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Why the Grenfell Tower Block should remain standing as a monument to Tory UK austerity measures

Why the Grenfell Tower Block should remain standing as a monument to Tory UK austerity measures

By Dark Politricks

I am writing this one handed as I currently have a broken right arm which really makes it hard to blog at the moment, however after another sleepless night of watching YouTube I thought it necessary to at least post some of my views on the austerity measures that have been inflicted on the poor people of the UK.

Whilst our Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gets attacked daily in the mainstream news like Bernie Sanders does in the US, at leader of the party he could put forward a progressive agenda in the recent general election that many people thought would wipe the party out. Instead he actually increased Labour’s vote and has brought thousands more members to the party and excited the youth like Bernie in the USA.

Personally I think Bernie should quit the Democratswho colluded to have Hillary Clinton as their candidate at all costs, and join up with Jill Stein’s Green Party.

They could roll back the war economy, stop the petrodollar wars and actually place sanctions on Saudi Arabia, plus stop selling illegal weapons to the leading terrorist funder in the world. You know, the country where the supposed 19 hijackers came from on 9.11. The country supported and funded these terrorists and they supposedly flew planes into the WTC and Pentagon. All facts which Bush tried to cover up in the redacted 28/29 pages of the 9.11 commission.

The USA are currently selling the Saudi’s  millions of dollars of cluster bombs which are illegal to use by international law. However the Saudi’s are still using them in their war against the poorest nation on earth, Yemen, to mostly kill kids and mothers. These are stories not heard about in the mainstream media as the arms trade is one of their biggest economies.

They could introduce their Green Deal to create millions of new jobs whilst cleaning up the USA and fixing their broken down infrastructure as well as many other progressive policies. I don’t even consider it progressive to have free health care, almost every country in the world apart from the Corporate owned richest one, i .e the USA does.

Single payer health and free life long education and re-education should be mandatory so that if Trump closes your factory and ships it off to China the workers could be re-trained in another skill. It seems like the Democrats are happy to have a Republican in power than a progressive politician at any cost. Watch this Jimmy Dore video to see why.

On this side of the pond things are looking up for progressives. Our Prime Minister Theresa May has fought her last election and will probably be gone soon. However the performance of Labour showed us how many people are crying out out for more progressive policies and how they have had enough of the Tories austerity measures which have cut disability benefits to people who need them, increased rent on social housing if  you had a spare room and cut funding for many local authorities which has seen the closure of police stations (two in two towns near me), plus much much more.

Instead of boosting her power before BREXIT negotiations it has weakened them as she has gone from a majority government to a minority government propped up by the terrorist linked UDP. This is a party who are linked to the UDA terrorists in Northern Ireland.

As the Independent headline puts it in a recent article.

The UDA is a violent loyalist paramilitary group, which is still active today. Just weeks ago, it murdered a man in broad daylight in Northern Ireland – he was shot dead in a Sainsbury’s car park in front of horrified shoppers and his three-year-old son.

People in the UK are slowly realising that a Corbyn Labour government would not be as bad as the Blairite’s and MSM would have you think and when he explains his policies they are not so crazy after all. In fact you can see this by comparing the two main parties actions at rallies. Thessa May seems scared to touch let alone talk to normal people whilst Corbyn brings out thousands of people to his rallies and town hall meetings.

You van see this at any Corbyn rally which sees huge crowds of people turn out, just like Bernie Sanders in the USA. Plus the comparison of May and Corbyn’s actions after the recent Grenfell Tower Block fire which killed 79 people tells a lot.

Grenfell Tower Block after fire
The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower Block fire

Whilst Jeremy Corbyn was walking with the victims and bereaved people from the local community. The Prime Minister Theresa May was being booed and shouted at by a held back police line as she refused to meet residents and victims and had to be protected by police from the local community shouting “coward” at her.

Jeremy Corbyn with victims of the Grenfell Tower Block blaze
Jeremy Corbyn comfits the victims of the Grenfell Tower Block blaze

 

Theresa May refuses to meet victimd and residents of Grenfell
Police protect PM Theresa May from residents shouting coward at her for refusing to speak to them

Personally I think this stands as a monument to the Tory austerity measures which had including “Cutting Red Tape”.

In this instance it meant that no sprinklers were on each floor neither fire extinguishers. Instead the local government decided to plaster the building in flammable cladding around the tower block to make it look “nicer” to the more affluent residents of the borough who can afford the extortionate prices of housing in the area.

Rich Chinese and Russians buy up huge swathes of London housing pushing up prices and closing local communities whose local shops now have no customers  due to the purchasing of these properties as a way of tax avoidance rather than being used as actual homes. The people of London have no choice but to move out of the areas their families have lived in for years to more cheaper areas, making it more costly to travel in to work each morning.

People such as nurses, carers, police, firemen, and many other important jobs that are needed for running London should not have to travel miles into the city due to foreigners buying up extremely expensive apartments and houses that kill local communities. Instead they should be given a government discount on any home they wish to buy to keep them in the city.

If I had my way there would be a law that if you did not live in your property for at least half of the year then it becomes a “usable government asset“, one in which homeless people from Grenfell could go and stay in whilst waiting to be re-housed.

Why should we let London become a home purely for the rich and overseas businessmen to “stash their cash” by buying up housing.

There is not enough new houses being built in the UK and especially in London.

We used to have council estates but Thatcher sold many of the homes off which was good in some situations but not in others, as the people who couldn’t afford private ownership or rent had a dwindling supply of homes to live in as they were not being replaced.

We now have housing associations which mean many areas are filled with a mixture of private and council owned owned housing. This means that the rich live next door to the poor and we have a more integrated living arrangement. The problem is the people building new flats and homes want to sell them for high prices which the council cannot afford.

In some boroughs there is no housing available, even if you are homeless. You are given a list of private landlords who will take Housing Benefit cheques from the government. Guaranteed money and usually guaranteed dumps to live in.

Many of their homes are run down and need fixing, yet they let people who they know won’t complain too much due to being scared of eviction, with guaranteed housing benefit cheques from the government paying the rent.

Many of these landlords will take out a mortgage, buy a block of flats or a house, turn it all into bedsits with shared bathrooms and kitchens and then rent it purely to people on state benefits. The mortgage is paid off in a year or less due to it being guaranteed money from the government and the landlords get few complaints about leaky taps and broken sideboards due to the tenants being scared of eviction.

So housing is big problem in one of the most over crowded countries on the planet and the Tories only seem interested in allowing foreign investors to ruin communities by buying property as assets and not using them as homes, plus building private housing where a one bedroom flat could be as much as £300k+.

I’m not kidding some private flats and houses just went up near me and in the space where there used to be a few houses with big gardens they have managed to squash in dozens of houses and flats with walls so thin you could probably hear rows between people three flats away. I was given a brochure for this new housing area which stated I too could own a new two bedroom house for as little as £350,000!

Personally I think the burned out shell of Grenfell Tower should stand as a reminder to what austerity does to normal people due to the burden of the banking crisis being placed on the backs of the poor  instead of the Banksters who caused it.

 

By Dark Politricks
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