Jeremy Corbyn took part in today’s Grenfell commemoration, including the subsequent silent march – during which he greeted firefighters who fought the blaze a year ago, together with the area’s MP, Emma Dent Coad:
Many in the march embraced the firefighters, who were obviously deeply moved. Recent moves by the Establishment to shift blame onto the fire services have been shameful.
Corbyn also spoke to ITV about the scandalous failure of the local council (RBKC) to rehome survivors of the catastrophe and pointed out how the shocking treatment of those affected illustrates the division and inequality endemic – and increased – in our society:
"I think as a country we have become more socially divided…": Jeremy Corbyn questions the competence of @RBKC_CS saying it's a disgrace #Grenfell victims have not been permanently rehoused…and more widely "we need to invest in housing to meet social need" #GreenForGrenfell pic.twitter.com/rZV4NPuWJ0
— I was a JSA claimant (@imajsaclaimant) June 14, 2018
The display of compassion and solidarity by so many people today has been heartening, but action on the part of those in a position to resolve the scandalously-outstanding wrongs is imperative and nothing less can be accepted.
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