The Price We Pay

A thought occurred to me when I saw the BBC headline this morning of the Queen and Prince William visiting the area of the Grenfell tower fire. A fire that has left 17 people confirmed dead with 76 missing.

Buckingham Palace: Receives £370m for refurbishment.

Grenfell Tower: Doesn’t receive £300,000 for a sprinkler system.

As pointed out by numerous voices, one example being Aamer Anwar, these people died because they were poor. They continually raised awareness that fire alarms didn’t work and lifts repeatedly stopped.

People jumped.

People who were on the lower floors hurled whatever they could at windows to try and wake people up. They are at outside the incident now wondering whether they should have bothered as they think it would have been better if their neighbours had died from smoke inhalation in their sleep rather than in a panic to escape.

Aamer Anwar, human rights lawyer and current rector of Glasgow University, has said that a government inquiry is not good enough as it allows the government to set the parameters. He pointed out examples like the Hillsborough disaster and Bloody Sunday and how the government continually white washes these to make no one, especially the government, look at fault.

He wants an independent inquiry and a criminal investigation. This happened as a result of Tory austerity and cuts to both social housing and to the emergency services. That blood is on their hands.

When Boris Johnson was mayor of London he oversaw the closures of dozens of fire stations. We had Labour leader to Tony Blair, John McTernan, saying that ‘Only 2% of a fireman’s time is spent fighting fires.’ You cannot afford to cut emergency services to save a quick buck. Austerity does not work.

According to Akala, rapper and poet, rich people living nearby complained that the tower block was an eyesore and urged a refurbishment. This refurbishment results in 'pretty panels’ being placed on the outside, according to Aamer Anwar these panels assisted the fire.

This is an absolute tragedy and it exposes the utter corruption at the heart of government and in Tory austerity policy. Like Anwar, we fucking hope it ends in criminal charges.

anonymous asked:

(Sorry in advance if someone has already asked this) But what is your opinion on JJ Abrams calling Kylo a bad seed in the Blu-Ray feature? "But it's more than just having sorta of a bad seed as a kid" is the exact quote. I mean isn't it kind of weird to call him that, considering that Snoke began manipulating him before he was even born? Is it really fair to call him a bad seed? Thoughts?

Actually I think you are misinterpreting the quote. Here is the full quote…

“It’s more than just having a ‘bad seed’ as a kid. Snoke had targeted this kid and knew that this kid was going to be incredibly powerful in The Force and wanted him as an ally. So this mother and father had a target as a son, someone who’s watching their boy, and these parents aren’t there enough to guide him.”

JJ is saying that it wasn’t the case of Ben Solo being “just” a bad kid. That’s not what is going on, there is more to the story. Snoke’s manipulation is the main factor for why Ben’s fall.

Also here is Adam’s thoughts on this situation too…

“If you really imagine the stakes of him, in his youth, having all these special powers and having your parents kind of be absent during that process on their own agendas, [being] equally as selfish, he’s lost in the world that he was raised in, and feels that he was kind of abandoned by the people that he’s closest with. He’s angry because of that, I think, and he has a huge grudge on his shoulder.”


Okay, I’m quite proud of myself right now. I have a Style article about to come out in my magazine’s October issue and am working on another Style piece and an Arts & Entertainment one, as well, for the November issue. I love writing oh so much, ugh! 

@thebibliosphere, I have a newfound respect for the work you do. I’m the school’s Arts & Entertainment editor and I swear to god none of these kids know how to format an article. For fuck’s sake they’ve been writing five paragraph essays for years. Newspaper articles aren’t all that different, would you fucking format your shit at the very least oh my fucking god.