The Grenfell Tower inferno was an act of social murder—a crime of capitalism. It was the end result of decades of deregulation and cuts, including the deadly impact of the gutting of the fire service, of Kensington and Chelsea Council’s ignoring repeated safety warnings and the criminal decision to cover the building in flammable cladding to make it look prettier for nearby rich residents.

Perspective

The politically guilty are known: Successive Conservative and Labour governments and councils that have destroyed Britain’s social infrastructure and turned London into a playground for the rich, while socially cleansing working people and the poor from the capital.

Yet no one has been brought to justice or even arrested. Prime Minister Theresa May’s promised inquiry is a fraud and the Labour Party is going along with it.

What must be done? Grenfell’s survivors and the thousands of local people who came to their aid have made clear that only when the working class takes action does anything happen. The Socialist Equality Party urges all workers and youth, including survivors and residents, to attend our meetings and contact us to discuss how a unified struggle against the profit system and for socialism will finally enable workers to determine their own destiny.

Political statements

The political implications of the Grenfell Tower fire

This speech was given by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden at the August 19 public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire. Read more…

The human cost of capitalism: The Grenfell fire and the poisoning of Flint, Michigan 30 June 2017

In both London and Flint—and cities throughout the globe—modern-day capitalism is condemning the working class to impossible conditions and an early grave. Read more…

The political implications of the Grenfell Tower fire 23 August 2017

This speech was given by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden at the August 19 public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire. Read more…

Social inequality and the Grenfell Tower inferno 19 June 2017

Thousands have met Prime Minister May’s promise to hold a public inquiry with denunciations of yet another cover-up, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gives his full support. Read more…

Corporate mass murder in London 17 June 2017

Thousands protested in London Friday to demand justice and the punishment of those responsible for mass murder in the worst housing fire in modern British history. Read more…

The Fire

Anatomy of the Grenfell Tower fire
Speech given by Thomas Scripps at Socialist Equality Party public meeting

“It is politically vital to establish why this one event is a crime perpetrated by capitalism against the working class…and to explain why we have declared Grenfell to be an act of social murder.” Read more…

London residents hold silent march for Grenfell victims

Around 500 local residents and others from London boroughs marched through the area surrounding Grenfell Tower Monday evening to mark two months since the fire. Read more…

The Grenfell Fire: Vigil held for five-year-old victim 25 July 2017

Family, friends and local residents gathered to mourn five-year-old Isaac Paulos, who lived with his family on Grenfell’s 18th floor and was found dead on the 13th floor. Read more…

International

These are the issues that confront the working class everywhere. 
Remarks by Jerry White of the SEP (US) at Grenfell Tower fire public meeting in London

Jerry White, a leading member of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States, brought greetings to the August 19 public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party in London on the Grenfell Tower fire. Published below are White’s remarks, which found a strong response. Read more…

Flammable cladding: Australian governments continue the political whitewash

Government officials feign concern while issuing empty promises to try to politically deflect widespread concerns by residents and workers about at-risk buildings.

Second fire at Dubai skyscraper underscores safety failures at Grenfell Tower

Dubai’s Torch Tower was engulfed in flames early Friday morning for the second time since 2015. According to Dubai officials, the blaze damaged 64 of the building’s 86-storeys. Read more…

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand discuss international significance of Grenfell Tower disaster

Speakers outlined the parallels between the fire in London, and the gutting of building safety regulations in Australia by successive Labor and Liberal-National governments.

Australian inquiry into dangerous building products: An exercise in political damage control 27 July 2017

Safety and building engineers condemn deregulation, privatisation of building inspection and government cost-cutting. Read more…

Housing

Salford residents speak of their safety concerns after Grenfell fire

Many tower blocks in Salford are clad in flammable material similar to that which encased the Grenfell Tower. Read more…

UK: 228 high-rise buildings fail mock-up fire tests post-Grenfell

Every single one of the cladding systems now being exposed as deadly had previously been signed off by various regulatory bodies as safe

London: Ledbury estate residents speak about evacuation from their homes

Residents of 242 flats on the Ledbury estate in south London spoke to the WSWS about Southwark Council’s telling them they will have to “temporarily decant the blocks over the coming weeks and months” for emergency works. Read more…

Grenfell fire: social cleansing by London councils widespread 24 July 2017

Formerly socially owned and essential assets have been transferred wholesale to major corporations and hedge funds, jeopardising the lives of working people. Read more…

Former Grenfell Tower residents left without permanent accommodation 4 August 2017

Currently, only 45 households have accepted accommodation offers, with only 12 properly rehoused.Read more…

May government admits hundreds more UK tower blocks potentially clad in combustible material 23 June 2017

With the final death toll from the inferno still unknown, the Conservative government has called a public inquiry as part of efforts to conceal its complicity in the disaster. Read more…

Cover-up

Channel Four News anchor Jon Snow: From mea culpas over Grenfell Tower to demands for censorship

Channel Four News anchor Jon Snow earned newspaper headlines last month when he delivered some home truths to the British media. Read more…

Grenfell Tower fire survivors reject local authority, police cover-up 28 July 2017

The Kensington and Chelsea councillors are entirely insulated from the social catastrophe that they inflicted on the working class population they want to drive out of the borough.Read more…

Residents confront head of government inquiry into Grenfell Fire 27 July 2017

Such consultations are an attempt to bestow much needed legitimacy on the inquiry, which will have no legal powers to prosecute anybody or hold anyone to account. Read more…

Three weeks after the Grenfell inferno: Official cover-up and callous indifference 5 July 2017

The period since the fire has underscored the ruling elite’s contempt for the traumatised survivors and the working class as a whole.Read more…

UK: May forced to call public inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire 16 June 2017

With many people still to be accounted for from a building that was home to between 500 and 600 people, London’s Metropolitan Police announced that the death toll from Wednesday’s fire had reached 17.Read more…

UK’s Daily Mail tries to scapegoat resident for Grenfell Tower inferno 21 June 2017

Angry denunciations of the tabloid flooded in after it tried to pin the blame for the horrific fire that cost the lives of at least 79 people on an Ethiopian taxi driver.Read more…

Socialist Equality Party (UK) members threatened and excluded from Grenfell Tower fundraiser 19 July 2017

SEP members were barred from a fundraising event for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which was being held in a public area near the burnt-out tower.Read more…

After the Grenfell fire: Britain’s Observer defends the role of the mainstream media
The loss of public trust in the media is not because of one or another wrong position, but because almost every major newspaper and TV station is in the pockets of the billionaires who own them. Read more…

Two weeks after London’s Grenfell Tower inferno, real death toll still concealed by Tory government 29 June 2017

As with the victims of their policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere, those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire are looked upon by the ruling class as “collateral damage.” Read more…

The Guilty

Boris Johnson and the Grenfell Tower inferno 24 June 2017

As London mayor, Johnson forced through massive cuts in the London Fire Brigade budget despite repeated warnings that they would cost lives.Read more…

Resignations at UK Shelter housing charity, after Grenfell exposes role of “Third Sector” 10 July 2017

The Grenfell Tower fire has laid bare the impact of decades of free market policies, deregulation and cuts in public spending initiated by Thatcher and continued by every subsequent government.Read more…

UK: Kensington and Chelsea Council struck deals to avoid building affordable housing 25 July 2017

Research by the BBC confirms the council has connived with construction firms and property companies to displace working class families from the borough. Read more…

Labour shadow chancellor says Grenfell Tower fire is “social murder”: What is he going to do about it?

Workers should ask John McDonnell, who says the guilty parties should be punished for Grenfell, what he and Labour are doing about it. Read more…

Culture

“The night our eyes changed”
Five musical responses to the Grenfell Tower inferno

Music mogul Simon Cowell brought together high-profile figures for a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, but a far more powerful and politically interesting response has come from local artists. Read more…

“We had to watch that, so why shouldn’t they have to listen to us?”
Interview with rapper El Nino about “Grenfell Tower’s Burning”

Following the World Socialist Web Site’s recent review of the artistic response to the Grenfell Tower fire from local artists, reviewer Paul Bond spoke to El Nino.

 

Interviews

Grenfell Tower fire: “I believe that it is social cleansing, and we are now seeing the result of it” 18 August 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to residents of Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell Tower fire and the SEP’s public meeting to be held Saturday. Read more…

Attendees at SEP public meeting discuss Grenfell Tower fire 26 August 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to those who came to the SEP public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire. Read more…

Grenfell fire: “It’s like Victorian days, where we have nothing and they have everything” 9 August 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to local residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell Tower fire.Read more…

Grenfell Tower survivor: “We pray that whoever has done this will get punished” 8 August 2017

A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell Tower fire, ahead of the public meeting, Grenfell Fire—Social Murder: A crime against the working class.Read more…

Residents in Bradford, England: “We are all affected by what has happened at Grenfell” 22 July 2017

Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents in Bradford about the Grenfell fire. Read more…

Grenfell Tower survivor: “We pray that whoever has done this will get punished” 8 August 2017

A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell Tower fire, ahead of the public meeting, Grenfell Fire—Social Murder: A crime against the working class. Read more…

Grenfell fire witness Johnny Regasa: “You saw so many people at their windows burning alive” 27 July 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to Johnny Regasa, who lost a friend, Hashim Kedir, in the Grenfell Tower fire and assisted several survivors.Read more…

Public meeting

Socialist Equality Party holds public meeting on Grenfell fire in London

The Socialist Equality Party held a public meeting Saturday on the June 14 Grenfell Tower fire, titled, “Social Murder: A crime against the working class.” Read more…

Socialist Equality Party public meeting on Grenfell Tower fire 26 August 2017

Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden delivered closing remarks to the SEP’s August 19 public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire. Read more…

Grenfell fire survivors speak at Socialist Equality Party public meeting 25 August 2017

A number of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire attended and spoke at the August 19 public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in London. Read more…

Worker at SEP public meeting on the Grenfell Tower fire: “We are working class and we always suffer. A few people who are rich, they call the shots.” 24 August 2017

Delroy, from Wembley in northwest London, spoke to the WSWS following the August 19 public meeting on Grenfell Tower. Read more…

Campaign

UK: Residents march against social cleansing by Newham Labour council 15 August 2017

Newham council is refusing to house those it is making homeless in the Carpenters Estate even though there are 400 vacant houses available. Read more…

London protests demand “Justice for Grenfell!” 19 June 2017

Hundreds gathered outside Kensington Town Hall, while thousands more marched on the government district of Whitehall. Read more…

UK: Residents march against social cleansing by Newham Labour council 15 August 2017

Newham council is refusing to house those it is making homeless in the Carpenters Estate even though there are 400 vacant houses available. Read more…

Protesters at Kensington and Chelsea council meeting: “This has been a massive crime and they all seem to be getting away with it” 21 July 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those protesting outside the meeting. Read more…