Friday’s newspaper front pages continue to be dominated by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. “Sadness gave way to fury” on Thursday, the Sun says in its front page story, under the headline: “Now the anger.” It says crowds turned on London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow during visits to the scene.
“Sorrow turns to anger”, is the front page headline on the Daily Telegraph. It says residents of the tower block are now demanding answers as it claims “a litany of failings” led to the fateful fire.
An image of a firefighter inside the charred remains of the tower block is published on the Metro‘s front page alongside the headline: “Arrest the killers”. It quotes Labour MP David Lammy saying corporate manslaughter charges should be brought over safety standards in Grenfell Tower.
The i carries a similar image of a solitary firefighter inside the tower block on its front page, saying public anger is now growing at how such a disaster could be allowed to happen.
“Criminal” is the headline on the front of the Daily Mirror. Instead of an accompanying story, the paper turns its front page over to a short editorial comment in which it says Britain has put profit over safety when it comes to social housing. It ends with the words: “We need answers. We need change.”
Ministers are facing “three lethal questions” over the fire, according to the Daily Mail. It says they must look at the cladding installed on the tower, along with the advice residents were given to stay in their homes in the event of a fire and whether any more UK towers could be a fire risk.
BBC. Maria Vigo has lived opposite Grenfell Tower for 11 years, and she’s upset. Not just with the fire that claimed so many lives in the block she can see from her kitchen window. She’s also upset with how expensive her local playgroup has become, and how the people of North Kensington can’t afford the properties in the area. But – most of all – she’s upset that she’s not being listened to. “There was a lot of anger on the school run this morning,” she says. “There’s a lot of separation between classes and people are telling me that it’s down to social cleansing.”
Sky News. Grenfell Tower: Anger grows over fire amid fears death toll could soar.
Daily Star. Grenfell Tower: Sadiq Khan MOBBED by angry Londoners. Sadiq Khan faced a grilling from a mob of angry Londoners – including a young boy – on his visit to the site of the Grenfell Tower fire
Guardian. Police launch criminal inquiry into Grenfell Tower blaze
Calls made for ban on cladding used on building as it emerges similar materials are illegal in the US
For years the UK’s poor in London’s social housing have been screwed by a lack of resources, under funding, austerity, poor management, and behind it all THE GOVERNMENT and their agents.
I’m thinking Theresa May will probably take a trip abroad as the death toll starts mounting. She’d be well wise too.
Slow to rile, when Londoners rage, everyone gets a bit of their anger.
As for Squid?
He can blame whoever he likes BUT it’s in his ‘manner’, he’s in charge, and politicians words are cheap. This time it’s notable that it’s some of his own criticizing him. What point is there in him playing the Muslim card now as the area is very mixed race, and poor. Remember the “upgrade” to the tower block was carried out with government funding.
My questions after that is:-
Who handled the contracts?
Which branch of London’s ‘city hall’ was monitoring the work?
Who signed it all off as safe?
Was money siphoned off to achieve other ‘essential maintenance’ causing cost cutting on the work?
It’s a can of worms, the lids off, and I’m betting the nations shredders are working overtime in ‘Cover Up’ mode.