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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: ElectricUniverse
This is an absolute outrage.
This building was recently refinished, as well as being one of several such buildings featured in a report by a member of the government, which was buried because it made the development and ownership of the building, no doubt friends or associates of members of the government, look like the back stabbing, slum lord scum they really are. Apparently this buried report detailed several safety issues including the fire risk presented by buildings following this design and construction plan.
I am absolutely disgusted right now. Its bad enough when things go wrong despite the best intentions of everyone concerned, but the fact that a report on this very issue was sat on during the refurbishment, a report whose findings could have made a difference to the housing plan and the nature of the refurbishment procedure and by extension could have saved lives, means that this is not a tragedy. This is not an accident or a mistake, or some kind of excusable happenstance of fate. This was an avoidable failure at the government level, to protect the lives of those who dwelt in this block. I grow sick, sick to the back teeth and my deepest bones, of the government failing to act in defense of its people.
Look at the situation with terror. The overwhelming majority of people who have successfully committed terror offences in this country, were known to the authorities, and only succeeded because the authorities failed to act, for no reason which holds weight. The NHS is failing, not because there is no money for it, but because the government do not wish to spend on it correctly. Tens of thousands of people in at risk groups have died as a result of government cuts, which they were warned would happen, and went ahead with anyway. And now this, yet another loss of life which has its root in a failure to act appropriately on information the government had access to.
This is the most appalling negligence, if not manslaughter, that one can possibly imagine. I cannot fathom how anyone, even the most despicable individuals ever born, could allow a tower block full of people to be killed or injured by fire, purely because the powers that be wish to save both face and pounds... I am utterly aghast, and while my empathy for the victims is enormous, I cannot help but be determined that the government get called out for their part in this horror.
originally posted by: norhoc
And yet it did not fall demolition style. Amazing