Labour are going into overdrive blaming the government and the local Tory council for the fire at Grenfell Tower…isn’t there a missing layer of government there? Where is Labour’s London Mayor? Why didn’t he leap in to assist Kensington and Chelsea instead of criticising them as he does now….
Mr Khan echoed their point, saying: “People are angry, not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the government, but at the years of neglect from the council.
“There’s a feeling that the council and government don’t understand their concerns and don’t care.”
Heard Nick Ross on R4 today reminding us that Khan himself as housing minister refused to retrofit sprinkler systems in tower blocks…something which Ross has apparently been campaigning for for years….he actually mentioned it on his Twitter feed a couple of days ago…
Harriet Harman good on WATO but Labour ministers also refused to promote sprinklers and #GrenfellTower is the result. Now let's follow Wales
— Nick Ross (@nickrosscom) June 14, 2017
Here’s the Mail’s write up of todays’s interview…note Ross suggested Khan had been stepping carefully about being political [clearly decided to change that policy…see above remarks] because he knew he was in the frame as well…
Former Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross has said he is “bloody furious” that ministers have ignored calls for sprinklers to be installed in all social housing.
Mr Ross has been campaigning on the issue for 15 years, while he now also chairs heritage body the Kensington Society.
He told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that a series of ministers – including now-London Mayor Sadiq Khan back in 2009 – had turned down his efforts to make changes.
It will be interesting to see how much attention Ross’s comments get on the wider BBC…none so far that I can see. What’s the betting no BBC presenter will pay the slightest attention to this and continue to lazily point the finger of blame at the Tories, government and council, whilst ignoring the Mayor of London’s responsibility, without the full context and nuance?
And as for Harriet Harman…
That was back in 2009…what has she done since to follow that up and continue to pressure government and councils to ensure tower blocks are safe as can be? Nothing it would seem. But now she is all guns blazing. But what did she do after the inquiry finished in 2013? Indeed, what did the Media, such as the BBC, which are now expressing so much outrage, do to follow up on the recommendations of the inquiry?