorities — which includes residents being threatened with legal action for asking for essentiall — life saving — maintainence from the authorities.
She also says that this would never happen to the “Camerons” and that the residents were unable to get legal advice to help their battle against the authorities — due to the cuts to legal aid.
Again the BBC shuts her down by saying that these are “allegations”.
The BBC demonstrates just how beholden to power they really are in these clips. These people — the people embroiled in the battle for a number of years now — people who know the facts of the case better than anybody AND DESERVE TO HAVE THIER VOICES HEARD — who are witnessing and living through the most horrific event imaginable — are told repeatedly that they are making allegations as a way to silence them.
When it comes to reporting on Tory talking points — such as Corbyn being a “terrorist sympathizer” or a “national security threat” — I don’t think I once heard the BBC refer to these ridiculous accusations as “Tory allegations”.
Instead, they reported them as if they were factual. When it comes to challenging the powerful, however, the BBC do the opposite, they stress “allegations” time and time again and try to end or change the subject very quickly.
That the residents had been embroiled in a long time battle over the future of the estate — in what CNN described as one of the:
Jewels of an $85 million (£67 million) urban regeneration scheme carried out by the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
A vital point that was articulated so vehemently and clearly by a nearby resident — who said this was code for demolishing the estate — should form a key part of the story.
As the Tower is in one of the richest parts of the country — where housing not too far away is sold for over £100 million, snapped up by Saudi princes and Russian oligarchs — the fact that the Tower was part of a multi-million demolition “regeneration plan” should again form a huge part of this story.
Of course, London itself has undergone a mass social cleansing since the Tories came into power (to be fair this can easily be traced back throughout Blair’s years as well and Thatcher and so on.)
But, it has become increasingly more severe as the Tories proceed to force councils to sell off land to private developers, re-house people on the other side of the country, impose housing benefit caps, strip away legal aid rights, oppose legislation to ensure basic safety and rights as a tenant, and so on the list goes.
Useless idiot Theresa May has announced a “public inquiry’ — I am absolutely FUKING SICK of inquiries in this country. Let’s just call them what they are: show trials. OK, fine have an inquiry, good I welcome it — but it’s only useful it leads to actual changes, convictions, prosecutions etc.
Just look at the damning Chilcot inquiry into Blair’s illegal Iraq war — what changed? what was the point? Chilcot said the war wasn’t justified — so now what happens? Is there any point in doing these inquiries unless justice is going to be served?
That’s like me being put on trial for murder, with enough evidence to convict me, the jury deliveing a unanimous verdict of my guilt, and the judge, upon delivering the verdict just says: “OK, you can go now….”
Real justice comes from systemic change, and the holding of the powerful to account as criminals. Which is what they are. These people are criminals and should be behind bars.
This government: run by millionaires, funded by millionaires and billionaires — writes policies exclusively tailored for the elite class at the fatal expense of everybody else. The whole world watches us now — one terror attack after another — now in the 5th richest country in the world — the sight of poor, neglected people whom the council and government were trying to banish from the area they call home — burned to death in their own homes, while their millionaire and billionaire neighbours sit in their mansions plotting yet more ways to fuck over the poor.
Welcome to Britain 2017, unless you’re part of the 1% you can burn to death in your own home for the Tories care — but don’t worry, from your grave you can always enjoy the ensuing public inquiry which will go nowhere.
Sick, the poor get punished just for showing up 0.1 seconds late to sign on at the Job Center. This heinous crime lands you with 4 weeks of no income (you’re still entitled to hardship and Housing Benefit BTW so don’t let them fuck you out of that too.) The punishment handed out without any form of due process….sick.
Meanwhile the wealthy kill us and they face no justice what so ever. If anything they get rewarded.
This country is controlled by sick parasites — how dare they throw us out of our houses, towns, and cities. We built this fucking city — this country runs because of our blood and sweat and tears — it has nothing to do with the elite rich bastards who are trying to take it all away from us.
Much of the media focus has been specualtion on the cause of the fire — this, in itself it just part of a much wider story. One which involves deep rooted divides betwen the ultra wealthy and everybody else. It’s about austerity, and the way the Tories treat the rich and everybody else.
That’s why I’m not specualting as to the cause of the fire, or anything that technical for which the experts are saying it is too early to declare a resonable opinion. I am sticking to the underpinning, root cause, facts of the case. Something which the BBC and the rest of MSM is detremined not to do.