The Doublethink is impressive here

I worked with a group of residents living in Grenfell Tower through my involvement with the Radical Housing Network, a network of housing campaigns across London. The first meeting of tenants in early 2015 was attended by around 100 residents. Each spoke of the historical neglect of the building, of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) failing to undertake basic but vital maintenance or improvements. Residents recounted incidents such as disturbing power surges in which appliances “blew up”.

I’d been asked to help the residents organise and campaign on the specific issue of a major refurbishment of the building being undertaken by a private contractor.

They just spent £70,000 per flat on hte place. Admittedly, not very well which was the cause of the problem, but it’s still not ignoring them nor is it neglect of the building now, is it?

15 comments on “The Doublethink is impressive here

  1. Looks to me as if the wadicals are repositioning because the authorities are getting a grip on all the nuts and bolts of helping recovery from the disaster, and opportunities for effective political trolling are vanishing.

    They were correct about appalling detailed management, but never afaik said anything about cladding.

    In a minute they will notice how many thousands of empty homes in Central London are in the social sector.

  2. I earn a pretty good salary, but parts of my house are in need of repair and improvement. Things have to wait. I could never afford to fix everything instantly, but I’m technically rich and subsidising others home maintenance.

  3. MatthewL:“It’s literally the management structure they’d design if given the choice!”

    Well, yes, and that’s the problem. Turns out they are no better at this than the people they complain about.

  4. Sadly neglect would have been a lot better.
    @jamesg
    “I earn a pretty good salary, but parts of my house are in need of repair and improvement. Things have to wait. I could never afford to fix everything instantly, but I’m technically rich and subsidising others home maintenance.”
    +1

  5. bilboaboy,

    Try any area where a modernist architect has been allowed to design things.

    Although they do tend to get pulled down rather quicker than non-radical houses.

  6. Muslims blow up/ stab/ run over Brits; ” Nothing to do with islam!”

    People killed in an accidental fire: ” Tories murdered them!”

  7. “What does the Radical Housing Network want? That tenants run housing. Who runs K&C’s housing? The tenants.”

    Yes but thats all WRONG, because Tory Scum Austerity of course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. The “Radical Housing Network”.

    Another fine organisation the middle-class homeowners who voted Labour should become much more familiar with.

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