The 2016 Grenfell Tower fire in London
Fire Brigades Union study exposes decades of deregulation and cost-cutting that led to Grenfell Tower inferno—Part 2
By Alice Summers, 30 November 2019
The FBU’s lengthy study is all the more important in the context of a concerted smear campaign by the media, the police investigation and the official Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which have set out to cover up the principal causes of the fire and shift the blame to the London Fire Brigade.
Fire Brigades Union study exposes decades of deregulation and cost cutting that led to Grenfell Tower inferno—Part 1
By Alice Summers, 29 November 2019
The FBU’s study is all the more important in the context of a concerted smear campaign by the media and the official Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which have set out to cover up the principal causes of the fire and shift the blame towards the London Fire Brigade and firefighters.
Britain's cladding crisis
By Our reporters, 28 November 2019
Most of the Chalcot Estate’s 717 homes, roughly 3,000 people, were evacuated in June 2017 after fire experts told the local council they could not guarantee the tower blocks they lived in were safe. They are still not safe.
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks for British ruling elite in his attack on Grenfell fire victims
By Robert Stevens, 7 November 2019
Everything done by the Tory government from the morning after the fire has been aimed at shielding the guilty and preventing justice from being done.
By Robert Stevens, 31 October 2019
By focusing almost exclusively on the London Fire Brigade’s actions on the night, Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s inquiry deliberately transfers blame away from the real culprits.
By Alice Summers, 24 September 2019
The aim is to shift the blame for the catastrophic fire away from the criminal negligence of the council, its Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, and the various corporations that turned a safe building into a death trap.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 September 2019
The block of flats destroyed in Worcester Park was completed only in 2010 and built under conditions of the lax regulation regime demanded by the corporations and facilitated by central and local government.
By Steve James, 24 August 2019
The fire in Markham tower in North Kensington, just yards from Grenfell Tower, shows the criminal character of enveloping Grenfell in highly flammable cladding.
By Barry Mason, 7 August 2019
The coroner’s inquest heard that Amanda, a witness to the Grenfell Tower fire, had sought therapy after showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and was struggling financially.
By Robert Stevens, 17 June 2019
All the saccharine words and carefully orchestrated scenes on the part of the government cannot conceal the contempt it has for the Grenfell survivors.
“Everyone is fighting for justice, not only for the people for Grenfell Tower, but all the people around the world”
By our reporters, 17 June 2019
Hamid expressed the frustration of all the bereaved Grenfell families that they have still not been given answers as to why their loved ones perished and who is responsible.
By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 14 June 2019
Justice for Grenfell cannot be achieved outside of a frontal assault by the working class on the wealth and power of the financial oligarchy and its political defenders.
East London fire guts six-storey residential block on eve of Grenfell Tower inferno’s second anniversary
By Daniel O’Flynne, 11 June 2019
The Barking fire confirms the failure of the Conservative government, Labour-controlled authorities and private corporations to end the threat from substandard accommodation and the gutting of fire-safety regulations.
Free Reis Morris! Grenfell Tower campaigner imprisoned while those guilty of social murder walk free
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 June 2019
Morris’s jailing is a vicious act of class justice aimed at suppressing opposition and protecting those responsible for 72 deaths in the Grenfell Tower inferno two years ago.
By Alice Summers, 25 May 2019
The criticisms of survivors and the bereaved point to the growing recognition of the inquiry’s fraudulent nature and disillusionment with the entire process.
By Tom Pearce, 6 May 2019
The focus on the LFB’s alleged failings conceals the fact that all the main factors that ensured such a horrific loss of life were present long before June 14, 2017.
By Alice Summers, 25 April 2019
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council has announced the ending of the programme to rehouse Grenfell survivors.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 April 2019
The publication of Professor Anna Stec’s full study details “significant environmental contamination” in the densely populated area around Grenfell Tower.
End collaboration with the inquiry now!
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 March 2019
What is confirmed by the Met’s announcement is that the Grenfell Tower Inquiry is a filthy manoeuvre by the Conservative government, convened with the sole purpose of protecting the guilty from legal retribution.
By Robert Stevens, 1 March 2019
What is taking place is class justice, in which the perpetrators of mass murder are walking free while firefighters are being targeted for blame.
By Alice Summers, 14 February 2019
The study showed that ACM cladding is 55 times more flammable than the least flammable panels, with the PIR insulation used behind it at Grenfell Tower giving off smoke that was 15 times more toxic than the less flammable alternatives.
By Paul Bond, 16 January 2019
The suit claims Arconic “knowingly or recklessly supplied its highly flammable Reynobond polyethylene (PE) cladding panels for use in high-rise buildings.”
By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 29 December 2018
With the police investigation now to take years, there is plenty of scope for the criminals responsible for Grenfell to kick things even further into the long grass.
Grenfell fire: Local resident and Grenfell Action Group member, Joe Delaney, gives harrowing account to inquiry of night of fire
By Barry Mason, 17 December 2018
Delaney has a long record of fighting for decent and safe housing in the area and seeking justice for the victims and survivors of the Grenfell inferno, which has earned him the respect of the entire local community.
By Alice Summers, 14 December 2018
The delay leaves the corporations and governmental bodies that are responsible for the fire able to continue to evade justice.
By Margot Miller, 13 December 2018
In Salford, flammable cladding has been partially removed from some of the nine local authority-owned blocks—up to the fourth floor, and only completely from one block.
By Paul Bond, 8 December 2018
The inquiry was never intended to bring the guilty to justice and is being overseen and directed by the very capitalist state apparatus and its political representatives that are responsible for turning Grenfell Tower into a death trap.
By Barry Mason, 29 November 2018
Even a crown placed at the top of Grenfell Tower, designed to enhance its appearance, contained combustible material.
By Paul Bond, 15 November 2018
Grenfell Tower residents confirm that cost-cutting on cladding and the authorities’ refusal to consult with them on refurbishment were key factors in the fire.
By our reporter, 13 November 2018
Cogan explained that a fire engulfing an entire apartment building could happen in hundreds of cities around the world.
By Robert Stevens, 10 November 2018
Social consciousness has changed as a result of the Grenfell fire. After the callous treatment of the survivors, many saw through the sympathetic posturing of the ruling elite.
The Fires that Foretold Grenfell—Documentary reveals how UK governments ignored lessons of previous fire tragedies
By Margo Miller, 9 November 2018
The documentary shows that the Grenfell Tower fire was the outcome of decades of deregulation and the ignoring of recommendations on building regulations by Conservative and Labour governments.
By Barry Mason, 8 November 2018
Despite evidence of toxicity in soil samples found around the site of the June 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, the authorities have failed to act to protect public health.
By Barry Mason, 2 November 2018
Building surveyor expert Arnold Tarling, who has examined Large Panel System blocks across London, believes they have fundamental structural flaws.
By Alice Summers, 24 October 2018
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council and government health agencies have downplayed the significance of the report and refused to investigate further.
Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Survivor’s statement reveals disdain for residents by the political and corporate elites
By Paul Bond, 17 October 2018
The statement by Edward Daffarn further demonstrates how residents were kept in the dark about decisions regarding the Tower and their fatal consequences.
Grenfell Tower Inquiry:
By Paul Bond, 13 October 2018
The evidence reveals a devastating picture of official negligence before and after the fire.
Kilometres from the ashes of Grenfell Tower
By Laura Tiernan, 11 October 2018
More than £1.4 million will be spent to make Kensington Palace more comfortable for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
By Laura Tiernan, 29 September 2018
Markle’s “first solo project” is an attempt to restore public faith in the monarchy, present a caring and “culturally diverse” image and prevent the working class from challenging the wealth, privilege and power of the British ruling class.
By Paul Bond, 14 September 2018
The FBU report proves that every aspect of fire safety had failed at Grenfell Tower, due to decades of deregulation and cuts, long before the fire broke out.
By Robert Stevens, 1 September 2018
The inquiry will not bring justice as it is the creature of the Conservative government and, under the provisions of the 2005 Inquires Act, has no powers to prosecute anyone.
By Tom Pearce, 14 August 2018
The warnings are further evidence of the vast criminality committed at Grenfell by the political and corporate elite.
By Margot Miller, 31 July 2018
Thirteen months after the Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed 72 people, tens of thousands throughout the UK are still residing in tower blocks covered in flammable cladding.
By Paul Bond, 27 July 2018
The video accompanying Lowkey’s song, “Ghosts of Grenfell 2,” ends with powerful shots of survivors and local residents holding banners demanding answers from the political elite and companies responsible for manufacturing and overseeing the fitting of Grenfell Tower’s flammable cladding.
By Alice Summers, 25 July 2018
It is an indictment of the police investigation that no arrests have been made and no charges laid for the social murder of 72 people.
By Barry Mason, 14 July 2018
Firefighters put themselves at risk by going into flats to search for people without water and negotiating the lower floors without using their breathing apparatuses to conserve them for higher floors.
Statement by the Grenfell Fire Forum, 12 July 2018
Whitstable House is known as the “tower next door” to Grenfell, which was destroyed on June 14, 2017 in the inferno that claimed 72 lives.
By Paul Bond, 3 July 2018
The treatment of firefighter Dowden at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry points again to attempts to shift responsibility for the events of June 14, 2017 onto the very people who faced impossible odds to control the escalating blaze.
By Trevor Johnson, 30 June 2018
Fire safety specialist, Dr. Barbara Lane, testifies to Grenfell inquiry that safety systems were either compromised or completely absent.
By Trevor Johnson, 27 June 2018
The inquiry is revealing how unsafe Grenfell Tower was for human habitation on the night of June 14, 2017, due to the actions of the local council and corporations.
Grenfell fire: Local resident Joe Delaney speaks out against attack by Andrew O’Hagan on those seeking justice
By Alice Summers, 23 June 2018
In this interview, Joe Delaney replies to O’Hagen’s essay that demonizes local activists, residents and firefighters, and offers hymns of praise to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council, who played a critical role in turning Grenfell Tower into a death trap.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2018
Workers and youth nationally suffer the same devastating austerity, cost-cutting, and deregulation policies, including cuts to local fire services, as those who lived in Grenfell.
By our reporters, 20 June 2018
Some of those attending the rally marking the first anniversary of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire spoke to reporters from the World Socialist Web Site to express their outrage over the continuing cover-up of the tragedy.
By our reporters, 18 June 2018
The Grenfell Fire Forum met just three days after commemorations to mark the first anniversary of the inferno.
By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2018
SEP campaigners won a warm response to the WSWS Perspective on the anniversary of the fire, distributed along with a statement calling for attendance at the June 19 vigil to demand the freedom of Julian Assange.
Grenfell Silent Marchers speak
By our reporters, 16 June 2018
Attendees at the Silent March on June 14 in commemoration of Grenfell fire victims spoke to the WSWS.
By Alice Summers, 15 June 2018
The Tower was written by Andrew O’Hagan, the same individual who did a hatchet job on Julian Assange’s life in 2011.
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 14 June 2018
The refusal of the ruling elite to pursue the real criminals guilty of the Grenfell atrocity is in stark contrast to their determination to silence anyone fighting to establish the truth about events.
By Paul Bond, 9 June 2018
The announcement is part of a cover-up by the authorities, aimed at shifting responsibility away from those responsible for the disaster onto those who attempted to stop the blaze—the firefighters.
By Paul Bond, 8 June 2018
Manufacturer Arconic, which produced the Reynobond PE panels used at Grenfell Tower, accepted that the cladding “was not of limited combustibility,” and that this “should have been obvious to any construction professional.”
“My mum and my sister were murdered and cremated on 14 June last year”
By Robert Stevens, 5 June 2018
Testimony has repeatedly included denunciations of the ruling elite for the social murder that claimed at least 72 lives last June 14.
UK: Grenfell victims’ relatives unable to commemorate loved-ones due to government anti-immigration policies
By Simon Whelan, 4 June 2018
Government policies bringing about heartache for Grenfell relatives are having the very impact the government desired—making it more difficult for them to testify at the public inquiry.
By Robert Stevens, 29 May 2018
Family members frequently broke down as they remembered their loved ones in moving and emotional scenes.
By Robert Stevens, 24 May 2018
The inquiry heard from Hisam Choucair, who lost six members of his family in the inferno and Karim Mussilhy, who lost his uncle, Hesham Rahman.
By Paul Bond, 24 May 2018
Investigator Richard Bilton says, “We have been advised that the company’s behaviour could amount to corporate manslaughter.”
By Thomas Scripps, 22 May 2018
Not a single national newspaper deemed the opening of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry worthy of a position on their front page. Instead, they continued to obsess over the minutiae of the weekend’s royal wedding.
By Robert Stevens, 18 May 2018
The claim by the government, backed by Labour, that adding two panel members to the Grenfell fire inquiry will prevent a whitewash is false.
By our reporters, 24 April 2018
Ten months since the inferno that killed at least 72 people at a housing tower in London, no one has been held accountable.
By Barry Mason, 20 April 2018
No one has been brought to justice for last June’s fire, but a report by a building research body makes clear there is ample evidence to allow for immediate arrests and charging to proceed.
By our reporters, 7 April 2018
The WSWS spoke to London residents about the fire in Kemerovo, Russia that claimed at least 64 lives.
By Paul Mitchell, 28 March 2018
Lawyers for the bereaved, survivors and local residents will be prevented from raising issues of a “social, economic and political nature.”
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference and that’s how those in power view many in our society”
By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2018
In this interview, local resident Joe Delaney speaks about his initial involvement in tenants housing issues in North Kensington and the Grenfell Action Group, his thoughts on the Grenfell fire and the official public inquiry.
“It’s certainly not going to shut me up”
By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2018
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to north Kensington resident Joe Delaney about the recent attack on him by the Sunday Times.
By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 28 February 2018
The accusation should be met with contempt by the thousands of residents who know Delaney, and all those in the UK and internationally who have solidarized with the Grenfell victims.
By Richard Tyler, 27 February 2018
No record of independent testing of the cladding/insulation system has been found by three separate investigations into the Grenfell fire.
By our reporters, 26 February 2018
The owners of the Citiscape apartments in south London, Proxima GR Properties, are trying to force leaseholders to pay at least £2 million for replacing unsafe cladding.
Grenfell Fire Forum: Failed by the State co-director discusses smear campaign against his documentary
By our reporter, 19 February 2018
After a lively discussion on issues raised by the film, the Grenfell Fire Forum passed a resolution opposing the attack on it by the corporate media.
Failed by the State co-writer and presenter Ish: “I wasn’t trying to push agendas, I was just trying to tell the truth about Grenfell.”
By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2018
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Ish about the making of Failed by the State, a documentary on the Grenfell fire, and the attack launched against it by the Daily Beast and right-wing newspapers in Britain.
Failed by the State co-director Daniel Renwick: “Every day I meet people who have been politicised and have a deeper consciousness”
By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2018
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Daniel Renwick about the making of Failed by the State, a documentary on the Grenfell fire, and the attack launched against it by the Daily Beast and right-wing newspapers in Britain.
By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2018
The attack on the documentary is part of a broader offensive by the ruling elite and its media, which are attempting to portray all expressions of political and social dissent as “fake news” being spread by the Putin regime in Russia.
By Trevor Johnson, 6 February 2018
Even on essential safety issues like fire prevention, the Hackitt report considers it too great an imposition on landlords to demand, in law, that they carry out basic improvements such as fitting sprinkler systems in tower blocks.
By Robert Stevens, 3 February 2018
Several members of the audience demanded that those responsible for “social murder” be arrested and sent to jail.
By Barry Mason, 23 January 2018
Proxima GR Properties are refusing to meet the costs of replacing the flammable cladding—in violation of Landlord and Tenant Law—or even the costs of providing the fire safety warden service.
By our reporters, 17 January 2018
Some 1,500 people, including survivors and the families of those who died in last year’s Grenfell Tower fire, staged their monthly Silent March on January 14.
Fraud of official inquiry into Grenfell fire exposed by forced withdrawal of project management adviser
By Robert Stevens, 13 January 2018
The scandal over KPMG serves once again to dispel any illusions that the official Grenfell inquiry has anything to do with establishing the truth or holding the guilty to account.
By Margot Miller, 12 January 2018
While 36 councils have applied for help with funding, housing minister Alok Sharma recently conceded that no money has been handed over to date.
By Steve James, 30 December 2017
Three days before Christmas, Prime Minister Theresa May rejected a petition set up by a survivor of the July Grenfell Tower inferno in London.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 December 2017
The marchers carried photographs of those who had perished in the Grenfell fire, and held large green heart-shaped banners and placards with slogans including “Justice for Grenfell” and “We demand the truth.”
By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2017
The aim is to conceal the fact that, half a year on, no one has been questioned about, let alone arrested for, the inferno that killed more than 70 people.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 14 December 2017
On June 14, in the wealthiest borough of one of the very richest of capital cities, working class residents were burned to death because their home had been turned into a death trap.
By Paul Bond, 14 December 2017
A new three-part documentary shows how the Grenfell Tower inferno exposed the realities of class oppression and social inequality in the most brutal way.
By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2017
In the week prior to the procedural hearings, survivors launched a petition to demand that the blatantly undemocratic nature of the inquiry be changed.
By our reporter, 12 December 2017
Six months after the Grenfell Tower inferno, more than half of the households that require rehousing remain in temporary accommodation, including many children.
By Robert Stevens, 5 December 2017
The petition represents the first major independent challenge to the government’s plans to carry out a cover-up of the events that led to the deaths of at least 71 people.
22 November 2017
The Grenfell Fire Forum is holding the fourth in a series of regular meetings on December 9 at 2 p.m. at the Maxilla Hall Social Club, North Kensington, in London.
By Steve James, 18 November 2017
The report avoids any reference to the fire’s origins in national and local policy decisions, including the deregulation and privatisation of fire safety and building control, as well as fire service cuts.
By Simon Whelan, 11 November 2017
Attempts to stifle information over the Grenfell Tower inferno come as it has been revealed that 52 London tower blocks are similarly clad in flammable material.
By Paul Bond, 30 October 2017
The auction in London met up with the feeling of solidarity that many people have with those devastated by the fire.
By our reporters, 26 October 2017
One Forum participant said the Facebook page “will be important to give a voice to the survivors, many of whose terrible experiences have still to be told.”
By Tom Pearce, 20 October 2017
London has 32 boroughs, of which just 21 answered a survey on the cost of planned remedial safety work.