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Will Grenfell take 28 Years?

As the years pass by and my Life experience grows, I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as coincidence. Often it may take a while, sometimes years, but explanations always appear for events that have a certain ‘synchronicity’.

The news that criminal prosecutions will now take place over the Hillsborough disaster could not have come at a more propitious time, as we still reel from the tragedy of Grenfell Tower. The two situations have much in common, in the negligence and cover up that has, and is, taking place and to my mind their synchronistic appearance demands a change in the way Society is managed and run.

In the case of Hillsborough, those who should have been held accountable hid behind a bureaucratic screen, put in place for decades in the hope the tragedy would be forgotten about. It was only the tenacity of those grieving that eventually broke down that wall of silence and lies to get at the truth.

If we look more closely at the history, we can see evidence of insult and contempt towards the relatives and friends of the victims, in simply seeking the truth from those in power.

Not only did they have to keep pushing for answers but also finance their efforts from their own pockets, whilst those defending themselves had access to a wealth of public money with which to hire the best lawyers to hide behind.

It’s a double whammy of monumental proportions, as those seeking justice had to pay twice. Once for their own legal support and a second time as taxpayers funding the defence of those seeking to hide the truth from them!

What it demonstrates is a system unfit for purpose, when it becomes necessary to take legal action to break a wall of silence, and then find that the financial implications of such action are stacked against democratic justice being obtained.

To add further insult, the ‘judicial reviews’ that have taken place over the years were obviously tainted, given the criminal charges now being brought against those who have remained hidden for so long.

In my opinion the relatives and friends of the victims of Hillsborough deserve an OBE apiece and the wrongdoers put behind bars and the keys thrown away. Their inefficiencies at the time and subsequent cover-up, over so many years, is a disgrace to the institutions they represent, who employ a majority of good and honest people.

We now hear that our government is launching a Public Enquiry and already doubts are being cast over Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who will lead the enquiry, because of reported dubious rulings in the past. His experience, as I understand it, lies with complicated shipping law. The relevance of his experience to Grenfell defies me.

It would appear that our political institutions are once again preparing the groundwork for another war of attrition against those who are grieving and seeking answers.

At a tangent but related in my view, is the breaking news that Cardinal George Pell, the third highest ranking official in the Vatican, is now facing multiple charges of sexual abuse from multiple complainants. Yet again the Catholic church is rocked by scandal, from those in senior positions who appear to have abused their power, instead of keeping Society on an even moral keel.

I find it obscene to see this collective arrogance and contempt again rearing its ugly head and the ‘synchronicity’ of these events is too meaningful to be ignored. Where does Society now turn to clean up its act and institute new moral standards that will be respected and re-introduce trust and belief in those who choose to rule over us?

Those grieving need all the help and support they can get now and into the future, if the callousness of Hillsborough and Grenfell Tower are not to be repeated.

 

Until the next time.

Theresa ‘more of the same’ May

And so the Tory power machine roles relentlessly onward, as it schemes, maligns and back stabs its hold on government. The lust for power by career politicians is becoming increasingly immoral, as they sound bite to the tune of constant research of public mood and attitude.

To endorse this, I am indebted to T J Green @greentak for making me aware of this insight from Jo Maugham QC on the electoral procedure from the 1922 committee. It suggests that a second candidate should have been found to replace Leadstrom. His interpretation of this issue has stimulated more debate than that which surrounded the leadership election!

Further controversy comes from the media highlighting the morality of our next Prime Minister and her stand over the Hillsborough cover up, support of gay marriage and confrontations with the police. Something strangely at odds with her condemnation of the handover of power in 2007, by Blair to Brown, without an election.

Gordon Brown “doesn’t have the mandate (and) wasn’t elected prime minister” rang the battle cry, with May contributing that he was “running scared of the people’s verdict.” How ironic that she now finds herself in an identical position and with an opposition in disarray, yet has vetoed going to the country.

For me, this repeat of 2007 takes politics to new depths. It sneers at the democratic process and involvement of the people, which was one of the reasons for our recent referendum and to which the people made their feelings known.

We are facing the most challenging time since the last world war, as we stand alone against overwhelming odds. To have a leader taking on this awesome situation with only the backing of 200 ‘friends’ smacks of arrogance and renewed contempt for the majority. We need to unite behind our government more so now than at any other time in decades. Surely she would be in a much stronger position with Brussels if she had the backing of the whole country?

Whilst seen as a tough operator she is, apparently, also a control freak, a luxury that cannot be indulged if her leadership is to be in anyway effective over such mighty challenges. There is no doubt she is charismatic in a way Corbyn could never be but so was Tony Blair and his single mindedness was his undoing.

(Isn’t it interesting how the Labour Party are looking to unseat their leader because of his limited support of the ‘Remain’ campaign, whilst the Tories have just elected their new leader and our Prime Minister, with the same credentials!)

In making her pitch, she said: “We need a government that will deliver serious social reform – and make ours a country that truly works for everyone. Because right now, if you’re born poor, you will die on average nine years earlier than others. If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white.

“If you’re a white working-class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else to go to university. If you’re at a state school, you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you’re educated privately. If you’re a woman, you still earn less than a man.”

Hard hitting words that somehow seem at odds with the world of Tory reality. All political parties have need of their corporate sponsors to attain and retain their power. Her attacks on these vested interests may ring a bell with voters but are they ‘soundbite electioneering’ that will lose momentum with the passing of time? How much will the manipulated fears around Brexit control the degree of reform of existing corporate abuse and vast pay packets?

It also has to be said that she is not afraid of confrontation, as the police know full well. However, her vile immigrant campaign, with “Go Home” posters, places her somewhat at odds with the very serious challenges now facing us, with the growing resentment and persecution of immigrants.

Her words on education and the working class are obviously seeking to further disturb Labours current problems but very much at odds with the growing stranglehold of student debt and AI induced loss of jobs at all levels of employment.

These are soundbites we could do without. The situation is now far too serious for the can to be once again kicked down the road. What she lacks in vision will have to be more than made up for in tough negotiating. Apparently, she is admirably gifted to achieve these ends and like Cameron with his inauguration, she is making all the right noises.

However, we need leadership now more than ever before. Will an unelected transfer of power, which is only supported by a minority of the country, lead to more of the same at No 10 and the furtherance of ‘Austerity’, Privatisation, Fracking and TTIP? Only time will tell.

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes