Closures followed sham ‘consultations’ in which FBU representatives were not even permitted to participate
Boris Johnson’s Tories this week mocked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for wearing a green tie during Prime Minister’s Questions in solidarity with survivors and the families of victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze – some of whom were watching from the spectators’ gallery.
The families this week heard the first part of the report of the inquiry into the disaster. Boris Johnson did nothing to curb his MPs’ derision.
In June 2013, Boris Johnson embarked on a series of closures and lay-offs that seriously reduced the number of fire stations and firefighters. The decision left some London boroughs with no stations at all after sham ‘consultations’ – in which the Fire Brigades Union was barred from participating – reached foregone conclusions.
And Johnson was warned that “lives will be lost” as a result of his cuts – drawing particular attention to the dangers that they would pose to those living in tower blocks.
The cuts saved one penny per day from the council tax bill of London residents:
Three months later, Johnson appeared before Greater London Assembly members to answer questions about his cuts. When told that they would put lives at risk, he claimed he was making London safer – and when pressed, told his questioner to “get stuffed”:
The consequences of Johnson’s actions and arrogance were horrific – and the government has attempted to focus the blame on firefighters, without even issuing its report on the cladding that turned Grenfell Tower into an inferno.
Unfit to be mayor. Unfit to be Prime Minister.
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