Last week Grenfell Tower in Kensington went up in smoke. I think that Amos would have had something to say about it! However, in British society, we have long ago given up seeing such incidents as ‘an act of God’. I don’t go along with making this or that person a scapegoat – the leader of Kensington Council has just been compelled to resign. The fault lies with all of us – a society which we allow to exist wherein the rich are safeguarded and pampered and the poor are exposed to life-threatening risks. Mea culpa! I do precious little to prevent the consequences of such injustice.
We are in a mess at the moment and our politicians have colluded with this situation for their own ends. Brexit was totally unnecessary. Austerity was, at best, a gross mistake – and Grenfell Tower has in part illustrated that. The recent ‘terror’ attacks in Manchester and London, as well as Grenfell Tower, are simply symbols of our inability to create a just and communal society. Its about time we engaged in some radical forms of intervention to try and get things a little nearer what would deliver fairness for all. At least Jeremy Corbyn is trying.