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British Far-Right Mass Media Baits the Left to Avoid Facing up to Grenfell Tragedy.

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Far-Right Media has no answer to Tragedy but to bait left-wingers. 

Hard-left activists blasted for ‘hijacking’ the genuine outrage over the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. The Sun. 

Members of Corbyn fan group – Momentum – spotted at the invasion of  Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall.

HARD-LEFT activists were blasted for “hijacking” the genuine outrage over the Grenfell tragedy.

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn fan group Momentum were spotted during the invasion of Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall.

Hundreds of people with placards reading “we demand an inquest” gathered outside.

But a separate group broke away from the other protesters and gained access to the building — within them one activist was spotted wearing red Momentum t-shirt.

And Corbyn-supporting popstar Lily Allen — who was slammed for accusing the media of a cover up over the disaster — was also photographed inside the town hall building.

Later Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party activists flooded a protest on Whitehall with pre-prepared placards and banners.

A group of hundreds of activists shut down Westminster and marched on Downing Street, demanding Theresa May resign.

Socialist worker placards read “MAY MUST GO” and “KICK THE TORIES OUT” and other signs said the Tories had “blood on their hands” and urged the public to “back Corbyn.”

Another banner unfurled was from the hard-left students union at London uni SOAS.

A dozen riot vans were on standby and a police helicopter circled above.

But one eyewitness slammed the Westminster protest as “a bunch of white middle class students, who were handed their signs.”

They went on: “These kids had nothing to do with Grenfell, it was just the usual suspects and the students turning up.”

Tory MP David Morris hit out: “This does not come as any surprise after the vile intimidation Momentum pumped out across the country during the election.”

He added: “It’s sad to see genuine anger and hurt hijacked for cheap political stunts and these people should be ashamed.”

This Blog dislikes the way the groups named turn up at demos with their placards, trying to give the impression of wider support than they have in reality, and attempting to impose their political agenda on other people’s campaigns.

The real left supports the campaign for justice led by the people from Grenfell Tower.

We do not have any agenda other than theirs.

But the people who printed and carried these placards did not burn people alive in the tower block and cause the  justifiable anger of the protesters.

This is a distasteful distraction.

It pales into insignificance at the the justified rage against those responsible.

The far-right British media  have mounted their own operation to take attention away from what is turning into the biggest catastrophe and political scandal in London of the new century.

This disaster was caused by free-market, loose-regulation policies, and the strategy of putting the working class and poor into substandard housing, above all those of  Conservatives Governments, and the specific responsibility of the Tory  Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

he people operating the printing presses did not burn people alive in the tower block and cause the very justifiable anger

Like millions in this country we can only endorse the demands of the campaigners:

1. Written commitment from the council on immediate rehousing of all the victims of Grenfell Tower fire, within the borough

2. Immediate release of funds to cover costs of welfare and all losses suffered by the victims

3. Commission investigation into the recent £10m refurbishment project of the same tower and bring those who failed to install adequate health and safety measures and equipment at the building

4. Release full list of victims of the tragedy so families can bereave their dead

5. Commission investigation into all other similar buildings in the borough to identify fire, health and safety risks and put in place immediate control measures

It is also hard not to agree with the ‘extremist’ views of Polly Toynbee (Guardian),

That tomb in the sky will be forever Theresa May’s monument. Grenfell marks the spot and her visit marks the moment the last vestiges of her career were finally rubbed out. She made it her own yesterday by that fateful “visit” to a handful of senior fire officers, guarding her from any contaminating contact with the bereaved and newly homeless. Dead to emotion or empathy, she sealed her fate.


Written by Andrew Coates

June 17, 2017 at 12:53 pm

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  1. Agree, and I see the Mail has already found the *migrant* whose faulty fridge they say started the fire.

    I am disturbed to see that there are still so many on the left who refuse to listen to people about the SWP. What is said about that rape-cult is heard as criticism of Corbyn. They don’t want to listen to facts because they hear them as ‘smears’.

  2. Not surprising really as the Kensington Labour Party as supported the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn since the 2015 leadership election,
    This includes the newly elected Labour M.P for Kensington Emma Dent Coad.

    Scott Reeve

    June 17, 2017 at 5:14 pm

  3. The SWP either didn’t suffer the membership melt down everyone thought it did after the rape case or it has recovered from that. Having said that it has always been able to mobilise membership to pack meetings and take over demonstrations. I remember the 1970s in the East End when a local event would suddenly be swamped with new faces and before long taken over.

    The ANL project was a case in point when the local Bangladeshi youth would organise a march and the SWP would hand out their placards and present it in Socialist Worker as having been entirely their effort and that local people were flocking to their banner.

    Dave Roberts

    June 18, 2017 at 5:22 am

  4. Paul Canning. It’s no good Mail bashing as what they have said is true. The guy is an immigrant and it was his fridge. I rather suspect that the fridge will turn out to be one that consumer groups have been campaigning to have withdrawn from the market but which I won’t name here in case of legal problems for the blog.

    Dave Roberts

    June 18, 2017 at 5:27 am

  5. On the other hand google BEKO fridges and there is an appalling list of disasters dating back years.

    Dave Roberts

    June 18, 2017 at 5:35 am

  6. Remember, those who have lost everything:

    Andrew Coates

    June 18, 2017 at 11:04 am

  7. The objection here is that it is morally wrong to turn up at a march led by people in deep mourning and sadness with ‘party building’ placards, which incidentally the Socialist Party/TUSC did at well.

    Andrew Coates

    June 18, 2017 at 11:06 am

  8. I agree Andrew and I have been told by friends who live in the area. Colville Terrace and All Saints Road, that the SWP are knocking on doors collecting for the victims. This should be exposed.

    Dave Roberts

    June 18, 2017 at 12:48 pm

  9. That really is a scandal Dave, an utter scandal: you should write something, we’ll publicise t. Believe me.

    Andrew Coates

    June 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm

  10. Hey Coatesy tell your pal Denham he is a tosspot. Banning people is fascist and born in ignorance and self indulgence. Up his kilt. Thought better of him at one time and his stance against anti semitism.

    Glasgow Working Class

    June 20, 2017 at 9:58 pm

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