a reply to: OmNiLeGIoN
What the world is seeing is the spite filled mass of self serving British local government responding to having their knuckles rapped.
When the BBC repeatedly plays a song with the opening lines "I refuse to forget you / I refuse to neglect you", prefacing "Bridge over Troubled
Water", to raise money for the victims of the fire you can sense the anger, more 'condemnation', of the officialdom involved. The song itself would
Evacuating tower blocks is a kind of nasty, mean, thing to do. Central government kicks the councils (who've sat on Health and Safety problems for
years), so councils kick the tenants, because, mistakenly, the councils think tenants are rubbish and can't bite back.
What is happening here, first in London, then across the country, is the 'threshold of ineptitude' is being seen to be crossed by local government.
It's not just evacuating places that have been fine for twenty years, its that they are doing it badly - putting a family of five in hostel
accommodation for one, for example.
Ultimately Central government will have to make a decision to reform local government or see the itself challenged.
The masses - empowered, first by the evidenced failure of government at all levels to protect them, and second, by the experience of protecting
themselves in a crisis - will demand local government change as the price for central government stability.
Not immediately, perhaps, but in words of another Paul Simon song, 'Wristband', "the riots started slowly with the homeless and the lowly".