The week has mostly been about the terrible tower fire and the response, or utter lack of response, to the disaster.
I'm not going to talk about the things that the media have covered so often like President Glove Puppet May and her response and treatment of the people involved. Skynet wants to wipe out all human life and it's capable of better empathy than our glove puppet leader.
So other thoughts.
The actual casualties of the fire. What is going on? I understand the need to identify the dead before their next of kin are informed and the names are released, but why the secrecy about how many people are thought to have died. People listen to vague non answers again and again, then hear eye witness reports of Firefighters stepping over heaps of bodies in the tower, of lines of body bags being removed 'AT NIGHT' the last two nights. Of local doctors reporting over a hundred bodies in storage at local hospitals.
The local council tenants authority has tenant lists, the council has electoral registers, the local school board has child record, council tax bills, utility bills, they all go somewhere. Estimates of six hundred plus in the building, reports that no one survived on the top floors, the firemen unable to get much above half way up due to the fire. But still 30 dead and 58 missing presumed dead.
How many survivors, the government is talking about giving them £5,500 via their bank accounts (from the DWP so good luck getting that within four weeks) so they must have numbers. Why keep it secret, unless its very high? Perhaps high enough to kick off mass riots against the people thought to be responsible, I can't see any other reason to hide the actual numbers thought to be dead and known to have survived, so the fact that they ARE hiding those numbers makes me very suspicious.
Below is the emergency event page from an independent international organisation that logs disasters worldwide, they are generally reasonably accurate though they have had a few significant failures of accuracy apparently.
On the left was the report from last night. On the right is from today, I saw the figures yesterday when I shared this data and I checked just now, the image on the right IS what the report says today.
Presumably the Tory Government have 'CLARIFIED' the number with the web page but even so, 65 + 30 + 58 is a LOT less than 650.
Government ministers have now gone on record to suggest that the cladding used at Glenfell was in fact banned in the UK. The same stuff that has been used on thousands of towers, schools, hospitals, public buildings, Philip Hammond and Greg Hand are both now saying it is banned in the UK.
SO WHY THE FUCK IS IT BEING USED, WHY THE FUCK HAS IT BEEN PUT ON THOUSANDS OF BUILDINGS OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS ? ? ?
If this stuff IS banned then how has it been used so openly, how have so many companies been selling it and fitting it buildings?
How have planning departments and architects and builders been signing off on the stuff for years?
How has it escaped the notice of ANYONE that it is illegal to use the stuff because its banned?
So many hows?
So many people apparently now guilty of criminal negligence at the very least, all you no win no fee lawyers, there are thousands of buildings covered in this stuff and the government is saying its banned. Get those class action suites going, talk to all those schools and towers full of people that have apparently been clad in banned toxic fume producing flammable plastics and insulations. Thousands of death traps that have been put in because builders broke the law and councils, planning officers and councils turned a blind eye.
Hundreds of millions up for grabs in compensation, I expect to see hordes of you rushing to the nearest court Monday morning.
Or is this just yet another Tory attempt to deflect blame and cover up the result of years of putting profits before lives from the government down.
The Event: Cancelling next year's queens speech so the next time government policy will be voted on will be 2019, post Brexit.
The reason given: To allow MPs to concentrate on Brexit without having to worry about legislation for next year's speech.
The reality: Clinging to power, claws sunk into the carcass that is all that remains of democracy, like something dead but still with its teeth locked on the throat of the nation, sucking the very life blood of Britain in a desperate attempt to exist by killing anything it can. No mandate except whatever vague promises they make next week, no accountability save by extraordinary measures. A minority government maintained by religious fanatics, manipulating the tattered remnant of freedom to continue the endless suffering and flow of profits into their own pockets and those of their corporate backers.
In case anyone is wondering, this has been done exactly TWICE since 1949.
The first time by David Cameron in 2011 and the second time by President Glove Puppet today. Twice in nearly seventy years and both times in the term of the current TORY GOVERNMENT.
STRONG and STABLE, my fat hairy rear end !