George Monbiot has written an important article titled “With Grenfell Tower, we’ve seen what ‘ripping up red tape’ really looks like” (The Guardian, June 15). He argues:
“There have been plenty of warnings that cladding can present a severe fire risk. To give just one example, in 1999 the House of Commons select committee on environment, transport and rural affairs published a report entitled Potential Risk of Fire Spread in Buildings Via External Cladding Systems.
“But both Conservative and New Labour governments have been highly reluctant to introduce new public protections, even when the need is pressing. They have been highly amenable to tearing down existing protections at the behest of trade associations and corporate lobbyists. Deregulation of this kind is a central theme of the neoliberal ideology to which both the Conservatives and Labour under Tony Blair succumbed.”
Thankfully we can be relieved that under Jeremy Corbyn’s principled leadership of the Labour Party these dark priorities of Blair’s “New Labour” are being turned upon their head. The needs of the many are now the priority of the leaders of the Labour Party – the Party is no longer the plaything of unaccountable elites.
Just think for a moment about the official warnings given by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in the aforementioned government report (in July 1999) and it will become all too clear why the Tories must be forced out of power and all Blairite MPs should be democratically replaced with principled individuals who reflect Corbyn’s socialist politics: