In less than 24 hours, the government’s promises to the Grenfell Tower victims are exposed as lies

In less than 24 hours, the government’s promises to the Grenfell Tower victims are exposed as lies


June 16th, 2017 by  Emily Apple


It has taken less than 24 hours for the promises the Conservative Party made to the Grenfell Tower victims to be exposed as lies. On 15 June, housing minister Alok Sharma told parliament that he could:

guarantee that every single family from Grenfell House will be rehoused in the local area.

But on 16 June, Kensington and Chelsea Council announced that:

it is possible the council will have to explore housing options that may become available in other parts of the capital.

“Clear reassurance”

At the emergency parliamentary session, Sharma said he wanted to be “absolutely clear” when he made his promise. He added:

That is a very clear reassurance which I hope colleagues will feel is useful.

But it doesn’t seem very useful or clear to the people who are homeless after the fire. In just a day, it appears to have been exposed as an empty promise, or even a lie.

An easy solution

But there is an easy solution to the housing issue. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn proposed that:

properties must be found – requisitioned if necessary – to make sure those residents do get re-housed locally.

There are 1,399 empty houses in Kensington and Chelsea alone. Across London, there were 19,845 homes sitting idle for over six months in 2016.

And while many people are homeless or in inadequate housing, offshore companies own a big chunk of London’s houses. In 2016, there was a 9% rise in the number of properties in London owned by offshore companies. In Kensington and Chelsea, 7% of all properties are owned in offshore tax havens.

Empty promises?

Theresa May, meanwhile, has promised a £5m fund for the victims. And as people who lost loved ones, neighbours and friends took to the streets of Kensington, one tweet summed up how little that amount of money could buy people in the area:

These people desperately need to be housed properly. It is obscene that there are 1,399 empty homes in the borough. It is equally obscene that the government is now apparently misleading victims.

Justice is needed for Grenfell Tower. This will take a while with investigations. But people need homes now. And requisitioning these homes for those in need now is the first battle in a long fight to get justice.

Get Involved!

– If you are concerned about anyone from Grenfell Tower, call the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233 or 0207 158 0197

Donate to the Grenfell Tower Appeal

Featured image via Sophia Akram and Flickr



2 Responses to “In less than 24 hours, the government’s promises to the Grenfell Tower victims are exposed as lies”

  1. Aldous says:

    Surely the royal palaces and similar ‘Crown’ properties could easily re-house the few remaining survivors?

    I can’t help thinking that the Grenfell Tower blaze was a ‘burnt offering’ (holocaust) to Lucifer by the satanic powers that be.

    What You Didn’t Know About Taxes & The ‘Crown’

    There are two Crowns operant in England, one being Queen Elizabeth II. Although extremely wealthy, the Queen functions largely in a ceremonial capacity and serves to deflect attention away from the other Crown, who issues her marching orders through their control of the English Parliament. This other Crown is comprised of a committee of 12 banks headed by the Bank of England (House of Rothschild). They rule the world from the 677-acre, independent sovereign state known as The City of London, or simply ‘The City.’

    The City is not a part of England, just as Washington is not a part of the USA. The City is referred to as the wealthiest square mile on earth and is presided over by a Lord Mayor who is appointed annually. When the Queen wishes to conduct business within the City, she is met by the Lord Mayor at Temple (Templar) Bar where she requests permission to enter this private, sovereign state. She then proceeds into the City walking several paces behind the Mayor. Her entourage may not be clothed in anything other than service uniforms.

    Apart from being packed with non-indigenous people, why was Grenfell Tower chosen, if in fact this was a deliberate and criminal act of mass murder, now likely to climb to several hundred deaths?

    Last name: Grenfell
    This interesing name has two possible origin. The first of these is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname from any of the numerous minor places called “Greenfield”. These are all derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century “grene”, green and “feld”, pasture, open country, land cleared of forest but not yet cultivated. This is the source for the following early recording of the surname. Peter de Grenefeld (1242, Suffolk).
    The second possible origin for the modern surname, found as Grenfell, Greenfield, Grenville and Granville, is Norman, another locational name from any of various places in Normandy called “Grainville”, from the Germanic personal name “Guarin”, guard, and “ville”, settlement. The Register of the Freeman of the City of York records one William de Grenfell in 1363.
    The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gerard de Grenvill, which was dated 1161, in the “Berkshire Pipe Rolls”, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as “The Builder of Churches”, 1154 – 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

  2. RabbiT says:

    I was a tad suspicious about the location and having checked, it is about 400yds from a friend who likewise stays in Council accommodation.

    We are talking here about Kensington, Notting Hill, Hyde Park, Shepherd’s Bush all prime land. The tower is prominent i.e. tall and has open space adjacent in Lancaster Green.

    I would be most interested to find out if some private developer is granted planning permission to replace this building with a similar or larger tower block for the private sector – then we would have conclusive evidence of a desire to change the tenure from public to private

    My thoughts go out to the victims, my prayers for their relatives and close friends.

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